Brand new E4 show Wasted – one of the year’s finest comedies – began with two back-to-back episodes last night. And while its makers may have been hoping watercooler discussion centred on the show’s neat bringing-up-to-date of Spaced‘s late-1990s surrealism, you can’t ignore the fact that the limelight was stolen by Ned bloody Stark!
Yes, he may have been (SPOILER ALERT) prematurely executed early on in the Game of Thrones, but in E4’s slacker comedy, Sean Bean (who played Stark) appears as a cloaked – and thinly veiled – spirit guide for the hapless character Morpheus, and by all accounts he’s totally owning the show.
Set in a small West Country town, Wasted finds Morpheus (Danny Kirrane), Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth), Sarah (Rose Reynolds) and Kent (Dylan Edwards) do what most bored 20-somethings do in rural England: drink and take drugs.
One scene sees Bean giving Morpheus some tough love and a gruff ‘wake-up call’ with a slap, while another particular brilliant moment showcasing Bean’s comedic chops as he refuses to be coaxed into completing his characters’ immortal ‘Winter Is Coming’ line. Speaking to Digital Spy, Kirrane praised Bean for his witty off-the-cuff quips. “He even improvised. I found it really hard not to laugh when I did any of the bits with Sean. I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything else like this – but he took to it like a duck to water.”
Fans have been undoubtedly won over by the actor’s deadpan delivery and sharp backchat.
Let’s just hope he lasts longer in this show…