By Nick Romano
April 10, 2019 at 12:06 PM EDT

Eddard Stark is back, just not in the way some Game of Thrones fans have been hoping for.

Sean Bean and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin joined Jimmy Fallon in a new Tonight Show sketch that aired Tuesday night. The members of “the Regular-Sized Council,” including Lord Black Thought and Steve Higgins’ version of Varys, “The Spider,” convened to answer one question: “How long must we f—ing wait for Game of Thrones?”

Game of Thrones is no mere TV show, Lord Black Thought,” barked Fallon. “It’s a way of life, a hallowed epic cruelly torn from our bosoms by a production hiatus most vile. Winter has come and gone, and then winter has come and gone again. And now ’tis spring and one this is clear, shorts weather is coming.”

Bean popped in to help quell the antsy Council, who, without any new episodes of Game of Thrones for so long, had to watch Young Sheldon.

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“Patience, my lord,” he says. “Your temper will not hasten the end you seek. The premiere is coming, but until then, we mustn’t lose our heads.”

“You get it?” he adds. “Mustn’t lose our heads.” We get it.

Martin, meanwhile, reminded Fallon that there will still be books to read after the series is done. He didn’t mention the planned Game of Thrones prequel with Naomi Watts, but that’s coming, too. As they say in the Iron Islands, what is dead may never die. That seems to be the case after Game of Thrones‘ final season debuts Sunday.

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