Could Ned Stark be returning to Game of Thrones?

A rumoured new casting suggests we haven't seen the last of the honourable lord of Winterfell in the HBO series...

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The internet has been awash with speculation that a certain Game of Thrones character might be making an unexpected return after his on-screen death. Long-haired and northern, obsessed with honour and with the blood of the First Men running through his veins, he’d certainly be a welcome return for fans – and now it looks like they might be getting their wish granted. 

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Yep, if the rumours are true we’ll certainly be glad to see Ned Stark back in action. Wait, who did you think we meant?

You may remember a month or two ago that we wrote about how Game of Thrones sounded like they were trying to cast a younger version of Sean Bean’s character (who was beheaded in 2011’s series one), after a casting call looking for a young sword-fighting actor with a northern accent made the rounds online.

Well, according to Watchers on the Wall, the HBO series has found its Ned – 13-year-old actor Sebastian Croft (above), who has previously appeared on stage in Matilda, Les Miserables and Oliver!, and who seems to match the casting description (below): 


Boy Aged 12

Brown hair and blue eyes. This is a great part for a 12 year old boy. We need a Northern accent, very grounded and physical and who you can instantly see has great heart and soul. He has scenes where he has to spar with a wooden sword so physical skills are important. 

A very good and memorable new part being introduced in this season.


If this character (or actor) is supposed to be young Ned we’d expect him to appear in some sort of flashback, perhaps relating to the birth of his illegitimate son Jon Snow or the death of his sister Lyanna. In fact, if our theory about this filming location for series 6 turns out to be true, it could involve both…

Alternatively, Croft could just be playing a little northern kid who has some wacky adventures in Westeros and loves his wooden swords. We’ll just have to wait until next spring to find out. Is it next spring yet?

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