Could this be the actor playing Jon Snow’s real dad in Game of Thrones?

Fans are convinced they've found Rhaegar Targaryen on Instagram, and he's no stranger to a dragon

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The identity of Jon Snow’s parents is one of the most discussed and theorised topics in Game of Thrones history and now it’s been pretty much confirmed that he is indeed the product of Lyanna Stark and Dany’s big brother Rhaegar Targaryen, everyone’s wondering who could possibly play Jon’s princely father in the series? 

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We got our first look at Lyanna Stark on her deathbed in series six , when The Fall and Clique’s Aisling Franciosi popped up in Bran’s visions.  And considering we’ve now been brought up to date with the circumstances of Jon’s birth, it wouldn’t exactly be ridiculous to assume that we might see the events leading up to his conception some time soon too. 

That’s where young UK-based actor Wilf Scolding comes in…

Old Wilfys back in the kitchen tonight #tbt #notdonethisforawhile

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The former Royal Welsh College of Drama student’s name has been floated as a potential Rhaegar among Game of Thrones fans on Reddit for a little while now, mainly because he follows Franciosi – who played Lyanna – on Twitter. And it just so happens that she follows him back.

Sleuthing fans tipped him as the daddy that was promised two months ago after they spotted that he had followed Game of Thrones hairstylist Kerstin Weller – who also followed him back – on Instagram. She’s worked on the show for a little while now, and IMDB suggests she’s most recently been working on series seven.

Coincidence? Quite possibly. But now fans say that Scolding’s name has also allegedly appeared on a cast list that hackers claim to have obtained from HBO during a cyber attack on the network.

It’s not wild to think that the actor, who Archers fans will know best as Ambridge’s own Chris Carter, could have nabbed the plum role either. Aisling Franciosi was well known for her work in Quirke and The Fall in the UK when she was cast as Lyanna, but to viewers abroad she wasn’t a familiar face.

And he’s also got another minor connection to Thrones. Just like Joe Dempsie (Gendry) and Hannah Murray (Gilly), Scolding has previously appeared in Skins. You might have missed him in series three episode one as he had just a few lines: “Wooooah, I’m Bruno. What do you know?” he mused to Katie before asking “who’s your friend?” and being scared off by an overly enthusiastic Pandora.

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He made quite the impression but we hope that’s not how Rhaegar would plan to seduce Lyanna Stark…

That’s if the former Royal Welsh College student (who clearly has experience dealing with dragons) is even playing the role. He could be playing Stark Guard #7284 for all we know!

And there have been several other names rumoured, including US musician Devin Oliver. He caused quite the stir when he posted a snap on Instagram last September, suggesting that he’d be popping up in the series.

I may or may not have made an appearance in Game Of Thrones season 7 🙊 📷 @leaborama

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Sporting the beloved Targaryen silver/white blonde locks, he looked every inch the potential Rhaegar – but fans remain unconvinced.

Surely if you’d nabbed such a vital role you’d be sworn to secrecy, right? You wouldn’t be sharing the evidence on Instagram.

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And let’s face it, there’s still no concrete proof that we’ll even meet Rhaegar Targaryen this series, so it’s all just a song of speculative ice and fire… for now.