A Long-Dead Main Character Is (Sort Of) Returning To ‘Game Of Thrones’

For the first time in the show’s history, last season of Game of Thrones had a flashback scene. It didn’t provide anything we weren’t already aware of — Cersei will marry a king, until someone “younger and more beautiful” takes everything, etc. — but it still provided some context of why SHAME personified is the way she is. Specifically, why she distrusts frogs. There’s going to be another flashback sequence in season six, although this time with a long-dead character.

According to reliable sources, the part of young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones season 6 has been cast. Stepping into the role made famous on the show by Sean Bean will be 13-year-old English [and experienced theatre] actor Sebastian Croft. (Via)

It’s likely that Croft is the 7-year-old boy mentioned in this season’s casting call, with “dark brown hair, a narrow face, and green eyes” and a Northern accent. He’ll be sparring using a wooden sword with another new cast member, a brown-haired, blue-eyed 12-year-old, also with a Northern accent. If that turns out to be Young Robert, then the flashback will likely take place in the Eyrie, where Ned was fostered. Either way, the Sean Bean Curse affects even the younger versions of Sean Bean’s characters, so R.I.P., this kid.

(Via Watchers on the Wall)