…But probably not in the way you were expecting.
Watchers on the Wall reported today that 13-year-old English actor Sebastian Croft has been cast for the role of a young Ned Stark.
Croft may not be a household name, but for 13-years-old this kid already has one hell of a theater resume. He has appeared in London West End productions of Matilda and Les Miserables. He also starred as Oliver in a UK national tour of Oliver!, and most recently he played the title role in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ at the Leicester Curve.
Based on Croft’s appearance alone, he seems to be a dead ringer for Ned… albeit much much younger, of course. Just look at those eyes!
We last saw Ned Stark way back in season 1, where he was played by Sean Bean. The character famously lost his head only to find it later on a stick, all thanks to the King Douchebag, Joffrey.
Although his appearance was short lived, Ned still remains one of the most beloved characters in the entire A Song of Ice and Fire book and HBO series.
Many fans have long believed that Sean Bean would eventually reappear in the series to finally bring some confirmation to the L+R=J theory. Others yet hope that he will reappear for some sweet, sweet Lady Stoneheart x Zombie Ned goodness…or maybe that’s just me.
But pretty much no one speculated that we’d be seeing a Ned this young. What purpose will he serve, we wonder?
Let us know your theories in the comments below!