There’s been a lot of talk about prequels and character resurrections around Game of Thrones recently, much of it surrounding the character of Ned Stark, patriarch of the Starks of Winterfell and a key figure in Robert’s Rebellion.
Unfortunately for fans of the character, Ned lost his head at the end of Season 1, but fans have held onto the hope that actor Sean Bean might one day be given the opportunity to return to the character, even if it was just for a flashback scene.
Bean himself seems a little unsure about the prospect. On Larry King Now, Bean explains to King that he’s not really sure how his return would work, given that he’s dead in the present and that HBO would likely look to a younger actor for a prequel or flashback. Check out a clip from the interview below.
Rumor has it that Bean is correct in his assessment of the situation. We know that Bran Stark is going to use his supernatural abilities to see into Westeros’ history in Game of Thrones Season 6, and reports from around the show’s set suggest they’ve been shooting the Tower of Joy sequence fans have been yearning for. Ned plays a large role in that scene, but Bean has stated that he was not called back for it. HBO reportedly cast a younger actor to fill his shoes.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO April 24.