Could Ned Stark Return on Game of Thrones?

Photo: HBO
Photo: HBO


Sean Bean wants to return to Game of Thrones and he knows the perfect way to do it: Flashbacks. Speaking about Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) connection with the heart tree, Bean said he could see his character, Ned Stark, featuring in Bran’s visions.

“I’m obviously not Jon Snow’s dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don’t you?” Bean told Vulture. “So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things?”

Flashbacks that included Bean would be amazing, of course. Perhaps showing his time during Robert’s Rebellion and even something showing his fateful final moments with his sister, Lyanna? As Bean suggests, if Martin and Thrones ever got around to clarifying Jon Snow’s parentage that would be the perfect moment for a flashback featuring Ned. The actor seems to subscribe to the popular theory about Jon (SPOILERS).

So far the HBO show has not used flashbacks despite the source text being heavy with them. Bean’s interest could be enough to change this though, or at least I very much hope it is.

“That should happen, shouldn’t it? I’ve definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there,” Bean continued. “You never know what those guys (Thrones’ producers) are going to do with that. It’s got to be something special. But I’m into that.”

Me too, Sean Bean. Me too.


Stephanie Coats