This year, Game of Thrones broke its “no flashbacks” rule by opening the season with young Cersei Lannister receiving a prophecy from the woods witch Maggy the Frog. A la Lost, it looks as if these flashbacks are going to become more prevalent as the show moves forward since we now know that at least one more is headed for Season 6, involving a certain young Sean Bean.
That’s 13 year old theatre actor Sebastian Croft, who has appeared in a bunch of stuff in the aforementioned medium, ranging from Oliver! to Les Miserables. I know – musicals just scream solemn young Northerners.
Back in May, Watchers on the Wall released a pretty extensive casting call for the next series which included these very Stark-ish roles:
- A large boy, with an actor who is 10-12 but playing 7 or 8. He’s described as “a clever boy” who seems too large for his age. He’s big and tall but not fat. “Characterful squat features” are a plus for this part. it’s specified that this is a one-time appearance.
- 12 year old boy, with brown hair and blue eyes. He needs to use a Northern accent. He has scenes where he has to spar with a wooden sword. The length of the role isn’t specified.
- 7 year old boy with dark brown hair, a narrow face and green eyes. He also has a Northern accent. He also spars with the wooden sword, so it’s safe to assume it’s the same scene. This role is similarly open-ended, the description only stating that the character is being ‘introduced.’
The last one basically describes Ned to a T, so everyone’s assuming that that character is him. The other two are a little more tricky; the 12 year old boy could be Brandon Stark, Ned’s older brother, but the ‘large boy’ role sounds exactly like that of a young Robert Baratheon. Unless D&D are shaking up the history a bit – which they very well could be – then those two characters probably aren’t going to be involved in a sparring session. In fact, they’ve even cast another guy who looks like Bobby B.
That lad is Fergus Leathem. Big? Tall? Brown hair? He could pull off a young Mark Addy.
Now that we have actors set for Ned Stark and maybe Robert Baratheon, the question is – what are they gonna do? If you’re a book reader then you probably have some idea of how the characters can be shown, but if not then don’t fret – let’s just say it may or may not involve Bran.
I also wouldn’t be shocked if the 12 year old boy role became a 12 year old girl; it would make a lot more sense to have Lyanna Stark involved as she was betrothed to Robert and was incredibly close to Ned. Plus, it allows the audience to get to know and sympathise with her before that other thing happens which is most certainly gonna be shown because it’s obvious and the best fan theory ever. Ahem.
Game of Thrones is back next Spring. I really hope they get Sean Bean back as well – because Sean Bean is awesome.