Ned Stark is very dead. We all saw his head come off, saw Sansa faint, saw Arya get the very first gleam of murder in her eyes as she watched. The day the apparent protagonist of Game of Thrones got decapitated was the moment in Season One when the show made clear it seriously could give no less of a shit whom you were hoping or expecting would live or die.
And yet, the latest news for Season Six is that he’s coming back. As a kid, at least. Thirteen-year-old Sebastian Croft, who looks rather adorably similar to Bran, will be playing him in a flashback. I think we all know what this means.
Young Ned is going to go see a witch wearing a distracting amount of eyeliner, just like Young Cersei did at the beginning of Season Five.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, if you bring Ned back just for that, there will be riots in the streets. No, we know what it means. This pivotal scene from way back in the second episode is finally coming around.
You are a Stark. You might not have my name, but you have my blood. When I see you again, we’ll talk about your mother.
GoT’s heartfelt parent-child moments that are immediately followed by death and tragedy have become almost a joke at this point. Every time a character says “…when I see you again,” they will obviously never, ever see each other again. But it looks like that storytelling trope might not be set in stone — because it’s finally time to talk about Jon Snow’s mom. And why, exactly, would we be talking about Jon Snow’s parents if we were not also expecting to see the return of that magnificent, dead bastard himself, eh?