Could Sean Bean return as Ned Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel?

Is Ned Stark back from the dead?

Sean Bean has spoken on the prospect of reviving the role of Ned Stark for a Game of Thrones prequel – and it seems that he’s refusing to rule anything out.

The veteran star portrayed Stark in the first season of HBO’s fantasy epic, before the character was beheaded in one of the show’s earliest shocking scenes.

But as Game of Thrones prepares to air its final season next year, Bean has inevitably been quizzed about whether he’d be up for reviving the role in a potential spin-off.

Although remaining sceptical, he’s refusing to rule out a full return.

“I don’t know how we can ” Sean Bean told the Hollywood Reporter when asked about a potential prequel. “I don’t know how anyone can be, since they’re going backwards, I’d be younger. Now, we all look a little bit older.”

“I’m always a bit reluctant to go back to shows under a different format or guise,” he continued.

“But you never know with something like this, it just depends on the time frames. I think if the quality was maintained. You know, the kind of thought behind it, if it didn’t look as though it was an add-on just to capitalise on earlier success.”

Game of Thrones will come to an end next year

Although the show will finish next year, HBO has previously confirmed that spin-offs and prequels could be a very real prospect. Last month, it was also revealed that fans will soon be able to visit some of the show’s most iconic sets in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“The Game of Thrones Legacy attractions will be on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen”, HBO confirmed in a statement. “Each site will feature not only the breathtaking sets, but will also exhibit displays of costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models, and other production materials.”