What if we told you that one of the most surprising and upsetting minutes in the entirety of Game of Thrones may have been a trick? We think that Ned Stark is still alive and kicking in Westeros? That Sean Bean really didn’t die for once!?
It sounds crazy and stupid, but so does almost everything in this tv show. So, one fan theory makes a surprisingly impressive case for Ned Stark still being alive. That is right, there is completely a chance that we could see a very much alive Ned Stark shocking everyone by jumping up in Season 7 or 8!
There are actually two theories that have been floating around that offer information for Ned Stark possible surviving his own public killing, as reviewed by the YouTube account The Last Harpy.
The first theory, which is less convincing, points to the birds we see flying away from King’s Landing during Ned’s execution scene and his low muttering before the beheading. Since we know warning talent runs in the Stark blood, some fans have theorized that Ned could have been into one of the birds and escaped.
The problem with that theory is that it means Ned Stark is either a secret master of unheard of abilities, or he’s held as a bird for the rest of his life.
The more convincing theory is Ned Stark got some help from Jaqen H’ghar to fool everyone into thinking he was killed when he actually escaped. This theory puts forth the idea that Ned met Jaqen while being held in the Black Cells before his death, and the Faceless Man used his talent to switch places with Ned.
So, that means that the Jaqen who winds up training Arya would be her father in front the whole time! Fans and viewers think that the fact that Jaqen is uncharacteristically protective with Arya as further proof of this crazy theory.
So what do you think? Could we find out that Jaqen H’ghar has quietly been Ned Stark this whole time when Season 7 premieres on July 16? Or is it all just the enthusiastic thinking of fans who don’t think Ned deserved such an early death?