HBO 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Ned Stark may still be alive thanks to a Faceless Man

We've seen characters be killed off and brought back to life many times on 'GOT' and it is entirely possible that House leader Eddard Stark may just be alive


                            HBO 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Ned Stark may still be alive thanks to a Faceless Man

'Game of Thrones' has introduced us to many characters both memorable and forgettable but no one can quite match the presence of House leader Eddard Stark aka Ned Stark played by Sean Bean. His presence on screen was a powerful one and his short-lived role is still remembered years after his death on the show.

It is joked that Sean Bean has died a record number of times on screen, about 25 times according to some estimates, though the actual record is currently held by John Hurt who's actually died a whopping 43 times in his career! However, a new theory suggests that Sean Bean may return in season 8 to reprise his role, thereby bringing his number of deaths down to 24.

Ned was introduced to us in the very first episode of 'Game of Thrones' as the virtuous and honorable patriarch of House Stark and the father of six children. He takes up the role of Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon and it is his unwavering loyalty and honor that got Ned to lose his head in the ninth episode of the first season.

Ned Stark losing his head for his honor and values in HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. (Source: IMDB)
Ned Stark losing his head for his honor and values in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' (Source: IMDB)

Ned coming back to life is far from the craziest thing that's happened on the show so far (Beric Dondarrion has been brought back to life six times so far), and the next season may see Ned reprise his role as leader of House Stark because of one key detail, The Faceless Men.

The Faceless Men are a religious society of assassins who worship the Many-Faced God, a god of death. They are based in the House of Black and White, in the Free City of Braavos, though they claim to have originated in the Valyrian Freehold. One of their many "abilities" is to steal and perfectly mimic the identity of a person. And we found out in the last season that Ned's daughter Arya is now a Faceless Man.

Tom Wlaschiha as Jaquen H'ghar in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' (Source: IMDB)
Tom Wlaschiha as Jaquen H'ghar in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' (Source: IMDB)

 

According to one fan theory, the man who was beheaded was not Ned but Jaqen H'ghar(a Faceless Man) with Ned's face. Although it's been mentioned that the Faceless Men can only change faces with someone who's dead, which would make it impossible for Jaqen to use Ned's face to replace him at his execution, that fact contradicts itself at the end of season five when Arya pulls faces off Jaqen and reveals her own face. Seeing as she's sitting right there, very much alive, we can possibly assume that there are exceptions to this "dead people only" rule.

So, when Ned is thrown in the cells beneath the Red Keep before his death, he could have come across Jaqen, who is also imprisoned in these cells. The Faceless Men are trained assassins who are notoriously hard to capture, but again, in the series, we see Jaquen captured and caged in order to be sent to the Wall. Could this have been the second time that Jaquen is purposely arrested in order to help the Stark family?

Jaquen H'ghar getting captured by Yoren and being transported to The Wall in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' (Source: IMDB)
Jaquen H'ghar getting captured by Yoren and being transported to The Wall in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' (Source: IMDB)

The Faceless Men do worship the god of death and, as ironic as it is, death would be their ultimate goal in life so they may just go out helping those in need, like the Starks.

Here's hoping that Ned does return in season 8 and make an example of Cersei who's been a little too cushy on her throne made of swords.

'Game of Thrones' will return on April 14 for the final season only on HBO.