Among the damage caused by the recent hacking of HBO, there may something that outdoes the leaked Game of Thrones scripts and the stars personal information -- the actor who might be playing Rhaegar Targaryen.
He's arguably one of the most important characters in the whole series (books and television) yet, Rhaegar, the son of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen and older brother to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Viserys (Harry Lloyd), was killed by Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) at the ruby ford during the Battle of the Trident after abducting (or running off with) Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) and is completely absent (besides in memory) from the current timeline. Among the many living Game of Thrones characters, Rhaegar and his importance has never been forgotten. It was revealed last season -- through one of Bran's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) visions -- that, while at the Tower of Joy, Lyanna gave birth to a child before she was reunited with her bother Ned Stark (Sean Bean/Robert Aramayo) and died.
And that baby happened to be Jon Snow (Kit Harington) -- the current King in the North who has both wolf and dragon blood running through is veins.
Now, a new report by Huffpost, states that the recent HBO hacks reveals that Rhaegar may be featured in a flashback this season and that actor Wilf Scolding will be in the role. Of course none of this is officially confirmed, but there have been a couple of Reddit detectives who have found some clues that could lead to Scolding playing the Targaryen. One user predicted the casting through Scolding's Twitter history:
— Wilf Scolding (@WilfScolding) September 23, 2015
"Last year in late September, Lyanna’s actress Aisling Franciosi started following him on twitter. He followed her back, and he also started following the Game of Thrones twitter account and Liam Cunningham."
Another user, who goes by the username tyrantting, posted more recently that casting was in the massive HBO leaks. Here is what they wrote:
"It's in the HBO leaked file, we cant show full image because there’s personal information. But he’s on the list under ‘Rhaegar’"
Scolding is relatively new to acting, appearing in Put Down (2014), The Passing Bells (2014) and Bees Make Honey (2017). For many of the actors in Game of Thrones the series was their big break, so it wouldn't be surprising if Thrones a newcomer and virtual unknown like Scolding.
The idea of Rhaegar making an appearance in Game of Thrones is also very exciting. We have heard so much about the famed prince but it would be interesting to see if the real Rhaegar matches up to the legends and tales, so let's hope that this leak happens to be true.
Game of Thrones continues Sunday with 'Eastwatch' @9pm on HBO.