Young actor Matteo Elezi’s role in Game of Thrones Season 6 has been kept sort of quiet. His IMDb page reveals that he will be portraying a young Benjen Stark in one of Bran’s flashback visions (Sebastian Croft will play a young Eddard Stark). He’ll show up this Sunday for the second episode of Season 6.
Elezi and his mother were interviewed by BBC Radio’s Alison Butterworth and Phil Trow. The young actor talked about his casting on the show and filming scenes for Season 6. The show itself is long—just over three hours. The Game of Thrones section starts around 02:51:38. Elezi drops a few spoilers along the way, so tread lightly.
Matteo Elezi (young Benjen Stark) and Sebastian Croft (young Eddard Stark) spar with wooden swords. Game of Thrones Season 6
Matteo talked excitedly about what it meant to him to be cast on a show as massive as Game of Thrones: “literally the whole world is watching you.” The young actor’s mother lets him watch his own scenes, but will view the episode first so she can skip past any potentially offensive bits.
Later, the hosts asked young Matteo if he had any interaction with the stars of the show, and his response probably said a lot more than he meant it to:
"I was getting my hair cut…and I was next to Jon Snow, and he was getting his hair cut as well…and I was like talking to him, and I only realized at the end he was actually Jon Snow."
So Kit Harington got a haircut around the time young Matteo Elezi was getting one. I wonder what that portends for future Jon Snow scenes? Regardless, it’s quite fun to hear the awe and excitement in Matteo’s voice as he talks about his experience.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright will return to Game of Thrones this Sunday as Bran Stark, and will apparently flash back to Winterfell as it was years ago—that could be one of the reasons Episode 2 is entitled “Home.” So expect to see Matteo Elezi as young Benjen, sparring with Sebastian Croft as young Eddard, as Bran watches, this Sunday.