One of the most shocking moments from the first season of Game of Thrones was the beheading of Lord Eddard Stark (played by Sean Bean) on Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) orders, which set off the chain of events seen for the past seven seasons. Bean was arguably the biggest star of the show and for viewers who’ve never read George R.R. Martin’s books; Ned’s death took them by surprise and firmly established the fact that no character was safe on the HBO series.
Even though Ned met his demise seven years ago in the 2011 episode “Baelor,” fans are still speculating to this day as to his final words. As you can see below, the character was seen murmuring something just as Ser Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson) swings down Ned’s own Valyrian greatsword, Ice, to cut off his head.
Many theories have made the rounds over the years as to what Ned said in his final moments but Bean finally revealed what his character’s last words on the show were in a recent interview with Huffington Post. According to the Lord of the Rings actor, Ned was… “just saying a prayer.”
“It appears that way, doesn’t it?” Bean added. “I couldn’t be too specific, because I don’t know if religion [like that] was around in those days, whatever they were. I just thought, ‘What would you do if this were really gonna happen?’ You probably would pray. You probably would murmur some words and you’d keep it quiet. You’d keep it to yourself. It’s quite subtle in that many people wouldn’t pick it up. It was an interesting thing to do for me at that point. There’s not much you can do really, you’ve got your head on a block. That’s about the only thing you can do is murmur.”
Some of the theories that previously surrounded Ned’s parting words included him saying “valar morghulis” (which means “all men must die”), to him trying to communicate with Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is now the Three-Eyed Raven and is able to “time travel” and see past events. Others have argued that Ned said “I kept my promise,” referring to him keeping Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) true parentage secret. Fans have even speculated that it wasn’t really Ned but a Faceless Man who died, or that he warged into someone else and that he’s still alive.
But if you’re still holding out hope Ned will return to Game of Thrones for the show’s final season, don’t hold your breath. Bean said HBO hasn’t reached out to him for a possible comeback. “No, they’ve never said that,” Bean said. “And yeah, I’ve heard rumors, but not from very good sources that I might be back. But I think I’ve done my time there, and I created a good character. It’d be rather strange to see him resurrected.”
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and deadly final season sometime in 2019.
(via Huffington Post)