'Game Of Thrones' Sean Bean Reveals Ned Stark's Last Words

The death of Eddard 'Ned' Stark was the moment when every Game of Thrones fan realized HBO was taking the show very seriously. Death after death, and Ned's still remains at the top of the list when it comes to impact and surprise. The minutes leading up to Ned's beheading felt like hours. We waited expectantly for the clichéd intervention, but it never came. All we have to remember are his last words, but the problem is we never really figured out what they were. Until now.

Here's a clip of the ninth episode of Game of Thrones, "Baelor," to jog your memory.

During an interview with The Huffington Post to discuss a new series called The Oath, Sean Bean revealed Ned Stark was simply saying a prayer.

"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," Bean said. "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," he added. "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."

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Ned Stark died in 'Game of Thrones' Season 1. HBO

There are still, to this day, tons of fan theories about Ned's last words. Some say he uttered "Valar Morghulis," which translates to "all men must die" in High Valyrian (a phrase associated with the Faceless Men of Braavos, who Arya trains with in Seasons 5 and 6). Some would like to believe he muttered "I kept my promise," a hint at Jon Snow's past and the promise we now know Ned kept to his sister all these years: R + L = J. There was even a time-traveling Bran theory. There are even folks who still believe Ned never died at all, and Bean has news for them.

"I've heard rumors, but not from very good sources that I might be back," Bean says, eight seasons after his character's death. "But I think I've done my time there, and I created a good character. It'd be rather strange to see him resurrected."

How do you feel finally knowing the answer to this long-standing Game of Thrones mystery? Sounds off in the comments. Game of Thrones Season 8 arrives in 2019.