Sean Bean reveals what Ned Stark was saying moments before his death in 'Game of Thrones'
During the years it's spent on our screens, Game of Thrones has amassed a significant audience worldwide. However, not everyone has been there from the beginning.
For those of us who have (and I don't want to be that guy, but I have been loyally tuning in to GoT since 2011), some moments will stand out more than others - especially if they happened right at the end of a season, and we had to wait a whole year to see what would come next.
And, of course, the first of those moments had to be the death of Eddard "Ned" Stark.
As the first prominent character to be axed from the show, Ned Stark caused a lot of discussion amongst fans. For a while, there was speculation that he would return, with many people being hopeful that the Lord of Light or some other magical force would bring him back from the grave - but it was not to be.
Still, that didn't stop people from paying very close attention to the Lord of Winterfell's final moments in search of some sort of hint for what was yet to come.
Many people theorized that he was saying "Valar Morghulis" (which, if you aren't fluent in High Valyrian, means "all men must die"), while others suggested that he could be spilling the truth about Jon Snow's lineage.
But, after years of wondering, Sean Bean has finally revealed the answer.
As it turns out, he was saying a prayer. And, while it's not as exciting as everyone had hoped, it seems pretty logical when you think about it.
"It appears that way (as if he was praying) doesn’t it?" Bean said. "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."
The actor even said that he didn't expect people to notice; but, of course, at the time, he had no idea how obsessed people would become with the show.
"It’s quite subtle in that many people wouldn’t pick it up," Bean 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."
Of course, Ned would go on to appear in subsequent episodes through flashbacks and Bran's visions, but it seems that his last moments on the block didn't really provide any answers for later on, after all.
Still, at least that's one mystery cleared up. Now we just need season eight to air so we can find out how the other five billion unexplained events and cliffhangers get sorted out.