Fans of Game of Thrones were shocked all the way back in season one when Ned Stark, the main character thus far on the show, was executed by Joffrey Baratheon. But even after coping with his death, fans were still haunted by one thing from his execution: what were his final words?
Well, it appears we may finally know. Sean Bean appeared on Huffington Post to promote his new project when he was asked about Ned Stark’s final words. Was it “valar morghulis,” a phrase from the show meaning all men must die? Was it something about Jon Snow’s secret parentage? Was he warging into an animal to continue his life? Or perhaps sending a message to his son, who would later become the time-traveling Three-Eyed Raven?
Apologies to Game of Thrones fans, but it was none of the above. According to Bean, it was just a little prayer.
“I couldn’t be too specific, because I don’t know if religion [like that] was around in those days, whatever they were,” Bean says. “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.”
Obviously, Bean wasn’t too avid a follower of the show’s lore otherwise he would’ve known that the Starks worshipped the Old Gods, while the rest of Westeros worshipped the Seven.
So apparently Ned Stark was just mumbling a generic prayer.
We’ll continue to believe the crazy fan theories instead.