There have been several scenes from Game of Thrones that have eluded the audience in their vague portrayals over the years. Since the critically acclaimed television series deviated from the original novels, more so as the seasons went on, there were no source materials to rely on except for the showrunners themselves.
Take heed that what follows can be termed as possible spoilers, despite the specific episode premiering more than six years ago.
Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was a fan-favorite character introduced in the very first season. However, as the audience would come to learn with time, the life expectancy rate in Westeros is pretty low.
He was unexpectedly executed in the finale, leaving everyone shocked and saddened. However, before his head was chopped off, Ned Stark mumbled something that has never been deciphered… until now.
Speaking with Huffington Post in a recent interview, the actor revealed his final words for fans that have been theorizing the scene ever since. He was simply praying.
“I couldn’t be too specific, because I don’t know if religion 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.”
There have been many fan-crafted theories since the character perished. Some speculated that Ned Stark whispered “valar morghulis” in the end, which translates to “all men must die” in High Valyrian. There were also some who believed — hoped — that he was still alive and in hiding.
With Game of Thrones currently producing the eighth and final season, the chances of Bean returning are extremely slim. There will be six episodes in total, with the first one confirmed to arrive in April 2019.