– by Seth McDonald

You all remember Ned Stark, right? The guy who many thought was destined to become ruler of the seven kingdoms? As we now know, that didn’t happen, and Ned was decapitated in King’s Landing. Some very detail oriented fans noticed that right before Lord Stark lost his head, he mumbled something, what was it? While discussing his new show Oath with The Huffington Post, actor Sean Bean, who played Ned Stark during the first season, finally revealed what Ned said on that fateful day.

Bean says that Ned was “just saying a prayer.”

Bean continued:

“It appears that way, doesn’t it? 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.”

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A simple but fitting explanation, it makes sense. Until now, fans came up with many theories on what Ned’s last words could mean, including him warging into an animal, trying to contact a time-traveling Bran Stark, and of course the show’s catch-phrase, valar morghulis. Some fans also theorize Ned switched bodies and may return to the show at some point, though Bean doesn’t seem to agree with that theory:

“No, they’ve never said that. 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.”

It’s very unlikely that Ned would return to the show, he served his purpose in the story and it would be way out of left field to bring him back in the midst of the chaos that Season 8 is sure to bring. While I wouldn’t rule out him appearing in a flashback scene, an actual return for the character is likely out of the question.

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Source: The Huffington Post