It’s been approximately seven years since it happened, but we can’t stop thinking about the death that started it all. Ned Stark’s beheading was a pivotal moment on Game of Thrones, one that we are still trying to make sense of today. We remember it all too distinctly — Ser Ilyn Payne driving a sword through Ned, mercilessly decapitating him, and Ned whispering to himself moments before it happened. But what was he muttering under his breath? What were his last words? This is something that has plagued fans for literal YEARS.
Some believe that the Lord of Winterfell whispered “Valar Morghulis,” which, to the uninitiated, means “All men must die.” Some posit that he simply said, “I kept my promise,” referencing to Jon Snow’s true parentage.
But alas, in an interview with HuffPost, Sean Bean, the actor who played Ned Stark, put an axe to all these theories and revealed that Ned’s last words were not as complicated as we’re all making it out to be — HE WAS JUST SAYING A PRAYER.
I mean, he’s not wrong. If you’re about to be beheaded in front of your daughters and the whole city, what else could you do?
And if you think there’s a sliver of a chance that Ned Stark could come back to the show, don’t hold your breath. It’s not going to happen.
Now that that’s settled, it’s high time that we finally let Ned Stark rest in peace. But don’t worry, Ned, you will never be forgotten, because the North remembers.