There's a theory about everything on Game of Thrones. It's only natural, then, that Ned Stark's death has agonized fans for seven years. It's the moment that changed the show forever—when it killed off its biggest star and main hero, defining Game of Thrones as a story where no one is safe. But just before that axe fell on Ned's poor doomed neck, he whispered something that has remained a mystery for the better part of a decade.
But what was it? There have been many theories over the years. Some believe he whispered, "I kept my promise," to his dying sister who asked him to keep the real identity of Jon Snow a secret. Others think that he said, "Valar Morghulis," which is the Game of Thrones phrase that means "All men must die." This, of course, would align with the theory that Ned Stark was replaced by a Faceless Man and is still alive, roaming Westeros and not helping his messed-up family or avenging his dead wife.
Well, it turns out—at least according to Sean Bean, the actor who played Ned Stark—it's nothing quite that interesting. He was "just saying a prayer," Bean told The Huffington Post.
“It appears that way, doesn’t it?” Bean said, alluding to the fact that, yes, it does appear as though the doomed man is praying. “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.”
Yeah, so... Not as exciting as fans had hoped. And to squash anyone's dreams even further, he confirmed that Ned Stark is definitely not coming back.
“No, they’ve never said that,” Bean said. “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.”
But, does that count out a zombie Ned spinoff series?
From: Esquire US