For those who have been waiting, the truth has been revealed. Game of Thrones first big death happened in the very first season, letting TV audiences know that they’re not playing around. Sean Bean‘s Ned Stark won over audiences before the character’s brutal end. And some fans have been obsessing over that ending with theory after theory. We learned the truth in an interview with Huffington Post.

Theories on what Ned Stark was saying right before he was executed have been the tame to the wildly creative. Some believe he was saying “valar morghulis”, some believe he was talking about the promise he made to his sister. Some have even speculated that he’s trying to talk to Bran about escaping, due to Bran’s warging abilities. But it’s nothing more than a prayer.

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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.

Frankly, I had never even considered any of the theories. When I watched it all those many years ago, I understood him to be praying. He’s a believer in the Old Gods, often to the Godswood to quietly contemplate. It didn’t make sense for him to do anything else but think on his family and try to say a few words to the Old Gods.

Did you have a theory regarding Ned’s last words? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Game of Thrones news. The final season airs in 2019.