Sean Bean Stopped Watching 'Game of Thrones' After They Chopped His Head Off

Sean Bean's untimely departure from Game of Thrones left viewers utterly dumbfounded. At the time of his beheading, he was no doubt the show's most important character, and arguably its biggest star.

And well, it turns out the English actor - who played Ned Stark in the HBO fantasy drama - was also so taken aback by the decision to chop off his head, he "stopped watching" almost immediately after.

"The North remembers" (Image: HBO)

In a recent interview with the AOL Build Series, Bean was asked whether he still watches the show and who he wants to see on the Iron Throne at the end of the revered series.

"I think I got my head chopped off in the ninth episode, so I stopped watching it then," he said:

"I catch up on it now and again, but I really should get the box set."

"So who do you think should sit on the Iron Throne, then?" the host asks – to which Bean sheepishly responds: "who's still alive? I don't know".

The iconic beheading scene, which arrived at the end of season one, set a precedent that no man, woman, child, wolf or dragon was safe in the world of Westeros.

But many fans still believe there could be a hidden message in Ned's final murmur in the seconds before Ice takes his head.

There are two prevailing theories, Watchers on the Wall explain. One is that he said "I kept my promise" – in reference to the promise he made to sister Lyanna to protect her son, Jon Snow.

Another is that he said "Vala Morghulis", a High Valayrian expression for "all men must die" – which fueled conspiracies that the Ned on the executioner's block was, in fact, a Faceless Man from Braavos and that the real head of House Stark was alive and well somewhere in Westeros.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, however, Bean seems to suggest that the real answer is much simpler than that, and he was actually just a doomed man praying one last time:

"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."

"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," he adds.

Bean also claims, during season one filming, the producers never actually explained to him that Jon was his son. "They didn't tell me," he said, but insists it didn't stop "everyone from asking".

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