If anyone is qualified to predict who will live and who will die at the end of a story, it’s Sean Bean, the actor who portrayed the ill-fated Ned Stark in Game of Thrones.
Bean still looks back on his character’s shocking death with fondness:
“It was a memorable event — a bit of a shock. I’m proud of all that, though. It’s great to be part of a phenomena, establish this character and then he’s there forever.”
Looooool my sister likes Ned Stark but too late he died already
— kristine 🐹 (@moanbebe_YKH) November 9, 2018
The Stark patriarch’s death signaled to fans everywhere that, in the world of Game of Thrones, anyone could die at any time. And that has sadly included many of Ned’s family: Rob, Catelyn, Rickon, and even Jon (for a few days).
The way Rob stark died didn't just make sense to me oo🤔🤔….Just seeing Game of Thrones 🙁 #GOT
— DOTUN (@am_dotman) November 1, 2018
Jon Snow is dead ass dead
— mrs fantastic (@hay_killa) November 9, 2018
Now, years after he departed the world of Westeros, Bean has predicted which Stark child will be left standing after the final season concludes:
“Who’s left? Jon Snow is left, isn’t he? But Arya would have to be it. Yeah Arya will last — maybe she’ll be on the throne.”
Sean Bean predicts Arya Stark will survive Season 8!
"Who's left?" he said, jogging his memory of the endless blood bath brought upon his house. "Jon Snow is left, isn't he? But Arya would have to be it. Yeah Arya will last — maybe she'll be on the throne." #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/VfYcQ3nXC4
— Maisie Style 🍥 (@maisiestyle) November 9, 2018
Arya Stark is definitely a good guess, considering her training as an assassin, but dealing with the deaths of Sansa, Bran, and Jon (again) won’t be easy. And it’s hard to imagine Arya making a great queen, given her penchant for killing and distaste for high-class culture.
One taught me dancing, one taught me brawling, one taught me how to steal a guy's face and wear it as my face.
My name is Arya Stark and I approve this message. pic.twitter.com/ffnmw04NJD
— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) November 7, 2018
Be yourself! Unless you can be Arya Stark, then always be Arya Stark. pic.twitter.com/Ikl8nkBgoR
— ʀ. (@ayrsty) November 8, 2018
We can trust his prediction because, by this point, Bean has become a professional onscreen murder victim. Having notably died in so many movies, like Lord of the Rings and Ronin, Bean is even taking his talents to the realm of video games. In the sequel to the best-selling game Hitman, Bean plays Mark Fab, who players are tasked with killing by any means necessary.
Bean commented on his new death role:
“How ironic, yeah? I just figured, ‘Why not? I’ve died so many times before. What harm will another one do?’ Now they get the chance to kill me. and if that makes them happy, then that’s fine by me.”
I’ve been playing Hitman 2 for about a week (early copy supplied by PR) and it’s very good. Love the new levels, Hitman (1?) content is integrated really well, bunches of modes, new player experience is smart and it looks wonderful. It’s real good, just like their last game. pic.twitter.com/IRMTKS67AV
— dannyodwyer (@dannyodwyer) November 8, 2018
I have never played a Hitman game. I think I want to play Hitman 2. pic.twitter.com/hAb8Wc802B
— Mike Mahardy (@mmahardy) November 8, 2018
Sean Bean in the new Hitman 2, this is going to be interesting 🙂
— SlyMeerkat (@Sly_Meerkat) November 8, 2018
Be sure to kill Bean in Hitman 2, and find out which of his children will survive in the final series of Game of Thrones, premiering early 2019!