Game of Thrones: Sean Bean Predicts Which Stark Kid Will Survive

Sean Bean in Game of Thrones

At the end of its first season, HBO's Game of Thrones killed off its apparent main character in an unforgettable moment that secured the show's place in television history. Those who had read the fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin knew it was coming, but later there would be fans pointing to another big hint: Eddard Stark was played by Sean Bean, who has cultivated an odd reputation for his characters dying onscreen.

Ned's demise was a particularly notable one, as it kicked off a trend of tragic Stark family deaths, each more heartbreaking than the last. Now, one of the biggest questions waiting to be answered by the final season is who will survive. Bean may be long out of the running, but he does have a guess.

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Bean apparently isn't an avid watcher of the hit series, so he had to think about it before answering. "Who's left?" he asked Mashable. "Jon Snow is left, isn't he?" True: Jon Snow received his death scene already but has fully recovered from -- although he isn't technically a Stark.

Regardless of Jon's status, Bean has a different pick for the last Stark standing. "But Arya would have to be it," he concluded. "Yeah, Arya will last — maybe she'll be on the throne."

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Arya is Ned's youngest daughter, who fled from Westeros and trained to be an assassin. Whether she's queen material is dubious, but it's clear as day that she's a survivor.

Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season in 2019. The HBO drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

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