Sean Bean is an English actor famous for his roles as Boromir in Lord of the Rings and as Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones, among many others. Over the years, Bean's characters from films and TV shows have been turned into several noteworthy memes, such as One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor and Brace Yourselves, Winter Is Coming. Similar to other actors like Keanu Reeves, Bean is also near-universally loved online and frequently discussed in many communities.
Sean Bean was born on April 17th, 1959, in England to a wealthy family as Shaun Mark Bean. When he was young, his dream was to play association football (soccer) professionally. However, after an accident with a glass door that injured his leg, he instead pursued art, eventually graduating with a focus on drama. He has since played a variety of roles, many of which were villainous, playing off of his rugged features. Though he acted in films before, it wasn't until 1992 that Bean entered into film consistently after having mostly played roles on stage and television before then.
"Save Sean Bean" Campaign
On July 13th, 2011, YouTube user hh1edits uploaded a video, titled "Sean Bean Death Reel," featuring a compilation of Bean's various deaths in films, a commonly known trend among his career (seen below). As of May 2021, it has been watched over 2.7 million times and it links to a fan website about the actor. One of its sections lists every movie and play in which the actor dies and every movie in which he lives.
On April 13th, 2012, webcomic artist Peter Chiykowski from Rock Paper Cynic posted a comic he did about Game of Thrones, pleading to go through the year 2012 without having Bean dying in a movie (seen below). According to the website Uproxx, the comic was shared on Facebook by actor George Takei, helping to spread the trend of Bean's tendency to be killed in movies.
One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor
One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor (snowclone: "One Does Not Simply X into Mordor") is a memorable quote from the 2001 fantasy epic film Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Variants of the phrase are often used in image macros featuring Mordor, a fictional location from The Lord of the Rings franchise, or the character Boromir, who originally says the line in the film.
Imminent Ned / Brace Yourselves, X is Coming
Imminent Ned (also know as "Winter is Coming") is an image macro series featuring the character Eddard "Ned" Stark from the HBO series Game of Thrones, a television adaption of George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Its snowclone template "Brace Yourselves, X is Coming" can be versatilely used to forewarn or proclaim the impending arrival of a highly anticipated event, a product or an internet meme.
 Rock Paper Cynic – The Save Sean Bean Campaign – Game of Thrones Comics / 4-13-2012
 Uproxx.com – There’s A ‘Save Sean Bean In 2012′ Web Campaign Because Of Course There Is / 4-16-2012