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Ben Turner

One does not simply build up a meme legacy where one's own meme templates become the benchmark of awesomeness, to which all memes coming after are compared.

In order to actually do this, one must be Sean Bean, play a string of hugely iconic characters in mega productions, and amass a cult following online.

Bean has not one but two memes that have managed to successfully anchor themselves onto our rapid social media feeds. One of these is the 'Brace yourselves...', meme taken from Bean's character Ned Stark in Game of Thrones. The original line on the show was "Brace yourselves, winter is coming" -- the house of Stark motto.

The other is the 'One does not simply...' meme taken from a line said by Boromir in Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring: "One does not simply walk into Mordor."

Whether it's Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter you're using, you've most likely/definitely seen a snarky friend near you vent their frustrations at people and the world behind the amazingly robust Bean memes.

We've all seen this appear on our feeds.
We've all seen this appear on our feeds.

Perhaps this is an essential ingredient for why the memes have gone on to do so well. Whether you want to provide some sass, give a compliment or moan to the world, Bean's ambiguous facial expression compounded with the open-ended sentence starters 'Brace yourselves...' and 'One does not simply...' complement anything you could come up with, and also make it funny.

Bean admitted in an interview with Radio Times that the memes may end up being the star actor's "unintended legacy."

We'd want to interrupt Bean right there and remind him of the other thing he is super famous for: Dying.

Bean is a 'die-r' and has oft-times been described as a walking spoiler because you know his character will not be around for long.

In the same interview with Radio Times, this is what Bean had to say:

“I have died quite a few times to be fair [...] I’ve seen that reel of chips - it sounds a bit macabre, but I watched that back, and I’d forgotten some of the scenes I’d died in […] for some reason, the parts I play, like Boromir or Ned Stark, have a long life online afterwards."

Bean also admitted that when he gets a new script, he will read from the end to find out when and how his character is inevitably going to go.

Having said this, 2015 has been a forgiving year for the star's professional career with no deaths for anyone he is playing, yet in the cards.

Here's a gem we mined from the Internet:



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