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Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, becomes the Hand of the King to Robert after Jon Arryn's death. He discovers Cersei and Jaime's secret, and is executed by Joffrey for treason soon after.

Eddard "Ned" Stark Quotes

Jaime: It must be strange for you, coming into this room. I was standing right here when it happened. He was very brave, your brother. Your father, too. They didn't deserve to die like that. Nobody deserves to die like that.
Ned: But you just stood here and watched.
Jaime: Five hundred men stood here and watched. All the great knights of the seven kingdoms. Do you think anyone said a word, lifted a finger? No, Lord Stark, 500 men and this room was silent as a crypt. Except for the screams, of course, and the Mad King laughing. And, later, when I watched the Mad King die, I remembered him laughing as your father burned. It felt like justice.

Ned: Very handsome armor. Not a scratch on it.
Jaime: People have been swinging at me for years, they always seem to miss.
Ned: You've chosen your opponents wisely.
Jaime: I have a knack for it.

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Hadn't read the books before I watched the series but am reading the first one now and thoroughly enjoying it. It depends whether the book whets my appetite sufficiently as to whether I shall tune in when the second series gets underway as I was DEVASTATED when Eddard Stark had his head lopped off. Sean Bean was absolutely brilliant in the part and I would go as far as to say,(having seen him as a youngster in Romeo and Juliet at Stratford in the 1980s and Macbeth in London in the 2000s, plus all his film and TV roles in between), that it was one of his best performances. He made it for me. He held it all together with his slightly brooding presence. Will I get over it I wonder !!!



If you have ever read the books (i strongly recommend that you read them) you will understand that his death was necessary for the story to move forward. He was my favorite character too, but he dies in the books, so he must die in the series. Sure that is BS to have the lead character killed, and the series fans are outraged, but imagine what would have happened if he lived, the book fans (such as myself) would be even more outraged.


I was just starting to look forward to Sunday nights, the friends and family were starting to watch also. This show was the only reason I kept HBO, three days after the new billing period they kill off my favorite character. If I knew what was going to come, I would have saved myself the agony of watching my favorite character killed off and would have saved Starz (for the Sparacus series) thus sending HBO to the gallows. Lord Stark was the glue that held things together for me, even when other actors fell short for me, I still kept coming back. How do you just kill off a shows main character and expect people not to drop it, I almost hoped this was just a dream sequence. I was waiting to see how Ned got out of the dungeon, I guess there's no reason to watch next week. I sure didn't watch it for the incest or the assassination attempts on the children. If I wanted to see that, I could read about or rent any old war flick on WW II and the nazis. On second thought I just wouldn't watch it.

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