With Ned's death we learned that nobody is safe on Game of Thrones. Ned was the hero, the honorable man who was trying to do right by his family and his people in the wake of the death of his friend and king. Joffrey lopped his head off, later putting it on a spike and parading his fiancee Sansa by to gaze at it. All is not right in this world. Will it ever be, George R.R. Martin?
Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you. Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard? Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.