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?
Rubbing salt in the wound, Arya's tremendous journey to find them dies with her family at The Red Wedding where she witnesses the Frey crossbowmen shooting Robb's direwolf Grey Wind and he passes as she watches on.
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.
Oh, my sweet summer child! What do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep; fear is for the Long Night, when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little Lord.