Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark

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Pairing: Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark
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Gender category: Het
Fandom: Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
Canonical?: Yes
Prevalence: Common
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Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark is the het pairing of Catelyn Stark and Ned Stark in the A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones fandoms. They have a canonical relationship.

And Catelyn just gazes at him with love built on a rock-solid foundation. Years and years of brick by brick and stone by stone. She cares for Ned, loves him in a profound and nuanced way

Ned x Catelyn - Game of Thrones Meta - myrish-lace-love


Catelyn was betrothed to Brandon Stark. After Brandon's death, his younger brother Ned married Catelyn instead, per the Westerosi custom of Levirate marriage. It's an arranged marriage, but they grew to love each other. They have five children: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon.

Theirs is an interfaith marriage, with Ned following the Old Gods and Catelyn following the Seven. Ned had a sept built for Catelyn to worship in.

Sometimes I think about the fact that Ned built a sept for Cat in Winterfell because she followed the Faith of the Seven. While the fandom is caught up in “Old gods are the true gods”, they forget how poignant their relationship was as an interfaith marriage.


At the beginning of the series, Catelyn receives a letter from her sister Lysa, saying that the previous Hand had been murdered. Ned goes south with their two daughters, even through Bran had been gravely injured. A catspaw tries to kill Bran, but is stopped by Catelyn. She travels south to warn her husband of the danger. They meet secretly, then Catelyn leaves to travel northwards. Ned discovers that King Robert's children are not his. After Robert's sudden death Ned tries to take his position as regent, as per Robert's wishes. He is betrayed and imprisoned, shortly there after King Joffrey has Ned beheaded.



Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Canon Divergence AU: varies, but may include Ned not going South to be Robert's Hand, Ned going south but handling the politics better, Ned telling Catelyn early in their marriage the true parentage of Jon Snow
  • Pastfic: exploring the early days of Ned and Catelyn's marriage
  • Modern AU: modern setting, often with them meeting or knowing other characters from the series
  • Side Pairing: a secondary pairing in many stories featuring their children



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