Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark
|Pairing:||Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark|
|Fandom:||Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire|
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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.
- In 2014, Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark was the 4th most popular Game of Thrones pairing on Archive of Our Own.
- In 2017, Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark had slipped just slightly to the 5th most popular Game of Thrones pairing on Archive of Our Own.
- In 2020, Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark was the 6th most popular A Song of Ice and Fire ship on Archive of Our Own, accounting for 8% of sampled fics.
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
- Ned, Cat, and one of the baby Starklings, Archived version by fezthepalindrome
- The Quiet Wolf, Little Cat, Archived version by aryastrks
- Ned loves my hair by Sirilu
- Cat and Ned by naomi-makes-art73
- Catelyn and Ned by ThuyLTran
- Watch for Winter by jenimal
- You Are Not Alone by naomimakesart
- Cat and Ned by naomimakesart
- Ned n' Cat by FieryStampede
- young ned and cat by nami64
- Happy in Winterfell by s-selene
- I could not love thee, Dear, so much... by RogueBelle
- a castle cannot be built on air by sentential (fallencrest)
- Rivers and Roads by SomeEnchantedEve
- A Reason to be Glad by JacquelineHyde
- I'll follow you into the dark by evehhr2
- You're a Memory by Sylenda Minoris
- if I could see your face once more by mysleeplessnight
- Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark tag at Archive of Our Own
- Ned + Cat at FanFiction.net
- DeviantArt paring group: Ned x Cat
- Tumblr Tags: Ned x Cat, Cat x Ned, Ned x Catelyn, Catelyn x Ned
- "Ned x Catelyn - Game of Thrones Meta". Archived from the original on 2018-12-04.
- "Sometimes I think about the fact that Ned built a sept for Cat..." Archived from the original on 2 Apr 2022.
- "Let's look at some Westerosi stats!". Archived from the original on 2015-11-05.
- "ASOIAF/Game of Thrones fandom stats". Archived from the original on 2019-02-22.
- Phantom Statistician: 10 Most Popular Ships in A Song of Ice and Fire FanFiction (AO3) 2009 - Present