Ned Stark

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Name: Ned Stark
Occupation: Warden of the North, Hand of The King
Relationships: Catelyn Stark (wife), Robb Stark (son), Sansa Stark (daughter), Arya Stark (daughter), Bran Stark (son), Rickon Stark (son), Jon Snow (nephew, adopted son)
Fandom: Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
Other: played by Sean Bean
"Illustration of Ned Stark holding his greatsword Ice. He is clothed in a dark cape with fur trim and is wearing leather gloves. In the background are green bushes and a blue sky"
Game of Thrones- Eddard Stark by Hellkrusher (2013)
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Eddard Stark, known as Ned Stark, is a fictional character from A Song of Ice and Fire, and was played by Sean Bean on the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

Ned's largest concern, more than anything else in the world, was just making sure all the children in his life knew what it meant to be a good person, knew what it meant to be a part of a real family[1]


At the beginning of the series Ned lives at Winterfell with his family. King Robert Baratheon arrives and asks Ned to be the new Hand of the King. Before he goes south a letter arrives from his sister-in-law Lysa Arryn warning that the former Hand was murdered. Ned goes to King's Landing with his two daughters Sansa and Arya. Ned begins investigating and discovers that Robert's children are not his. He confronts Queen Cersei Lannister with the information, before he can inform the King, Robert is fatally wounded. When Ned tries to take his place as regent, he is betrayed by his supporters and imprisoned. Ned agrees to admit to committing treason in exchange for the safety of his daughter Sansa and that he will be sent to the Night's Watch. However, King Joffrey Baratheon has Ned beheaded.



Ned's canon relationship with his wife Catelyn is the most popular ship by many orders of magnitude.

Person Ship
Catelyn Stark Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark
Ashara Dayne Ashara Dayne/Ned Stark
Cersei Lannister Cersei Lannister/Ned Stark
Robert Baratheon Robert Baratheon/Ned Stark


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  • Modern AU: modern setting, where Ned knows or meets other characters from the series
  • Canon Divergence AU: varies, Ned does not go south to be Hand of the King, he handles the politics better in King's Landing, Ned tells Catelyn about Jon's true parentage
  • Ned lives: Ned is not beheaded, he escapes, is rescued or joins the Night's Watch
  • Pastfic: exploring Ned's life before he becomes Lord of Winterfell and marries Catelyn
  • Supporting Character: featured secondary character in stories focusing on his children


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