He was the older brother of Benjen , Lyanna and the younger brother of Brandon Stark. He was a dedicated husband and father, a loyal friend, and an honorable lord. Eddard's execution and revealing the illegitimacy of Cersei Lannister 's children sparked the War of the Five Kings between Joffrey Baratheon , Robb, Renly Baratheon , Stannis Baratheon , and Balon Greyjoy , being posthumously responsible for the involvement of four of the kings in this war. Following his death, his legacy would shape the future of Westeros for years. His son Robb was acclaimed by the Northern lords as the first King in the North since the days of the Conquest. Although Robb later fell at the Red Wedding , the North's desire for independence, which had been awoken by Eddard's execution, was carried on by his alledged bastard Jon Snow 's own acclamation as king and, following his exile to the Night's Watch for assassinating Daenerys Targaryen , by his daughter Sansa , who refused to allow the North to remain a part of the Seven Kingdoms and was crowned as the first Queen in the North. House Stark rules the region from their seat of Winterfell , and Eddard also held the title Lord of Winterfell. In addition, he was the Warden of the North. Eddard was the second son of Lord Rickard Stark. Eddard's older brother Brandon was Rickard's heir.
His story and his secrets drive the entire show, and the character lives on through his children in a way few manage to bring to the screen. Here are 10 pearls of wisdom from the war hero and bearer of the "Westeros' Greatest Dad" flagon, the opposite of Donald Trump, the "one man in ten thousand" who does "whatever is right, no matter what". This gem has probably been passed down, but there is logic and honor to it. This statement in the first episode helps demonstrate how effective and righteous a leader Ned is, and how effective a father he is. It may seem overboard taking a year-old to witness an execution and explain why it had to happen, but in Westeros, it's a good age to learn that lesson. A then relatively innocent Joffrey could've learned a lot if he'd been invited along. It is only once Ned is imprisoned for treason that his code of honor starts to get called into question, and when questioned by Varys it seems his pride starts to get in the way of his unflinching devotion to doing the right thing. Of course, as soon as Varys reminds him he has a daughter he knows what he has to do and sacrifices the honor that defined him to save his daughter's life. One of the reasons Ned Stark is such a great character - made possible by Sean Bean's very humanizing performance - is that the man is one of the greatest soldiers on the planet, and has spent half his life at war by the side of Robert Baratheon, and yet he shows extraordinary compassion towards his enemies even when his own life is on the line. Cersei does indeed save her children for a time , puts a crown on the nasty one, and has Ned locked up for treason
Ned Stark was not the first person to die on Game of Thrones. And he was not the first major character to die on Game of Thrones. That was Viserys Targaryen , who got molten gold poured all over him by his own brother-in-law. But the moment would not have been so effective without the performance of Sean Bean, who brought a gentle humanity to the rough-hewn northern lord that underscored the tragedy of his fate. Do you remember how they approached you for the gig? They were very excited and very passionate in the way they spoke, and I was very enchanted by the prospect of portraying this great man called Ned Stark. Was that kind of character new for you at the time?
Eddard Stark : Winter is coming. I know I'm a deserter. I should've gone back to the Wall and warned them, but I saw what I saw. I saw the White Walkers. People need to know. If you can get word to my family Tell 'em I'm sorry.