Ned Stark

Eddard Stark is a fictional character in the 1996 fantasy novel A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, and Game of Thrones, HBO's adaptation of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. In the storyline, Ned is the lord of Winterfell, an ancient fortress in the North of the fictional continent of Westeros. Though the character is established as the main character in the novel and the first season of the TV adaptation, a plot twist involving Ned at the end of the novel and the end of the first season shocked both readers of the book and viewers of the TV series.[1][2]

Eddard Stark
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones character
Sean Bean as Ned Stark
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Last appearance
Created byGeorge R. R. Martin
Adapted byD. B. Weiss & David Benioff
(Game of Thrones)
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AliasThe Quiet Wolf
  • Lord of Winterfell
  • Warden of the North
  • Hand of the King
  • Lord Regent of the Seven Kingdoms
  • Protector of the Realm
  • Television:
  • Lord Paramount of the North
FamilyHouse Stark
SpouseCatelyn Tully

Ned is portrayed by Sean Bean in the first season of Game of Thrones,[3][4] as a child by Sebastian Croft in the sixth season and as a young adult by Robert Aramayo in the sixth and seventh seasons. Bean was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television and a Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actor for the role. He and the rest of the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2011.

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