Eddard “Ned” Stark
The Head of House Stark, Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North.
Ned Stark was a great man and a great father. He believed in and kept the old traditions of honor and integrity when the world around him changed. To steal a quote from The Dark Knight, he was a decent man who lived in indecent times. Ned fought hard to change the times back to honor and truth, but unfortunately for him and his family that wasn’t the way the world worked.
Like many who’ve read the A Song of Ice and Fire books and watched the Game of Thrones show, it’s incredibly hard not to fall in love with Ned Stark. With everything he does to you want him to succeed and George R.R. Martin masterfully creates the perfect character to begin his trope.
Ned Stark was a leader who led by example, he believed that the man who passes a sentence should be the one who swings the sword. Therefore in Winterfell if someone was sentenced to death Ned was the one to perform the act. There is honor in being strong enough to stand by your word and allowing no one else to bear the blame.
Raise your glasses today to the Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark, the man who fought with honor for truth and justice. For a man who never sought out the crown, he was the perfect leader to wear it.
We couldn’t have picked a character in Game of Thrones more worthy of a Character of the Week title than Ned Stark.
Thank you for your time and remember, even if winter is coming, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
– The Wandering One