George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has jumped in popularity over the past year as HBO adapted the first book, Game of Thrones, for the screen. One of the pivotal characters in the first season is Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, the Lord of the northern kingdom Winterfell. Ned is a principled ruler, who respects tradition, duty and loyalty; these values compel him to answer King Robert’s call to serve as the Hand of the King. The appointment requires him to move far to the south to King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros, a pit of intrigue and deception for which he is woefully unprepared. Ned is unable to tell enemy from advisor and his unwillingness to participate in the web of back dealing and power plays seals his fate. There is quite a bit of plot in between but to skip ahead by the end of the season Ned’s loyalty to the doomed King Robert and his principles costs him his head.
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