I don’t see enough appreciation posts for Eddard Stark so here are some bullet points on why Eddard Stark was the best character on Game of Thrones:

  • Went to war to avenge his family, rescue his sister and stick with his bestie. 
  • Could have had the Iron Throne but chose not to because it would backstab Robert.
  • Protested against the killing of Elia, Rhaenys and Aegon very loudly.
  • Respected the fuck out of people who deserved it even though they were his enemies at the time, e.g Arthur Dayne.
  • Adopted his Targaryen-born nephew as his own, even though it could have got him executed for treason if anyone found out the truth.
  • Apparently never bore any ill thoughts about his sister, despite all the shit that she caused which he may have not known the reasons for.
  • Pretended right up till his death that he stepped out on his wife and ruined his honour just to keep said nephew safe.
  • Never once broke his promise to Lyanna for the eighteen years he kept it, didn’t even tell his wife or the nephew himself.
  • Never used his nephew for leverage. 
  • Raised a hella sexy great son called Jon Snow, despite the circumstances, who’s probably going to save the world. 
  • Raised five other amazing kids. All round great dad.
  • Utterly faithful in marriage, though it seems that hardly anyone else in Westeros is. All round great husband.
  • Stayed friends with Robert, even though the show portrays Robert as not being too amicable at times. All round great friend.
  • Turned out a good Warden of the North, though he was never meant to inherit the title or Winterfell.
  • Genuinely supported the Night’s Watch, you know, the guys that are defending the realm from wildlings, giants, the Others and who the fuck knows else.
  • “The man who passes the sentence must swing the sword.”
  • Let his daughter learn to sword-fight when it was 100% not the done thing. That way saves Arya’s life several times over.
  • Didn’t trust the Lannisters right from the start and turned out to be hella right about that.
  • Was one of the only people to try and expose the truth about Jon Arryn and the Lannisters.
  • Wouldn’t let Robert assassinate Daenerys, even though she was his enemy and he could have ruined his friendship and lost his job.
  • Gave Cersei and the kids a chance to run away.
  • Was willing to admit to high treason and possible execution just to keep Sansa and Arya safe.

Feel free to add, ya’ll.

  • Robb: Who broke it?
  • Everyone: ...
  • Robb: I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Jon: ...I did it, I broke-
  • Robb: No, no you didn't. Arya?
  • Arya: Don't look at me, look at Bran!
  • Bran: What? I didn't break it.
  • Arya: Huh, that's weird, how did you know it was broken?
  • Bran: Because it's sitting right in front of us, and it's broken!
  • Arya: Suspicious.
  • Bran: No it isn't!
  • Rickon: If it matters, probably not, Sansa was the last one to use it...
  • Sansa: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Rickon: Oh? Then what were you doing by the coffee counter earlier?
  • Sansa: I use the little wooden stirs to push back my cuticules! Everyone knows that, Rickon!
  • Jon: Okay, let's not fight. I broke it, let me pay for it.
  • Robb: No! Who broke it?
  • Bran: ...Y'know, Theon has been awfully quiet.
  • Theon: Really?!
  • Bran: Yeah, really!
  • Everyone: *Intense arguing*
  • Robb, watching from the back: I broke it. It burnt my hand, so I punched it.
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A Song of Ice and Fire + The War of the Roses

  • *Major Character Dies*
  • Other Fandoms: WHAT OH MY GOD. NO, MY HEART. THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE. HOW COULD THEY DO THIS TO US. MAKE THE PAIN STOP.
  • GoT Fandom: *Stares into the camera like on The Office*