Ned Stark’s Death in the Books
In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Ned Stark is a major character who meets his demise in the first novel, A Game of Thrones. His death serves as a major plot point that sets off a chain of events that shape the story for the rest of the series.
The Execution of Ned Stark
Ned Stark is executed by King Joffrey Baratheon on the steps of the Great Sept of Baelor in front of a large crowd. He is accused of treason for attempting to usurp the throne from Joffrey and is sentenced to death. Despite pleas from Sansa Stark, his daughter, and attempts by Tyrion Lannister to save him, Ned is beheaded by Ser Ilyn Payne.
The Aftermath of Ned’s Death
Ned’s death has far-reaching consequences throughout Westeros. It leads to an uprising against House Lannister and King Joffrey, which eventually leads to the War of Five Kings. It also causes a rift between Robb Stark, Ned’s eldest son, and House Frey, which ultimately leads to Robb’s death at the Red Wedding. Finally, it sets off a chain of events that leads to Daenerys Targaryen’s return to Westeros and her eventual claim to the Iron Throne.