Our first protagonist. Lord of Winterfell and head of House Stark, Eddard is a man of deep integrity and honor who is devoted to those he loves. However, he is unbending in his honor, which gets him in trouble. At the beginning of the series, he is appointed Hand of the King and thrown into the nest of vipers that is the royal court. He tragically fails at the Game of Thrones and is eventually executed because of Joffrey Baratheon's whim.