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tywins:

'The thought of Cat was as painful as a bed of nettles. He wondered where she was, what she was doing. He wondered whether he would ever see her again.'

Requested by grimmershadow

ladydaceymormont:

"You are an honest and honourable man, Lord Eddard. Ofttimes I forget that. I have met so few of them in my life…When I see what honesty and honor have won you, I understand why.”

For lukevanss

eddardstark:

“ The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.

eddardstark:

“ The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.

I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago..

You think my life is some precious thing to me? I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago.

-He wants to be a knight of the Kingsguard… he can’t be one now, can he?
-No. But he could be lord of a holdfast, or sit on the King’s council, or raise castles like Brandon the Builder.

podrickpaynest:

Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?

Eddard Stark lifted his head and looked long at the weirwood, frowning, but he did not speak. He cannot see me, Bran realized, despairing. He wanted to reach out and touch him, but all that he could do was watch and listen. I am in the tree. I am inside the heart tree, looking out of its red eyes, but the weirwood cannot talk, so I can’t. Eddard Stark resumed his prayer. Bran felt his eyes fill up with tears. But were they his own tears, or the weirwood’s? If I cry, will the tree begin to weep?

heavenly-helena:

1x09/3x09 (or why you should love the Starks)

the gods of her father.

You think my life is some precious thing to me?

centuryofsolitude said:

What do you think the deal REALLY was with Ned's honor? Do you think he was actually so noble, or do you believe he was making up for something? Also, do you think resurrected Jon will be Azhor Ahai reborn, as opposed to Stannis? Sorry if you've answered these before.

nobodysuspectsthebutterfly:

I’m not sure I understand the question. If Ned kept strongly to his honor because he was making up for a past fault in his honor, that still makes him an honorable man. We’ve seen his POV, we know how his mind worked. There was no hypocrisy where he pretended to be faultless but truly was a disgusting person, and any time he does have a conflict of honor it tears him apart. Besides Ned’s whole conflict on whether to stand by his king or allow the murder of children (for both Dany’s assassination and for telling Robert about Cersei), there’s these quotes from his narrative:

That was his curse. Robert would swear undying love and forget them before evenfall, but Ned Stark kept his vows. He thought of the promises he made to Lyanna as she lay dying, and the price he’d paid to keep them.

Troubled sleep was no stranger to him. He had lived lies for fourteen years, yet they still haunted him at night.

Some secrets are safer kept hidden. Some secrets are too dangerous to share, even with those you love and trust.

The deceit made him feel soiled. The lies we tell for love, he thought. May the gods forgive me.

The thought of Jon filled Ned with a sense of shame, a sorrow too deep for words. If only he could see the boy again, sit and talk with him…

I mean, maybe Jaime can make himself feel better by calling Ned a hypocrite, but the fandom certainly shouldn’t. At least not for the reasons Jaime would like to believe.

Re Azor Ahai, please see my tag. But it’s certainly not Stannis. (more on this in my next answer)