Posted Tue, June 14, 2011 11:56am EDT

Bonnie Says: How Dare ‘Game Of Thrones’ Kill OFF Ned Stark, The Heart & Soul Of The Series!

Posted Tue, June 14, 2011 11:56am EDT

Yes, I know, I know, it’s a famous book. So how can you possibly stray from the story. BUT, the series now needs to work superhumanly hard to fill this void at its core.

Ned Stark, the patriarch of the noble Stark family at the very center of HBO’s hit, Game of Thrones, was shockingly beheaded in the last moments of Sunday’s episode 9.

Sorry to be writing today, but kids kept me away from the TV on Sunday night and I understand that other fans like myself are still reeling from this unexpected and tragic turn of events.

Tragic certainly for the Stark family, now headed by eldest son Robb who is leading an army south to rescue his father from the power-hungry Lannisters.

Tragic for daughters Sansa and Arya, who witness the unexpected beheading of their beloved father AND tragic for us viewers who have come to love and respect Ned, the beacon of righteousness in the show, who’s been played to perfection by Sean Bean.

My question and I’m sure it’s the same for most other viewers who’ve been following the series religiously is — who will now fill in the heart and soul role in the show. So far, there are no candidates.

Robb is definitely rising to the occasion as he leads his army with his mother, Catelyn. But he’s too young and undeveloped as a character for us to care. Bastard son Jon Snow, feels weightier, but I can’t see the Stark family accepting him as their center.

So who will lead the emotional charge? Will Catelyn Stark reveal more about herself? Will she find a new love or renew a mysterious love from her past that we can all bond with?

So far, aside from the Starks, there aren’t a lot of sympathetic characters in the series. We still care about Daenerys Targaryen especially since she’s fallen so deeply in love with her arranged marriage husband, Khal Drogo, who could be now lying on his death bed.

But the complicated dynamics of the brave Starks — everyone of them is a fascinating character — and the intrigue as Ned and Catelyn dueled with the scheming Lannisters, will be hugely missed!

HBO and the Game of Thrones have played a dangerous card here. But you can bet I’ll still be tuning in for the finale next Sunday.

What about you, HollywoodLifers?

— Bonnie Fuller

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Posted at 7:14 PM on April 15, 2012  

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Plan

Posted at 8:36 PM on March 10, 2012  

Jasone, Shane, Elle, Rich and the others posting spoilers below: I hope you get seriously invested in a series and someone ruins it for you by carelessly and inconsiderately posting spoilers.

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Plan

Posted at 8:31 PM on March 10, 2012  

WTF is wrong with George R.R. Martin fans?

You idiots come here dropping spoilers not about the season being discussed, not about season two…but an event that will happen at the end of SEASON THREE at the very earliest.

I see book fans coming onto sites that are specifically discussing the TV show and dropping spoilers like this all the time. I don’t understand it. Are you pleased with yourselves for reading a book? Are you that much of a miserable person that you derive satisfaction from ruining a great series for other people?

When it comes to posts about the TELEVISION SERIES, don’t be a tool, keep the book details and spoilers to yourself. The TV series isn’t “similar” or “mostly following” the books, it’s almost exactly the #$$%ing same except for small things changed out of narrative necessity. Even the lines of dialogue are exactly the same from the book.

So, again, stop ruining the series for other people. You’d be the first to whine and cry if someone did that to you.

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jason.

Posted at 12:12 AM on December 29, 2011  

Just wait till the Red Wedding. If you didn’t read the books, DO NOT GOOGLE IT.

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Alice

Posted at 3:17 PM on December 27, 2011  

I think most people’s reactions are more driven by the actor than the character. With the upcoming of new characters is always a risk that the actors won’t be able to carry the weight of the show. Losing a character in television often means that you lose the person that characterized the show (Ned Stark in this case) and brought in viewers. In this respect, I agree that killing Ned Stark is a big risk because it’s going to be difficult to bring that sort of ability back on to the stage.

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Shane

Posted at 3:07 PM on August 24, 2011  

Ned Stark dying is nothing compared to the Red Wedding!!!
I think the message the author tries to portray is this is biggest that’s few noble houses. It’s really about the “Others” a good example… SPOILER ALERT!!! Killing Robb and Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding.

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Jason

Posted at 11:09 PM on June 20, 2011  

The popularity of the book is tied to the fact that the
characters are all very human. Good people die.
Trust me that book one has not even scratched
the surface of the number of likable and dislikable
characters in this series.

Oh and many of them will die.

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Elle Emm

Posted at 6:34 PM on June 20, 2011  

Don’t get stuck on having Starks all thru GOT….like all dynasties before and since … ENTIRE blood lines get wiped out (not saying that this WILL Happen with starks, but probably).

After all, the ‘dragon’ bloodline is supposed to be dead (all but one!)

This is NOT a show where audiences are catered too … it is more reflective of real life, where heroes and innocents alike lose to the treachery of the evil ones.

Embrace it for what it is. And don’t wish for Joffrey to lose his head….there HAS to be a bad guy. The longer he lasts, the more satisfying his demise :-)

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Rich

Posted at 10:03 AM on June 20, 2011  

There will be more deaths as the series goes on based on the book. Don’t be so surprised that Ned’s death is the only main character that dies in Game of Thrones.
I would suggest you read the book then make your own conclusions.

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Rayven

Posted at 4:37 AM on June 20, 2011  

He gets killed in the book it just ment to be there are others in the book who will show up in book 2 and others in book 3. it’s not got many main people it’s different people. hbo are following the book correctly. Don’t stop watching the show because of neds death it’s full of twists and turns so you will be still addicted .

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Ray

Posted at 10:07 PM on June 19, 2011  

I agree that killing Ned Stark in the television series is a huge mistake from a dramatic point of view. I understand that fans of the book accept this plot point, but from a dramatic point of view, the closest thing this series has to a main character has been killed. As a viewer, I most identify with Ned — he’s the most developed, sympathetic character in the series. Daenerys is a close second, in my opinion, but she doesn’t carry the weight of the whole series the way Ned Stark did. He was the lynch pin that held the entire series together. If they don’t bring him back right away in the second season, I don’t think I’ll keep watching the series, I’m sorry to say.

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Kerebus

Posted at 2:28 PM on June 20, 2011  

Ned’s death is not a “huge mistake from a dramatic point of view” it is an integral part of the plot and much of the drama that happens in the story going forward stems from Eddard Stark’s downfall.

If enough people are silly enough to refuse to watch when a TV series takes an unexpected turn then we will lose all dramatic tension as producers and directors just play safe for fear of alienating audiences.

GRRM has written an unbelievably good story, which is NEVER about just one person, refusing to watch how this tale unfolds because a favourite character dies is cutting one’s own nose off to spite one’s face.

In the game of thrones you win or you die and the game’s still being played…..

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annie

Posted at 11:12 PM on June 30, 2011  

gee… the guy talking about GRRM and killing off ned stark as an ‘integral plot point’..are you one of those people getting paid to quiet the discontent?

and by the way, calling the viewing and paying public, (because last time I checked HBO was not for free) ‘silly’ because they are pissed that the MAIN and only really likeable character, (that isn’t a tween or close to it) is rather judgemental and abnoxious

there are plenty of viewers out there like Ray
sorry…this show managed to delicately balance a host of vile characters with one or two hero-like characters
it is a ‘harsh’ show…granted
but, without some light and a strong hero… the show becomes salacious and gratuitous…you need a big moral center for this adventurous ride to be tolerable
…books whatever… people read in the dark …if you don’t know what I mean by that…nevermind

but most of the viewing paying public, I suspect aren’t as hungry for uneven stories piled with greasy people and I don’t mean unbathed

look at the history of many shows … producers are always claiming that killing off main characters are plot pushers…do some research… there are plenty of them eating their words

time will tell and so will the ratings…
good luck producers
you didn’t see true blood kill off any of the real legs of the show and it is pulling in the numbers and the dollars in buckets

too bad, there will be many of you out there that will put your two cents in here and disagree

but there are many more that will get bored with whore house lesbian titilation with vile seventh kingdom jons

this show was risky to begin with…probably tapping into some of the blood lust that is out there, (the audience they are trying to attract there may not have the money to pay for HBO – young that is, not poor – just to clarify)…but it was well balanced so we could swallow the death of that wolf and the butchering of the elk, (or whatever poor beast that bastard patriach of the Lannisters was carving up) and the fountains of blood that do not actually squirt out of a man’s neck when you slice it open..but we tolerated it because it was great balanced stark, (no pun intended) and fierce storytelling

and now the rumour is that Season 2 will be about Robert’s brother’s attempting to take the throne…YAWN…VILE…YAWN
Oh yeah, I forgot we still have the naked blond chick with the dragons
Another lesson to learn from True Blood – feed your female audience…we are the shoppers

 
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Idontliketvfans

Posted at 9:29 PM on March 13, 2012  

Unbelievably good story?! Please…
Jeff will be poisoned
Jaime will lose a hand
Dwarf will kill his father
Robb and Cat will die at ambush
This blond Tyegerian will walk in deserts for next three books.
BS story – boring

 
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Elle Emm

Posted at 6:36 PM on June 20, 2011  

Then it will be your loss Ray. Don’t take your ball and run home to momma just because the game isn’t going your way. You might miss out on the most adventurous ride.

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Quaz

Posted at 3:45 PM on June 23, 2011  

This series is clearly not for you. Perhaps Vampire Diaries and Camelot are more your pace.

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Shane

Posted at 3:12 PM on August 24, 2011  

There are stronger characters in book 2(season 2), watching the first season you even get a sense as it goes on that Ned isn’t the main character. Lol I won’t even lie after book 3 I hated the author for what he did but that’s what makes a great story. If you wanted all stories to go the same then just reread the books you have

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Andy

Posted at 10:50 AM on June 16, 2011  

Ned Stark is not the main character of the series. The “Main Character” would be the entire Stark family. So the main character is very much alive.

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Wolf359

Posted at 8:24 AM on June 15, 2011  

How dare they indeed, thats what i was thinking when i read the book but let me just say this: Fasten your seatbelts – if they can pull it of – next ep. will rock your world.

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Dido

Posted at 8:14 AM on June 15, 2011  

Spoiler mark your articles, and people will take serious of what you have to say. This is not some reality show crap you’re always writing about.

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Andres

Posted at 10:51 AM on June 16, 2011  

Thumbs Up!

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Christy

Posted at 4:42 PM on June 14, 2011  

I realize that the show aired two days ago, but I haven’t watched it yet (or read the book, although my husband has and loves it), but thanks for the SPOILER.

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Candi

Posted at 4:33 PM on June 14, 2011  

He dies the same way in the book too….trust me, if he didnt die then half the stuff that is gonna happen wouldnt have been able to….Im very glad this series is very, very close to the book

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Joe

Posted at 8:11 AM on June 15, 2011  

It was shocking but the void will be ably filled by the great Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and the plucky Arya.

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murphy

Posted at 3:38 PM on June 14, 2011  

If you guys look on sean beans imdb page it says hes in episode 10 next week :P hmmmmmmm

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carolina

Posted at 2:45 PM on June 14, 2011  

I don’t watching anymore this serie i love to Ned Stark i don’t loked anymore how dare you

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fred

Posted at 4:57 PM on June 14, 2011  

gobbledy gook

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Suun

Posted at 2:35 PM on June 14, 2011  

@Kat:
Watch your hubby closely, and keep breakable items guarded. His book will be airborne before too long. Hopefully it’s not on a Kindle, that could be expensive ;p

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Suun

Posted at 2:30 PM on June 14, 2011  

Perhaps… instead of reading and replying to already delayed news, you could… watch the episode that aired two days ago to avoid being spoiled?

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Lori

Posted at 2:18 PM on June 14, 2011  

Thanks for ruining the show for me..I haven’t watched that one yet and you put a spoiler up. GRRR

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Elle Emm

Posted at 6:40 PM on June 20, 2011  

What are you doing here if you haven’t watched yet but don’t want to know what happens?

Turn off your ‘puter. Watch the show. Then come back and give your opinions.

That goes for all of you complaining about spoilers. And for the others who don’t like main characters being killed off, this isn’t the show for you. Either get over it, or go watch something a little less real.

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Doakes

Posted at 2:08 PM on June 14, 2011  

Finaly a show that isn’t afraid to kill of important characters. Why do people insist that shows should be so predictable? The whole immortality aura of main characters is a problem, but fortunately not a problem this show suffers from!

Secondly there are few if any examples of shows with this many interesting characters and I see the show as improved after Ned’s death. I’m saying this despite that I think the actor and character is great.

To be honest people who think killing off Ned was some sort of horrible mistake pisses me off a bit.

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Kat

Posted at 2:07 PM on June 14, 2011  

My BIGGEST complaint of all these books made into tv and/or movies is that the don’t follow the book. This series follows the book (mostly) so I can will not complain. I hated that Ned Stark was killed in the book. If my husband wasn’t reading book 3 right now and telling me how great the series is, I would have put the series down. But I trust my husband’s judgement.

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lindsey

Posted at 1:52 PM on June 14, 2011  

HOW DARE YOU PUT A SPOILER IN THE HEADLINE.

Idiot! I’m not going to read your site if you put spoilers in the headline…

Thanks a lot jerk!

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fred

Posted at 5:05 PM on June 14, 2011  

Yeah, no sh*t!!! Who is this person? Someone who, otherwise, can’t get anybody to read her site. -which sucks anyway…

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Literacy is Dead

Posted at 11:57 AM on June 15, 2011  

Unreal. I understand that literacy in the U.S. is almost non existant, but this is a tv show based on a series of books. The events in the books are based upon Stark’s death. If the movie doesn’t kill off Stark then the movie is basically over. Arguing that they shouldn’t have kill Stark makes no sense. It’s like saying Bilbo shouldn’t have givent the ring to Frodo.

I expect more from journalists, but then I’m an optimist.

 
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aken

Posted at 11:29 AM on May 28, 2012  

killing ned stark did it for me i am done with game of thrones

 
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