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The Execution of Eddard Stark«»Up 80Down 13Though the Lannisters had Ned Stark safely imprisoned and labeled as a traitor, there were many interested parties who DIDN'T want the popular Lord of Winterfell killed. Sean Bean's agent in particular was dead-set against it, having been down this road with his client many (many!) many times before. Joffrey's intended, Sansa Stark, had also made it known that she'd prefer to see her father left alive.
But Cersei Lannister, Joffrey's Mother, had also requested that Stark be left alive. His value as a symbol of rebellion against the Lannister, among other things, superceded the delight the Lannisters would no doubt get from his execution. Better to send him off to serve in the Night's Watch, ashamed and without title. But Joffrey, though he had initially appeared to accept this decision to spare Stark's life, and despite the fact that Stark humbles himself and accepts Joffrey's rule, pulls a last-minute change-up. He orders Stark beheaded. Which is maybe not the NICEST wedding gift a bride-to-be can receive, but certainly makes more of an impression than a gravy boat.
(You've also got to love that Joffrey throws in a dig at over-emotional women right at the end, before ordering Stark killed. That dude is never going to get laid.)l< << PREV 1 of 9 NEXT >>
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