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Though Ned Stark was supposed to be sent to exile in the Night's Watch once he confessed to treason, King Joffrey made the last minute decision to have him beheaded despite orders to the contrary. This set off the rebellion in northern Westeros and caused Robb Stark to take up the mantle "King of the North."
Mar. 23, 2013
Died in: Season 1, episode 9 "Baelor"