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Stupid Ned Stark by bangalore-monkey Stupid Ned Stark by bangalore-monkey
Digital Caricature illustration of Sean Bean as he appeared in 'Game of thrones'.

inspired by the Stupid ned stark internet meme.

done in sketchbook pro and photoshop
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SmileyRusy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny and painfully accurate
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Sorry Ned!Fans, but his way of handling the whole Lannistercest/adultery affair was just plain stupid.
Telling Cersei (who has clearly better connections, no qualms  and is seemingly responsible for Jon Arryn´s death) everything and then expecting her to go with his terms of surrender?
Refusing to solve it with a swift, unbloody coup, because it would "scare the children"? 
And his backup plan relying on Littlefinger, the very guy NO ONE trusts? 
You could expect that from young naive Sansa, but Ned is a grown-up man and a seasoned lord, who holds responsibility forcountless lives, for gods sake. 
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hellou4 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Well he wasn't so stupid, but naive only. But I love this picture so much!
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mk456 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I hate one would call Ned stupid...he was a good man an honorable man. He believed in justice and wanted to do the right thing.

Stupid he was not but...as they say in Westeros

"No good deed goes unpunished" 
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CheesePuff25 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 19, 2014
First Ned told Cersei that he knew about her secret and then gave her the time to prepare - if that isn't stupid then I don't know what is. He was blinded by his honor and got himself killed, putting his family at risk.
Sometimes you have to play dirty to survive but apparently his pride was more important. He's good, aye... and stupid is as hell.
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mk456 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
He told her because he feared they would be killed. He didn't want the blood of women and children on his hands Cersei like many
other houses in the south are honorless cowards. Alas the way I see this would have gone is Cersei and her children would have gotten their heads on
a pike. Lets not fool ourselves into believeing they would not have died for this the faith would demand their heads of them all.

One does not simply the deny the faith in Westeros...worst off when your royalty.

Also his honor got him killed...and in the end he died honorless in the eyes of the commonfolk when 'confessed' to treachery. Than
the stupid boy king killed him...Ned didn't butcher children mate he did what he did to save Cersei and her children gods forbid the fate
they would have gotten had Ned released the secret to the whole damn continent.  
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CheesePuff25 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Ned was the only one willing to reveal Cersei's secret and then he told her to leave or die - he had it coming.
It was his honor that made him reveal his plans so that Cersei would have the time to save her own skin. It also made him neglect Renly's support because Stannis was the rightful heir. All these bad decision left him weak and defenseless.
He finally decided to swallow his honor and he would have ended up on the wall if not for Joffrey (nobody could have forseen this).
He could have kept his mouth shut and none of it would have happened.
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mk456 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
varys convinced him to 'confess' to save his daughters. Also Renly? Renly's claim is laughable Stannis by law is the heir not to
mention Renly would have only been a king controlled by the Tyrells. Stannis Baratheon is the only man i can see being a good king
he does't bend or let other lords get away with things. Hes a just man and Robert's chosen to hold the throne until his son came of age. But
offcourse Joffrey being a Bastard the Throne goes to Stannis. 

Ned did what he thought right and did not want the blood of women and children on his hands is what you seem to be forgetting. Sure it back fired
and led to him being killed but he didn't outright kill her and her children as the faith would have demanded it.
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fantocan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Man this is so sad, and so true... Wish Ned had taken little finger plan to take the throne and stop Cercei, or at least hold it until Stannis come, or go with Renly...

But he had to waste it all.
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PoppyCarmichael Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Bravo!
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Titvan Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
I love this character, really (I guess he's so upright and honourable that I can't help it lol) but... sadly, your caricature illustrates it well (it's very good by the way ^^) Right into the lion's den!

SPOILER

For the old gods' sake Ned, what were you thinking?? That Cersei was going to be grateful?? "What? You know that I have a liaison with my twin-brother and you know that he is the father of my children, so you tell me that you know all this because you're going to denounce me to the king, my husband, and you want me and my family to go into exile so that we won't be killed? Oh thank you my lord, you're too good!" lol

Actually, I think he knew that she would not listen to him, but he did not want to denounce her knowing full well the punishment would be death without having offered her a last chance to live. Yeah, he's too honourable and compassionate for his own good. I guess I love him for that, but I'm mad at him at the same time! :frustrated:
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Felipejobac Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
there was nothing stupid about Ned Stark. It's stupid to live without honor. Joffrey is the stupid one. I would rather die with honor than live like the rest of those clowns any day. Good job on the artwork though. Even if I don't like it's meaning.
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masterofsteam Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Living by honor doesn't give you much of a lifespan in a land like Westeros.
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3208 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I will say this to you: Eddard Stark was out-smarted by Cersei Lannister.
Btw, Ned is a pretty horrible fucking person. There are many details in the books that paints a less than flattering picture of this "honorable" man.
Do not get me wrong, I like grey characters but I do not like when people talk about GoT-characters as if they have no flaws or have nothing but flaws.

Ned is a cool character but there is alot of stupid things about him. Trust me.

As for Joff: He is inbred which might have contributed to his mental defect. He is still a child, in the books I think he is supposed to be about 13 years old. His mother is Cersei friggin' Lannister who is a narcissistic, paranoid wreck of a human being who has taught Joff from he was very young that he can trust nobody, that no one is better than him and that he should treat people as if they were his personal toy. If there was any ounce of empathy in his misshapen psyche, Cersei put that part of him to sleep long ago.
I may be the only person in the world to say this but I actually feel a tiny bit sorry for that horrible child.
And yes, Joff is stupid, of course he is. His mother is Cersei god damn Lannister. Of course he is stupid O_O
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Felipejobac Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I never said Ned was perfect. No one is perfect. Of course he made mistakes. He still had more honor than any of the other characters that were in question here. Also, he wasn't outsmarted. He just wasn't willing to forsake his honor like Cersei was. Regardless, I was just making a comment about my thoughts on it. There is no reason to get all upset and to assume that I don't think the Starks have flaws. It's ok. They are just characters in a book series turned show.
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3208 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
no you are right. I'm sorry that I assumed stuff about you. I was being an ass.
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ned stark was stupid because he trusted the wrong people, and took them for their word. He assumed that others like Cersei and Littlefinger would play by the rules like he did.

He wasn't stupid for being honorable, he was stupid for not realizing he was the only one who was.


but i digress, thanks for commenting. glad you like it!
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Felipejobac Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I don't think he trusted Cersei.....but I agree about Littlefinger. He should have known not to trust the guy who wants to use his little finger on his wife. lol.
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MasGD Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
poor ned D:
too much honor for a single man!
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
yep! thanks for the comment
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rockisdead25 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
less stupid and more "too honorable for his own good"... lol anyway very funny
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
ha, yeah. Thanks!
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G-Loveless Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice one :P
He literally threw himself into the lion's mouth indeed , poor Ned ...

Com'on , he could've deny he was a traitor , he would've been beheaded anyway . Must admit i was sad and pissed at that very moment .

Hopefully there still is few good characters alive ... for the moment :D
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
well, at least most of his kids didn't turn out quite as dumb.
thanks!
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G-Loveless Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah , hopefully !
I still don't really like Sansa , she's quite useless . Arya is fun and has a strong personnality , as Brann , i like those two :)
Rickon is okay , he just follows Bran everywhere . And Jon's pretty cool , i was about to forgot him :XD:

You're welcome :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
really apt!
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
All of the Starks are complete fucking idiots.
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
well, arya and bran are pretty clever. Poor Rob took after his father tho.
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zoupl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Very funny. So true :) Good work with the caricature too, that's totally Sean Bean!
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Aofapl Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Sad true story.
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Saddest part, that's only the beginning.
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Aofapl Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Yes I know T_T
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LionRonin Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Yup, that is defiantely an interpretation.
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
i felt this summed it up pretty well.
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Diffethan Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh silly ned..XD
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SickSticky Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exactly what he did to lose his head. :D
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MademoiselleMeg Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
:rofl:

Yeah, that about sums it up.
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Miouwwww Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol so true
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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thehatterschild Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I love Ned Stark, but yes he was very. Very. Stupid. :XD:
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bangalore-monkey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
ha yes. very stupid, indeed.

Thanks.
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Rewind-Me Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Nice! I like it. Very accurate. I've been doing some marathon watching lately too since I got the dvds. Can't wait for season 2 and/or you know the 6th book but that's besides the point.
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bolze Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win, or you die!
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