Eddard "Ned" Stark was my favorite "Game of Thrones" character. Too bad he was offed in the first book. It was heartbreaking, really -- one of the most astonishing fictional moments because I didn't see it coming. And he was such a good, soulful guy.
When I went hunting for an internet image to draw from, I realized I had forgotten (or never known) the name of the character who played Ned in the TV series, but it's Sean Bean. Handsome British gent, isn't he?