Game of Thrones: Eddard Stark
Eddard "Ned" Stark is the Lord of Winterfell and the most powerful figure in the northern region of the kingdom. After the suspicious death of the Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, the king asks his old friend Ned Stark to come to the capital and serve as the new Hand of the King. Stark is played by Sean Bean, who many will remember as Boromir from the Lord of the Rings movies. Stark is a pivotal player in the story and Bean plays the character brilliantly.
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