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18 Most Shocking TV Plot Twists EVER

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Ned Stark’s Fate on Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is known for its shocking character deaths, but the most surprising one of all is still it’s first major loss —the execution of Ned Stark. Ostensibly the series’ lead, viewers who hadn’t read George R.R. Martin‘s novels had no idea that Stark would be betrayed by the most annoying little twit in all of television, Joffrey. Ned is charged with treason for attempting to crown King Robert‘s brother Stannis Baratheon as king instead of Joffrey, and he is told he will be spared and exiled if he publicly admits Joffrey is the rightful king, which is does. Then, the little prick executes Ned anyway, and the tone of the series is set in the final moments of its first season. While the Red Wedding is usually cited as the most shocking event on Thrones, it has become so synonymous with plot twists that the only people who were really shocked were the ones that watched it live and never read the books.

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