At the very end of A Game of Thrones
, the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire
series, Lord Eddard Stark is seized for treason after trying to remove King Joffrey from the Iron Throne. He is then forced to take the black and go to the Night's Watch under threat that his daughters' lives will be spared, and that his son Robb Stark will stop his campaign in the Riverlands and return North. Everything goes according to plan until suddenly, Joffrey decides to chop off Ned Stark's head and start the War of the Five Kings.
But what if Ned Stark wasn't executed? What would have happened to the continent of Westeros if the War of the Five Kings became the War of the Four
Kings, and that the Starks would return back North?Ned Stark Lives!
, its second
installments explore this what-if scenario as closely as George R.R. Martin could have written it.
This series provides examples of: