Sigh...I have always been a Stark fan, but it just gets worse and worse for them as the series progesses. At this point I have decided that Martin can't write a book in this series without somehow finding a way to further humilate or ruin the Starks. That line you mentioned and Jojens are one of the few things that still give some hope.
Also, Wylla was at the TOJ?
Remember we're only at the halfway point in the series. The Starks are prevailing quite well inspite of all their losses. I think in fact (as another poster pointed out) the Starks are in a far better position then the Lannisters (or anyone else we know of). They are young, the eldest are moving very close to positiosn of high power (Sansa is being married to "Harry the heir" and Jon is Lord Commander of TNW right next to one of the kings.) The other kids are off learning skills (Killing in Arya's case, Warging in Brans). Rickon...I don't know whats going to happen with him. Unless I misjudged Osha another posters prediction that he'll go completely feral probably isn't far off.
The other two "big" contenders are Dany and the Lannisters. The Lannisters are older, one of them is in prisoned and considered mad. The other is considered a disgrace and has lost his most valubele tool (his sword hand). Tyrion is in good shape, but I don't think he's giong to Dany to push Cersi's agenda. Dany is young, has dragons, but otherwise is lost. She is not in a position where she has a family network to fall back on/be reunited with,her advisors some to be of dubious honor (exception: Bellamy, but how good at politics he is who knows). She is 15-16 and up to her neck in politics she is learning on the fly. Than add in all the people flying to see her and god only knows.
But hey maybe she has a nephew somewhere....
i wanted to throw book away when Ned was killed. Such a shame the way he is been executed and worse you dont feel like he has been avenged or ever will be avenged
Well strictly speaking he was. His daughter murdered the man who ordered her killed.
I would have been much more satsified if after defeating tyrwin (with Edmure not messing it up) Rob besieged kings landing and challeneged Joffery to sinlge combat (and lets face it we know how that would have turned out.) I'm quite sure I would have been unabel to contain my joy at that idea.
Note: I'd rather Rob execute him after the war. It'd be much more humiliating for Rob to defeat him and make him beg for his life, only to kill him after for his crimes.
Oh and don't forget Eddard has 5 kids left (Jon is Ed's in Spirit even if turns out not in blood. ) . Success is the best revenge-his kids succeed where Tyrwin's, Robert's and Cersi's all fail.