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I'm still having trouble with Ned's thought process.

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I'm still not sure why Ned would trust Littlefinger. Did it never occur to him that Littlefinger might want to take revenge on him for something as simple as having Catelyn as his wife?

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He doesn't trust him at first. But as he leads him to the king's bastards, he starts to soften up.

At the end, though, Ned should have been highly suspicious of Littlefinger. Ned knows that the truth of the royal children's parentage comes as no surprise to LF, which means he has been stringing Ned along since the beginning, and Ned then pursues a strategy to put Stannis on the throne, which LF is adamantly opposed to. But Ned's problem is that he sees this is the lawful, honorable thing to do, so he assumes LF has been swayed by his arguments when in fact he hasn't.

It was hubris, not honor, that cost Ned his head.

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