Originally Posted by daryl zero
While the link I gave listed some reasons, Ned made incredible bad judgments. His honor came and went. He was willing to sacrifice his honor at the last minute to try to save his family. Why didn't he do that before? If the guy either teams up with Renly or bows to Joffrey, none of this crap happens. All the concern about the proper lineage to the throne is ridiculous as Robert rose up and killed the Targaryen king and made succession moot. Ned was willing to rewrite Robert's will to keep Joffrey out essentially lying to Robert on his death bed. Ned just made a complete line of stupid moves which cost himself and his family dearly.
Good points, some of which had occurred to me, but some hadn't. Esp. about Robert, and Ned's backing him in seizing the throne. I know there was good reasons for removing the Targaryens, but still it does show Stark's code of honor isn't as rigid as he might have thought it was. In his defense though he had no knowledge of Sansa spilling the beans about his suspicions to Cersie so he had no way of knowing he was walking into a trap. And his hesitation in acting was due more to his concern for the safety of Joffrey, etc, than his honor-he clearly did not want to see the children suffer, just like he opposed killing Dannerys when she was pregnant. His flaw wasn't so much his honor as it was his compassion for those he felt were innocents, not wanting to see the children having to pay for the sins of their parents.