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Ned's execution

Eddard Stark, about to be executed for treason against King Joffrey.

Eddard Stark: "What you suggest is treason."
Petyr Baelish: "Only if we lose."
Ned Stark and Petyr Baelish[src]

Treason is a serious crime against a sovereign or the realm or kingdom as a whole, including rebellionregicide, oathbreaking, and espionage. A Queen consort committing infidelity against the King is also considered treason.

The punishment for treason is death, usually by public execution. If expedient, a traitor may instead be pardoned in exchange of hostages or by agreeing to take the black and join the Night's Watch.

Like oathbreaking, the nature of treason is not an absolute one and is subject to political machinations. It can often depend on whether said treason is successful. While a defeated rebel will be condemned and executed as a traitor, a victorious one will be in power and will merely receive the epithet usurper.

In the city of King's Landing, those accused of treason are confined to the Black Cells.

Major cases and accusations of treasonEdit


"So long as I am your King, treason shall never go unpunished! Ser Ilyn! Bring me his head!"
―King Joffrey Baratheon orders the execution of Eddard Stark.[src]
"You're here to answer for your brother's treason."
―Joffrey to Sansa Stark[src]
Brienne of Tarth: "Threatening my lady is an act of treason."
Rickard Karstark: "Treason? How can it be treason to kill Lannisters?"
Brienne of Tarth and Rickard Karstark[src]
"I lost one son, fighting by your son's side. I lost another to the Kingslayer, strangled with a chain. And you commit treason because your children are prisoners?"
―Rickard to Catelyn Stark[src]
Robb Stark: "This was your treason."
Rickard Karstark: "It's treason to free your enemies! In war, you kill your enemies!"
— Rickard to Robb Stark

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