"Now and always."
―Ned renews House Umber's pledge of fealty to House Stark[src]

Lord Ned Umber was the son of Lord Smalljon Umber and his successor as the head of House Umber.



Ned Umber is the son of Smalljon Umber and grandson of Greatjon Umber. He seems to be named after Eddard Stark, who was also known as Ned. After the death of his father at the Battle of the Bastards, Ned becomes the new lord of House Umber and their castle despite being only ten years old.

Season 7

Alys and Ned swear fealty to Jon.

Ned is at the council of Northern and Vale lords in Winterfell's main hall held by the new King in the North Jon Snow. Sansa suggests giving the Last Hearth to an ally of Jon, but Jon dismisses this idea, as Ned wasn't to blame for Smalljon Umber's actions. Jon speaks his name and Ned stands up from amongst the other lords, a full head shorter than them and wearing an expression of fear and uncertainty. Jon then motions for him and Alys Karstark to walk forward and stand before him; fearing that he will have them executed, Ned and Alys obey. However, Jon does not show any desire to punish them for their fathers' actions and instead asks them to once more swear fealty to House Stark. Visibly relieved, Alys and Ned draw their swords, kneel before Jon and declare they will serve House Stark "now and always", retaining his position as Lord of Last Hearth.[2]

Ned is also present when Jon announces his plans to leave for Dragonstone, to make an alliance with Daenerys Targaryen in order to defeat the Night King, and leave Sansa in control of the North.[3]

Season 8

Ned requests more horses and wagons for his house.

Ned is assembled with several other Northern Lords when Jon arrives with Daenerys and her army, observing the Dragon Queen with curiosity and trepidation. He is then seen in the Great Hall of Winterfell with the assembled lords discussing the breaching of the Wall at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Since Last Hearth is the closest castle to the breach, Sansa tells Ned to return to Last Hearth to gather his bannermen and return to Winterfell. He requests more horses and wagons to speed up the process of getting his people to Winterfell, awkwardly addressing Jon and Daenerys as well, and leaves the Great Hall once his request is granted.[4]

Later, at Last Hearth, Ned is found dead by a combined group of Free Folk, Night's Watch, and the Brotherhood Without Banners led by Tormund Giantsbane, Beric Dondarrion, and Eddison Tollett. He has been pinned to a wall in the castle's great hall, at the center of a spiral of severed limbs with a knife in his hand. Beric states that the spiral symbol is a message from the Night King.

Beric Dondarrion burns a reanimated Ned.

Ned, who has been reanimated as a wight, awakens to the sound of the three conversing and lets out an unholy scream that startles the men before lashing out at Tormund with his knife. Beric quickly finishes the wight with his flaming sword, immolating Ned and the spiral in the process and finally killing the undead boy.[4]


Season Seven appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Season Eight appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne


"We need more horses and wagons, if it please my lady. And my lord. And my queen. Sorry."
―Ned has trouble addressing the leaders at Winterfell.[src]

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In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, there is no member of House Umber whose first name is Ned. There is also no mention whether Smalljon had any children, but it is known that the Greatjon had other sons and daughters in addition to Smalljon, so perhaps he has grandchildren.


  1. His Season 7 HBO Viewer's Guide entry confirms that he is Smalljon's son in the TV continuity, and that he is 11 years old in Season 8.
  2. "Dragonstone"
  3. "Stormborn"
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Winterfell"
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Lord: None, extinct Heir: None, extinct
Seat: Last Hearth Lands: The North
Title(s): Lord of Last Hearth
Ancestors: Daragh Umber · Morag Umber · Cleos Umber · Hothor Umber · Amarylis Umber · Harkon Umber · Mycah Umber · Lucan Umber · Gareth Umber · Joseth Umber · Regan Umber · Corin Umber · Brandon Umber · Kear Umber · Finn Umber · Emilia Umber · Morgana Umber · Maynard Umber · Cedric Umber · Iain Umber (I) · Iain Umber (II) · Benya Umber · Tulip Umber · Caren Umber
Deceased members: Greatjon Umber · Smalljon Umber · Ned Umber
Overlord: House Stark
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