[SPOILER] He still dies at the end.
Look, if you don't know yet that Ned Stark, the protagonist from the first novel and season of Game of Thrones, is beheaded in a shocking TWIST: too bad, you waited too long. It's out there. If this post spoils that for you, go back under the rock where your home is.
For everyone else, who just wants a refresher course on what was the most surprising murder on television in 2011, enjoy this very cute animated cartoon. Made by Vanity Fair and 1A4 STUDIO, it includes Ned's first scene beheading a deserter of the Night's Watch, through his unsuccessful political career and up to his death. All in just one minute! Maybe these guys should help George R. R. Martin with his editing process?