I know this may sound strange, but I think there was a significant continuity error in the show.
Renly and Ned's scene is much like the book version, with Renly declaring that merely being the Lord Protector is not enough and that they should get Joff as far away from Cersei as possible. Renly declares the obvious: the need to "strike now" and Ned insisting otherwise. Nothing to note there.
Its just that about half way through the scene, and for no reason I can see, Ned asks, "What about Stannis?" Renly then replies, in effect, why worry about the line of succession.
There's just one problem: Ned NEVER mentions that Stannis is the rightful heir at this point. He never brings up Joffrey being a bastard of Jaime and Cersei- he never says a word about any of that and Renly NEVER implies that he is any bit the wiser. If this is so- or even if its NOT so -why does Ned mention Stannis at all in any way? There is no rumor afoot that Joff is not the heir; Renly is not declaring to usurp Joff because Joff is illegitimate; its not like the scene with LF where Ned says it all right from the start.
I checked the book; in the book Stannis' name never comes up. And with good reason; at that point Renly's attitude was far different; it was a far different character. Also, there is no need, in the book, to mention Stannis- we already knew what Stannis entailed. But the show makes a point of bringing up Stannis but in the context of THIS discussion, its a complete non sequitor.
Why the hell did Ned even MENTION Stannis? It makes no sense at all.
Edited by Rockroi, 30 May 2011 - 09:57 PM.