I've been listening to the CoK audiobook and noticed something that made me think that Manderly may not be so loyal to the Boltons, whatever he says to Cersei or the Freys.
Davos' first mission from Stannis was to go to Gulltown, the Sisters, and White Harbor, to deliver the declaration from Stannis of Cersei's incest and his own claim to the throne. Not much, but Davos has certianly been there before.
Before Winterfell was taken by Theon, there was a bit of drama in the North about the Bastard of Bolton, Lord Hornwood's widow and the Hornwood lands which adjoined the Dreadfort lands. Lord Hornwood died at the Battle of the Greenfork and I think his heir died at the Whispering Wood. Lord Wyman made an offer in front of Bran to marry lady Hornwood, though she refused all suitors while at Winterfell's harvest feasts. Lady Hornwood was then taken forcefully and made to marry Ramsay Snow and claim him as her heir. Ramsay then locked her in a cell until she starved to death and claimed her lands. Ser Rodrick Cassell captured Ramsay disguised as Reek (hence his presence in Winterfell when Theon arrives) and reported to Bran that Manderly men and Bolton men were fighting on the Hornwood lands and couldn't be stopped.
When Ramsay later presented the dead Northern leaders to Theon he mentioned that he wished he could have presented Lord Manderly's dead body as well.
So there's very recent bad blood between the Boltons and the Manderlys, not to mention the murder of Ser Wendel Manderly at the Red Wedding. I can see why Lord Wyman may let Davos live and try to help Stannis fight the Boltons.
Edited by Benjen, 02 April 2007 - 03:27 PM.