Did anyone also strongly get the vibe during the Renly-Stannis-conversation that Shireen is back in? Wouldn't Stannis have said 'until I have a child' when he offered Renly to name him his heir, if TV Stannis was indeed childless?
Also, the fact that Stannis learned about the incest from Ned gets rid of this whole 'Eddard Stark was no friend of mine' stuff, which makes Stanns somewhat more sympathetic.
Stannis didnt learn about the incest from Eddard. He and jon arryn figured it out, hence why stannis left before ned got there.
I dont like this actor as Stannis at all. There's nothing intimidating about him at all. Not his voice, looks, mannerisms, nothing. Amother problem i hve is that book Stannis is very perceptive, and wise. He's a respected warrior commander and we know this from the get go with the books.
I get none of that from this character so far. I think he's the worst character so far, and he's top 3 for me in the books.