I think that judging Brandon as stupid is unfair. He was reckless, yes, but he had to defend the honor of his House. He shouted for Rhaegar to come out and die because that's just his style
Behaving recklessly is just his style? Threatening to kill people, let alone the king's son is just how Brandon rolls? If he had bothered to investigate, he likely would have been told that rhaegar and lyanna were in love and planning some weird targaryen polygamy and that his house was not even dishonored. So, he gets himself and his dad killed which leads to war. But, we can't criticize? This is the definition of stupidity.
According to the Ned, Brandon was supposed to be the Lord. So apparently, the Ned had seen some qualities in Brandon that a Lord must have.
Ned was pretty young and probably idolized Branson.
Overall, I think reading this particular series has made the people of this forum a bit cynical. It seems to me that many of you think that anyone who isn't treacherous, cowardly or a sheer opportunist is an idiot. Brandon, Ned, Robert... If everyone in the series was like Varys and Littlefinger, it'd be a horrible series.
Even in the best of all possible worlds, Brandon is still a dumb effing moron.
And no, that doesn't detract one bit from the series.
Edit: a Brandon stark POV would prob be like reading the Cersei POV chapters in that you see first hand all the horrible decision-making and bad logic employed that result in disaster for the character. I'm sure GRRM would make it interesting.
Edited by BondJamesBond, 19 June 2012 - 11:22 PM.