I don't get it. Hodor jokes=lame even before they became played out(which happened long ago)
Eh, I guess it's a comment on the perceived idiocy of any position that says Roose has a chance of surviving this upcoming conflict.
I think a lot of readers assume that Roose is more like Tywin than he really is. Meaning, I think there's an assumption that Roose's goals are transparent, and that his endgame is about political power and reaching for material benefit. In truth, Roose is the only other character in the series outside of LF who plays the game for the sake of playing the game:
Roose being a co-conspirator with Walder puts the dead northmen at his feet, along with Robb.
The bolton men slew Dacey and Smalljon as well.
So no, i don't see how throwing the Freys down keeps him safe.
But do the Northmen know that detail?
Let me ask a different question. What do you think Roose is looking for exactly?
More importantly, why do you think Roose directly implicated himself and his men in the RW? Because he was going to be rewarded by Tywin for delivering Glover and Ser Helman to Gregor when he gave them those false directives, for delivering Wylis Manderly to Gregor across the bank, and for arranging the wedding. The kingslaying and use of his own men was an added bonus of sorts-- unnecessary for the agreement it seems. And it seems like he got the idea to kill Robb himself after Jaime leaves Harrenhal.
You seem to think that this was a massive blunder on Roose's part. Indeed, it looks like a blunder, in that if he were to do something the Northmen would never accept in order to win wardenship of the North, then it serves no purpose because he'd never actually be able to hold that title. And further, he could have just stayed in the privy and not exposed himself at all in order to get this warden reward and keep himself from the Northmen's ire.
Does Roose truly strike you as the sort to play things so carefully only to make a ridiculous, not to mention, unnecessary, move to kill Robb if the wardenship is truly what he wants?
Edited by butterbumps!, 02 October 2013 - 11:06 AM.