Great thoughts everyone! Am a little late to the party, but I wanted to add my 2 cents on:
Just some thoughts on Jon not ‘’getting his hands dirty’’
Personally I see the metaphor being about making a choice and being prepared to accept the consequences, be it that you may end up with your hands clean or with them covered in blood, and not a mere acceptance that is necessary to soiled one’s hands. Is the choice one choose to make that will determine if you end up with bloodied hands or not, but you have to be prepared either way.
And like many of the metaphors and concepts in ASOIAF, it is a very dualistic concept. Moral detachment for the sake of utilitarian purposes may yet lead to “bloody hands’’ and not in a positive way, which I feel is at the root of the matter of Jon’s dilemma with the Old Man. The result, IMHO, is to be weighted based on what Jon’s decision shows about his character not as an attempt to label the decision and his consequences as a mere plot gift.
I think this instance with the old man is something of a middle grount between 2 very symbolic passages in Jon’s arch: his talk with Aemon in AGOT and his reaction to the pink letter in ADWD. Back in AGOT in Jon tells Aemons that in the choice between love and honor his Father would what was right:
Simply put, because they can't carry out the story. It seems to me we have more than enough POVs, so no need to wish for more.
Besides, the archs of characters like Brienne and Arya showed a great perspective of what is like for the commoners when the high Lords played the Game of Thrones. Not to mention that In Davos, we have something akin to a commoner. That this rather common men is the main window for one of the Kings is part of what makes the Davos-Stannis scenes so interesting..