Stannis and Manderly have agreed to work together for the purpose of installing Rickon as Lord Stark at the very least. Plus the Hill Lords or Mountain lords or whatever they're called will no doubt be the first to rise for Lord Stark and the rest'll follow. That's no "modest" alliance.This is all without mentioning Sansa and Littlefinger.
It was blatantly said in the book that Ned was distant and cold with Theon so that killing him, if he had to, would not be a problem. Stark was a warlord during the middle ages, I don't see him not being able to do it. A better question would be whether or not Balon would've cared.
Is Bronn's name Stokeworth Or Blackwater? He was proclaimed Bronn of the Blackwater after the battle and I thought it was customary for knights to assume given names (where none exist) upon becoming Lords. I just thought that it wouldn't make sense for a Westerosi man to take his wife's name.
When Bran's fellowship is ambushed by the wight's outside of Bloodraven's cave. Heartstopping and I was sure we'd lose Meera or Jojen or both.
Also, the Battle of Blackwater when Sandor is overcome by the fire. So much emotion right there.
How have I missed all the Iron allusions?
Anyway I see King Stannis never leaving the North. Is anyone familiar with the theory of Stannis becoming the Night's King? If not, I'll see if I can make a thread.
Edit : there are actually a couple of quotes posted to this page that I'd add to the theory.