[Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion in E09: The Dance of Dragons Posted June 8, 2015 I'll take an explanation and, if wrong, admit I'm wrong. (I know, this is the internet, but I'm serious.) Let me say: I have always looked at the purpose of Stannis as an exhibition of the failure inherent in rigidity. As D&D even mentioned in the "inside the episode' segment, Stannis makes a choice and does not deviate. That is wrong. He may have a legitimate claim to the throne, or he may not. We can also discuss the "realism" of the portrayal, since the setting is a period rife with awful deeds and people. None of that changes that inflexibility is an trait possessed by the "bad guy." Stannis isn't an inflexible character in the books though. Far from it, he's the most progressive and willing to change leader in the books. People read Donal Noye's quote about Stannis being pure iron and assume it's true. It's not.