King Jaime Lannister Posted January 1, 2014 Share Posted January 1, 2014 WRT the OP, I'm curious about the "and Robert". One wonders what would have happened had Aerys called for Ned's head only. It would have left a more difficult decision for Jon and Robert. Asking for both deaths pretty much made rebellion inevitable, but for just one.... ? Probably, Jon and his wards would have rebelled anyway. Or Jon might have tried to reason with the king (from a safe distance) and sent Ned into temporary exile. Certainly Robert had almost as much a grudge against Rhaegar as the Starks, which is presumably why Aerys went after him. If he had won and remained in power, would he have allowed the younger, less experienced and more malleable Benjen and Stannis to keep their titles? Being mad, probably not. BTW, I smell a possible Varys intervention in this decision to ask for both heads. Does anyone else? YES. I was speed reading through the thread to see if anyone would say this first. If his goal in the current story to to create chaos, why would it not be his motivation earlier??? Also, Robert Baratheon was betrothed to Lyanna. He was sort of at the center of the dilemma Rhaegar put his father in. He is betrothed to a Stark. Stannis is not. And his best bud brother in law to be Lord of the North is in the same castle as him. Squash it all right then and there. If Jon Arryn had obeyed, I am pretty sure there is never a rebellion. Starks learn they have no power over the throne, so don't fuck around. It is actually an OK strategy. It is kind of a Tywin move. The fact that it failed, showed that the crown DOES NOT have the power to do whatever it wants without repercussion. If it had worked, it is a great power play and totally establishes dominance. Moves like this in History are always judged with hindsight. If the Westerlands had risen up against Tywin after he removes the Reins and Tarbecks it would seem foolish, but since worked in his favor its considered strength. Wait a second, did my two points just contradict each other? Shit. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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