Rubicante Posted March 27, 2016 Share Posted March 27, 2016 Well according to the big spoiler from "Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 9 Behind the Scenes Commentary", Stannis will at some point in the books make the decision to sacrifice his daughter. Although I have slowly come to accept that he could do this, I believe the circumstances will be completely different in the novel. I've been contemplating how exactly this can occur in the books. I believe the following three things need to occur for this to happen. 1. Stannis must directly meet up with Shireen and Melisandre again (there is no way he orders this command through raven). The only way this can happen is if he either retreats to Castle Black or takes Winterfell. I find a retreat difficult to believe considering how he appears to be "all in" with attacking the Bolton's according to the sample Theon chapter in TWoW. Nonetheless, he could suffer heavy losses and retreat. 2. The circumstances must be much more extreme, and by this I mean an imminent others and wights invasion. 3. Jon Snow must still be dead prior to the sacrifice. If Jon Snow is resurrected, I don't think Stannis would see himself as Azor Ahai anymore and therefore would not carry out the sacrifice. So here's what I think will happen. Stannis will defeat the Frey army using the terrain to his advantage and with help from the Manderly's who will turn on the Frey's. I do not know if he will take Winterfell (and how he would do it). If he can't, he goes back to the Wall. If he does, he will return to Wall afterwards. At the Wall, he then witnesses the incoming Others and Wights army and realizes just how screwed they are. He sacrifices Shireen with the belief that he will properly forge Lightbringer, which is the only thing that can defeat the army. Jon is still dead at the wall at this point. Not really sure what happens at this point. Somehow Jon is resurrected and is taken south from the wall while still in a weak state. Stannis attacks the Others and fails. The Wall then falls. Anyhow, I'm probably totally wrong. What are your thoughts? And feel free to criticize my idea. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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