Lord Lannister Posted January 28, 2018 Share Posted January 28, 2018 Well a lot of the North's questions are wrapped up in if the Pink Letter is authentic. Personally I think it was sent to push Jon's buttons and get him and the Night's Watch involved, as Ramsay seems unlikely to be privy to every detail in it. It would be someone with personal knowledge of Jon or the North, and privy to what's going on inside Winterfell given the details the letter contains. But this isn't a thread to discuss that. As things stand, Roose is in a decent position. He's send his problems(Freys and Manderlys) out to deal with his other problem, Stannis. Nearly all possible outcomes benefit Roose. Even if Stannis wins, he can still remain holed up in Winterfell and wait for Stannis to starve. Ramsay would be a wildcard as he seems more inclined to do things than think them out however. Odd that most of the direct threats to Roose are within his own walls than outside them. Stannis is in a bad position, though has also been handed an opportunity to destroy some of the Bolton forces piecemeal. If his force is strong enough to pull this off, it might even the odds in the coming campaign. A lot really depends on what Manderly does. Manderly said he'd join Stannis if Davos gets back Rickon. If you can't trust the word of a man who butchers people, cooks them up and cheerfully serves their remains to guests unknowingly while chowing down himself, who can you trust? Yeah, Manderly has demonstrated he'll lie and deceive and do heinous things in the process of securing his family and getting his personal revenge. I don't think Davos and Stannis are exceptions to that. If he was serious about joining Stannis, now would be the time to do it, but I doubt he will. If the Great Northern Conspiracy is a thing, he's neck deep in it. He's playing Stannis and the Boltons against one another and positioning himself to reap the benefits and coming out ahead no matter who wins or survives. Lady Dustin is a hard one to figure out. She seems to have something against everyone and is certainly very embittered. She'd be better off staying as non involved as possible, paying only minimal homage to the Boltons like she did the Starks, but is going out of her way to remain close to the Boltons. Why do that if not to be close and put a knife in his back? The Ironborn seem to be a nonfactor at this point. Asha might be able to rally the few that remain in the North to Stannis in exchange for going against Euron. That seems to be the only factor they might play. As for Reed? Sometimes I think he's just a red herring dangled out in front of the readers to to divert them away from the possibilities and obscure things. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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