Craving Peaches Posted December 24, 2022 Share Posted December 24, 2022 Recently I have seen claims that Renly should have and was obliged to back Stannis as king. I feel that this is being a bit unfair, firstly because Stannis did not make his intention to be king clear until far too late, and secondly Stannis had no proof of the thing that meant Renly had to follow him in the first place. Stannis waits a good few months after everything has gone down before announcing the incest and his claim. Before this Stannis has been refusing any communications for nine months. How is Renly meant to know what he intends? Renly can't just sit around waiting for Stannis to say something. He thinks Cersei/Lannisters are going to kill him and needs to act fast. The Stormlands alone aren't enough. Also, after Renly's done the work of raising an army and all, when Stannis shows up out of the blue demanding fealty due to this claim of incest, he has no evidence to back it up. Why should Renly follow Stannis based on him being the 'rightful king' when Stannis has no proof he's the rightful king? Stannis asking Renly to support him with no evidence is just asking Renly to throw away his army and kingship to back a less successful and less popular rebel. Stannis offers Renly nothing he doesn't already have. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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