Stallion That Mounts Texas Posted December 30, 2011 Share Posted December 30, 2011 In AGOT Tywin says that from the beginning he felt that Stannis was a greater danger than all the others combined (before he began to face Robb). From this chapter I can finally see why. Stannis has been regarded as a great battle commander for some time (Storm's End and smashing the Iron fleet and the capture of Great Wyk), but this is the first time he has actually shown it in the present series. I am finally coming around to being satisfied if he wins the iron throne. However, I have two concerns with his plan.1. Roose Bolton is still in prime position to win. Roose is no fool as he kept the best part of his strength behind the strong walls of Winterfell while dispatching losses he could afford (Troublesome Freys, backstabbing Manderleys and his unwanted bastard). Even if Stannis survives the upcoming attack he still has no way to siege and take Winterfell.2. Justin Massey does not strike me as a true believer in Stannis' cause. He desires glory and personal gain most of all. That being said, he is not likely to find any good free company left to hire. The Golden Company is busy winning this war for Aegon VI and the rest are all involved in the siege of Meereen in one way or another. That leaves Dany, whom we can safely assume will be the ultimate victor on Essos. Remember that the Masseys are a house from the Crownlands and have served House Targaryen for hundreds of years. Many houses from that region are Targ loyalists still. If Ser Justin gets word that Stannis is dead (or even if he is alive) he may see that the best course is to ally with Dany and negotiate for Shireen to become the Lady of Storm's End and keep the Storm Lands. This would set him up quite nicely and allow him to keep some loyalty to Stannis. No one will rally to Shireen's banner should Stannis fall. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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