Lord Varys Posted April 12, 2012 Share Posted April 12, 2012 I don't see the problem here. It is already confirmed that Stannis Baratheon likes sex. ADwD did so, in that one tidbit in the Melisandre chapter. They enjoy each other, in fact. Stannis was not attracted to Selyse, that much is true, and he is uncomfortable around women (especially around atypical women like Asha and Alysane Mormont), but this does not mean that he has no sexual desires, or does not like having sex with women. Considering the fact that he is depicted as straight guy, we have to assume his sexual desires involve women. We don't not what Stannis likes/dislikes when having sex, and considering the vague picture of the joy a man might have when having sex with Melisandre, we can't be sure, but as of yet does not consider Stannis a bad (or weird) lover.Stannis is definitely attracted towards Mel. And he always was. But I very much doubt that he started to sleep with her because she promised him a son. Nor would he have follow his own desires and humiliate/betray Selyse with no good reason. Stannis has no intention of becoming another version of Robert, who was made look like fool due to his sexual appetites (and the blind eye he turned towards his wife).Despite the appearances, Melisandre never controlled Stannis. This is also confirmed in ADwD. All he ever did was heed her counsel. Mel never controlled or shaped Stannis desires (i.e. his ambition/determination to seize the Iron Throne of Westeros), but he let her have her way from time to time.Considering Stannis's personality I can't imagine that 'I give you a son' could motivate him to forget himself and fuck her then and there on the table. This would have afforded something more, say, the Iron Throne, or Renly's men. This scene would have been really powerful indeed if Mel had promised Stannis to give him an army in exchange for his semen. This would have been rather irritating and weird to the audience, but, well, the riddle would be resolved soon enough. I'm not so sure that Stannis will be happy when he learns/realizes that his 'son' kills Renly and disappears into thin air. That's not the kind of 'son' Stannis had in mind... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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