Nucky Thompson Posted August 7, 2013 Share Posted August 7, 2013 After the death of Jon Arryn and before Ned Stark became Hand of the King, someone had to fill the position temporarily. Who might that have been? Moreover, with the king, the queen "and all the rest of them" out of the capital, a "castellan" of sorts was needed to govern King's Landing in his stead. My bet is that it was either Pycelle or perhaps Ser Barristan. Any other suggestions? Littlefinger and Varys are among the usual suspects as well, but I don't think that either of them could actually be entrusted with such an important task. They would also be likely to try some plot if entrusted with so big a responsibility - Littlefinger would probably try to stage a coup and secede the capital in the king's absence while Varys would be likely to invite Illyrio's army to seize the place. Barristan is probably capable of holding the place in the king's absence but Robert doesn't seem to have liked him that much. In such a situation Stannis would've been the logical choice, but he probably was too preoccupied with being holed up on Dragonstone to notice. By the way, what would be his reaction when receiving ravens from the capital? "Nah, bugger that, let fatso Robert think of that. I'll sit safely here and wait for him to do something stupid and get himself killed. By something like... a boar?" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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