Player of Thrones: King Stannis Baratheon (The Lord of Dragonstone)
By Thoros on in Editorial.

When we look at the Game of Thrones, we have those who follow and play an important role to those who lead. We’ve seen a few of these players highlighted so far. Jojen and Meera Reed, Melisandre, The Hound, etc. These players are essential to help their leaders succeed in making pivotal moves towards the Iron Throne. In Westeros, we know the War of the Five Kings featured Joffery Barranister, Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Stannis Baratheon, and Renly Baratheon. All of whom are leaders in some way or the other. Out of these five kings only one has truly prevailed.

This Player of Thrones is not only a player, he is too a leader. Through his lifetime he has led his people through the darkest of times. He has survived his fair share of large battles and proven to be one tough cookie. He never seems to receive the glory he deserves, but no man in Westeros has been through and achieved as much as this man has on the battlefield. He is stubborn, loyal, honest, and brash. He can be your biggest ally, or the biggest thorn in your side. He is adamant to take what is his, with fire burning in his heart. His name is Lord Stannis of the House Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone, The King at The Wall, Azor Ahai Reborn, and the One True King of Westeros.

Lord Stannis Baratheon of Dragonstone

Lord Stannis Baratheon of Dragonstone

 

At the beginning of Season 2 we are found on the beach, with what seem to be a bunch of crazy pyromaniacs. Some crazy dude pulls a flaming sword from one of the burning idols, plants it the ground, and walks away. “Who is this guy?” “Why is he burning The Seven?” “Why didn’t he keep the burning sword?” These were all questions that were being asked of me. My only response to Unsullied, “Watch this man very carefully. He is going to be a big part of this show.” After Episode 10 of Season 4 “The Children”, those same people came back to me and told me how right I was about the stubborn and just Stannis Baratheon.

Stannis is first of his name under the House Baratheon name. He is son to Steffon and Cassana Baratheon, younger brother to the late King Robert and older son to the late Wanna-Be-King Renly. So from the beginning he had it rough, being the middle child and all (trust me I know). For Stannis it always seemed to be that he would work the hardest to achieve what he wanted. and always in some way shape or form fell short.

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House Stannis Baratheon Sigil

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House Baratheon Sigl

House Baratheon is one of Westeros’ Great Houses. The main sigil for the house, and seeing how it is the Royal House of Westeros , is a crowned black stag on a field of gold. Their motto, Ours is the Fury. During the War of the Five Kings, Stannis removes the sigil and takes upon his own Baratheon sigil a crowned stag sable enclosed within a burning heart gules with flames of orange.

Stannis and his brothers had a rough childhood. When he was thirteen King Aerys asked Steffon Baratheon, Stannis’ Dad,  to go to the Free Cities to find a suitable wife for Prince Rheagar. The only thing that Steffon found was a fool. He wanted to bring the fool back because he believed it could teach the all too serious Stannis how to laugh. When Steffon and his Wife were returning to Storms End the ship was caught in a terrible storm in Shipwrecker’s Bay killing Stannis’ mom and dad. This devastated Stannis and from that day forward he swore off of The Seven and began his search for something new.

The pain Stannis felt for his parents only continued to grow his stubborn and unforgiving nature. This helped Stannis in his later years, specifically in the Siege of Storm’s End during Robert’s Rebellion. Robert had asked Stannnis to hold Storm’s End, their home, while he led a rebellion with Jon Arryn and Ned Stark against the Targaryens. The loyalist army of the Tyrells marched on Storm’s End and besieged it for the majority of the rebellion. Once Robert had taken control of King’s Landing, Ned Stark continued to march South and saved the almost starved city of Storm’s End. The city was saved by a smuggler by the name of Davos. He was no knight, only a lowly smuggler that happened to have a ship full of onions. This saved the city until Ned Stark could arrive.

Stannis had proven himself strong and able to care for the Baratheon home city. He knighted Davos and gave him the House name of Seaworth. He also took the fingers from the knuckle up on Davos right hand as his punishment for smuggling. This moment gave a lot of insight into how just of a man Stannis is to all.

Robert asked Stannis to build a fleet and sail to the island castle of Dragonstone, to take the city and block Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen’s escape from Westeros. Stannis did not arrive in time, and the two Targaryen children escaped. Stannis’ failure overshadowed the fact that he had successfully taken control of a strategic point of defense for Kings Landing.

Despite his ability to hold Storm’s End, Stannis was commanded to garrison and be Lord of Dragonstone. This infuriated Stannis. He wanted to be Lord of Storm’s End, their home, but was set to hold his fleet on the poorer island. This Island Castle was traditionally the seat to the heir of the Throne and with Stannis being the next in line he was commanded to stay at Dragonstone.

Stannis Baratheon as Portrayed by Stephen Dillane

Stannis Baratheon as Portrayed by Stephen Dillane

Stannis was also made Master of Ships. He once again proved his ability to defeat an enemy, this time during the Greyjoy Rebellion. He smashed and destroyed most of they Greyjoy fleet and took the Great Wyk in Robert’s name. Once again he proves his loyalty to his brother Robert, and the crown.

However Robert never gave him much credit. Robert credited the win at Storm’s End to Eddard Stark and gave no thanks to Stannis, He blamed Stannis for the escape of the Targaryen Children as opposed to praising his little brother for taking the Island Castle. This continued for the rest of Robert’s life. Stannis never complained, due to his loyal commitment to serve the King.

Stannis assisted Jon Arryn in ruling the kingdom, developing a close connection to the Hand of the King. Early on, Stannis believed that Cersei and Robert’s children were not Robert’s. He knew that no Baratheon has produced a child with blonde hair. He asked Jon Arryn to look into this theory with him. They visited Robert’s bastard children, and found they all had black hair. They studied The Lineages of the Great Houses and found that when a Baratheon weds they have black haired children, even when produced by the golden locks of Lannister hair.

Jon Arryn soon after “died”, but Stannis knew. He just had to find the right way to inform Robert. He was also concerned that Jon Arryn’s death would cause more bloodshed, and retreated back to Dragonstone. Here he gathered his forces and began to plot his next move. When Robert is “killed” in a boar accident, Jofferey Baratheon takes the Iron Throne. Because Stannis knows that Robert and Cersei’s children are not Robert’s, they can not take the Throne. Meaning, Stannis is the  One  True King of Westeros. He then joins the War of Five Kings.

Then we come to our Stannis, and where we were introduced to him in HBO’s show.

Here’s a quick rundown of Stannis’ happenings in the show Game of Thrones:

Melisandre influencing Stannis

Melisandre influencing Stannis

-Converts to R’hllor (represent!) and Melisandre
-Is told he is the Azor Ahai (See the Melisandre post)
-Decides that to treat with Renly, Renly must kneel to him.
-Renly declines gets poked from behind from a shadow assassin birthed by Melisandre
-Davos finds Melisandre’s tactics not cool and asks to lead the assault on Kings Landing
-Is defeated at King’s Landing in the Battle of Blackwater Bay by Tywin Lannister and Loras Tyrell (ironic)
-Falls back to Dragonstone and is DEVASTATED. Discovers there is no more power in his blood for Melisandre to use. However Robert does have a lot of bastards and decides to use leeches cast an ill omen on Robb Stark. Joffferey Baratheon, and also Balon Greyjoy.
-As Robb Stark and Jofferey fall Stannis is plotting his next move he needs an army and needs ships.
-After receiving  a letter from the Night’s Watch he decides to focus on preserving the Wall and march on the impending wildling invasion as well as the evil that Winter brings with it. He is advised by Melisandre and Davos that this is where he needs to go.
-To fullfil his need for an army he sails to Braavos to treat with the Iron Bank. He is backed with money, hires ships and mercenaries and sales his big ass army above the wall.
-We see his two large columns of horses take on the unsuspecting Free Folk and capture Mance Rayder. 

Ser Davos and Stannis after Defeating the Wildling Horde

Ser Davos and Stannis After Defeating the Wildling Horde

Stannis is a true leader. He is not a breaker of rules and he will do everything in his power to respect the laws of the land, and demand others do so as well. He is ambitious, stubborn, unforgiving, loyal, just, and one tough Motherf*(#er. I believe that he is in true contention for the Throne. He has the claim as he is the next in line due to Robert dying, and Tommen and Myrcella not being Baratheons. He leads and rules with a just and honorable hand. He isn’t an easy push over, but catch him interested and you could convince him to do just about anything. His weakness in my eyes, is that he has no son. His only heir is his daughter Shireen, but she is looked at as if she was cursed due to her affliction with Greyscale. 

Another thing that I respect about Stannis is that he is the only one to respond to the Night’s Watch critical cry for help against a mounting Wildling and White Walker Army. He is truly acting as Protector of the Realm by taking the army he borrowed to the Wall, as opposed to Kings Landing. He is not shrouded by his ambitions, instead can see where in the realm he is needed the most, at this time.  NO ONE ELSE WENT TO THE WALL. F&#* THEM ALL!

 

I digress…

 

I’m interested to see how he can influence the wall, as well as move down to Kings Landing from the North. He has an army of Boltons to go through, as well as a few Greyjoys. If he can reunite the Northern Bannerman to destroy the Boltons and take back Moat Cailin, he will have reached his next checkpoint on his quest for the crown. Or will he stay at the wall and continue to do what he came to do, which is prevent the White Walkers from invading Westeros? Who knows?

Stannis in his Awesome Armor

Stannis in his Awesome Armor

Shall we put Stannis through my weekly ASSessment? I think we shall:

Title: The Lord of Dragonstone, The King at the Wall, Azor Ahai,  The Mannis (hehe)
Current Role to the Throne: Rebellious “Uncle”
Lands: Dragonstone, controls The Wall
Wealth: Lots of money borrowed from the Iron Bank.
Army: Lots of borrowed horses, men, and ships to the Iron Bank
Likelihood to become the next King of Westeros: Strong. He has a long way to go but I feel confident in his ability to get shit done. This is now his time to shine. He no longer has his brothers to fight with. It’s just him, his army, and a whole lot of horses. (If you can’t tell I’m still in love with his arrival in “The Children”)
King Name: King of The Just, Destroyer of the Seven

 

Where do you think Stannis will go from here? Do you think he will stay at the wall and assist the Night’s Watch? Do you think he will sweep down from the Wall through the Boltons, Greyjoys, Freys, and Lannisters in Kings Landing to sit his unforgiving ass on that prickly throne? Let’s DISCUSS!

On a side note I’m obsessed with House Baratheon:

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Also Check Out These Other Player of Thrones Posts:

Oberyn Martell, The Red Viper
Melisandre, The Red Priestess
Jojen and Meera Reed, The Crannogmen
Petyr Baelish, Littlefinger
Ser Davos Seaworth, The Onion Knight
Sandor and Gregor Clegane (The Hound and The Mountain)
Roose Bolton (Lord of the Dreadfort)
Mance Rayder (The King Beyond the Wall)
Lord Varys (The Master of Whisperers)

When commenting below, be just and fair. Cover you spoilers up with the black veil, for the comments are dark and full of spoilers.

Done in the light of the Lord…


60 Comments

  1. davy
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Stannists unite!

  2. atomixign
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Stannis is my favorite King. He’s hysterical. Poor Jon has to fend off the best zingers with the worst delivery for rhllor knows how many seasons. Stannis has to win the Northern houses away from the Greyjoys by force and the Iron Throne by example.

    My question is, what would stannis cut off of Ramsay?

  3. Dorne Tootin'
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Stannis is the one true king of Westeros. You will address him as “Your Grace”.

    :)

  4. WhyisthereaGinnight
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Great article and good to see the season end on a high note for Stannis. We see things go sour in several of the stories but the wall is safe because of the King who cared. If Stannis held Storm’s End against the power of the Reach then the White Walkers are going to have a very tough time taking the wall.

  5. queenofthorns
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    You have a major typo in that title OP

  6. Ludo
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    All hail the best character of A Song of Ice and Fire, and his dry sense of humor.

  7. The Mountain that Skates
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    “Likelihood to become the next King of Westeros: Strong. He has a long way to go but I feel confident in his ability to get shit done. This is now his time to shine. He no longer has his brothers to fight with. It’s just him, his army, and a whole lot of horses. (If you can’t tell I’m still in love with his arrival in “The Children”)”

    The throne is his by right. All of these thieves will be destroyed. Stannis has always done his duty, and he will continue to do so.

  8. sati
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Really great article, all hail the Mannis!

  9. davy
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    atomixign:
    Stannis is my favorite King.He’s hysterical. Poor Jon has to fend off the best zingers with the worst delivery for rhllor knows how many seasons. Stannis has to win the Northern houses away from the Greyjoys by force and the Iron Throne by example.

    My question is, what would stannis cut off of Ramsay?

    His head.

  10. davy
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    “Lord Ramsay is the one Your Grace should fear.”
    Stannis bristled at that. “I defeated your uncle Victarion and his Iron Fleet off Fair Isle, the first time your father crowned himself. I held Storm’s End against the power of the Reach for a year, and took Dragonstone from the Targaryens. I smashed Mance Rayder at the Wall, though he had twenty times my numbers. Tell me, turncloak, what battles has the Bastard of Bolton ever won that I should fear him?”

    Most likely stannis’ best line in the whole series.

  11. Turncloak
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    The rightful king!!!!

  12. Fury
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Stannis for ever.

    The North isn’t so fond of Starks as some may think. Besides Boltons there are Karstarks, but from the books we also know that Dustins and Ryswells don’t like Starks. So about 1/3 – 1/2 of North is perilous to the whole Rickon/Jon and Stannis alliance. It all depends on the truth of some letters in the North. The North may be in horrific civil war right before the Winter.

  13. Turncloak
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    davy,

    Nope his best quote is
    “All he had to do was sit inside his castle whilst we starved. Instead he has sent some portion of his strength forth to give us battle. His knights will be horsed, ours must fight afoot. His men will be well nourished, ours go into battle with empty bellies. It makes no matter. Ser Stupid, Lord Too-Fat, the Bastard, let them come. We hold the ground, and that I mean to turn to our advantage.” -Stannis Baratheon (Winds of Winter)

  14. Hoyti Von Totiy
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    WAT DA FAK ?

    LORD?

    YOU ARE SPEAKING ABOUT THE ONE TRUE KING!!!

    CORRECT YOUR POST!

  15. FNF
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    King* you uneducated swine!

  16. House Mormont
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Stannis is likeable for about 150 pages, and the show’s just covered them

  17. Grynthaline
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Yay! It is officially the Stannis week. His arrival was one of the most memorable scenes of the season.

  18. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    For me, a great Stannis moment was/will be after Jon says “Edd, fetch me a block.” Jon looks up at Stannis and he nods his approval before Longclaw quickly comes down. It is a simple, poignant but fateful scene from one leader to a future leader; a respectful transfer of power, in more ways than one. I hope we get that scene (with Mel watching in fascination) before Stannis makes his trek toward Winterfell.

    Ludo,

    That is one really cool painting. Thx.

  19. Turncloak
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    Looks like somebody has not read ADWD and TWOW sample chapters which shows Stannis epiceness

  20. Stannis Inquisition
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    was this written by a 12 year old? Terribly written.
    Storms End and Dragonstone are no “cities”, jon Aryyn did not “die”, he did just die.
    The stag on the sigil was always crowned, not only since the Baratheons are the royal family of Westeros, but the show has that wrong as well.

  21. debbie
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Stannis is SO compelling in the books but the show has not fleshed him out well. THis is why many unsullied find him dull. The show suffers by lack of back story and Stannis especially.

    But by the end, ALL WILL KNEEL!

  22. Red Hound
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    debbie:
    Stannis is SO compelling in the books but the show has not fleshed him out well. THis is why many unsullied find him dull. The show suffers by lack of back story and Stannis especially.

    But by the end, ALL WILL KNEEL!

    It’s not that it’s poorly fleshed out, it’s that they used any opportunity (Except Blackwater Bay battle) to make him take a turn to villainy or being useless. Not a mention of him discovering that Joffrey&co are bastards. Evilish lines from Melisandre spoken by Stannis, good lines by Stannis are spoken by other characters. Burning “infidels” and not traitors. Little mention of his past triumphs in battle, but we have time for him to go needy on Melisandre, who seems to have him under her heel (while in the books, Stannis is using her).

    D&D don’t like Stannis, or they know he’ll become a villain and are preparing the path for it. No matter what reason is behind, it’s the worst adapted big character. Renly would also be there if he was alive.

  23. TOIVA
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Umm, Joffrey wasn’t Joffery, Jofferey or Joffferey (all three are in the post as of writing this).

    Speaking of Stannis, I’m with Varys: Magic having influence over the throne would be terrible. R’hllor followers are fanatics, I cannot support them in any way. Even Daenerys is a better option in that regard.

  24. wizardeyes
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    I agree that that is one of the best Stannis moments although you have it slightly wrong. Stannis gives his nod of approval after Jon has beheaded Janos, not before. I feel this is important as if it were before it would be like Jon was looking to Stannis for permission to do it (which he wasn’t – he had already made the decision). Stannis nodding afterwards just shows that Stannis agreed with Jon’s decision.

  25. Valaquen
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    [He is] younger brother to the late King Robert and older son to the late Wanna-Be-King Renly

    Stannis is Renly’s oldest son? Proofread, guys!

  26. wizardeyes
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Valaquen,

    Yeah this does seem like it was written by a drunk child.

  27. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    wizardeyes,

    Thx for the correction, ser. I mixed it up. I like it better that way as well!

  28. paul
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    King Stannis, along with several other long term characters, has I’m sure undertaken a change in hair coloration, wasn’t he more black of hair(as he should have been) earlier on? I know it happens to many politics, and sticking to your principles can tell on even the most ridged as the time passes.

  29. LordVega
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    That’s KING Stannis, Lord of THE SEVEN KINGDOMS to YOU thoros.

  30. Laura Vázquez
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Stannis Baratheon, i.e. Richard of York, doomed to die at the hands of Henry Tudor, i.e. Daenerys Targaryen… on the last battle of this war.

    “She saw a blue-eyed king who casts no shadow holding a red sword.” Guess who this is?

  31. A Man Grown
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Laura Vázquez,

    I hope not, I would be rooting for Stannis in that battle!

  32. Renly's Peach
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    BoooO! Down with Stannis! Renly should have been the one true king! MORE PEACHES LESS TEETH GRINDING

  33. Dobby's Sock
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Great post. Love Stannis. He will sit on the throne in the end!

  34. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Actually, Stannis himself sort of wanted a male heir because daughters tend to get challenged, but he himself has no problem with his daughter Shireen being his heir. In the books he’s flat-out said to his soldiers that should he ever die in battle, he expects them all to keep fighting to put Shireen on the throne. Moreover, they don’t highlight enough that *most* girls never get to read books on history and rulership; they’re stuck with needlework. Once Stannis realized that Shireen would probably be his only heir, he instructed her teachers to shift to giving her a proper education for a future monarch: she’s far better educated than many adult noblewomen. And this is a shockingly gender-blind, meritocratic move by Stannis, contrasted with how Tywin basically sidelined Cersei.

  35. Dobby's Sock
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Shireen is the shit

  36. King Stannis
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Lord? You’re talking to the one true king boy.

    I cannot wait for all the awesomeness at the wall next year.

  37. Gatehouse Ami
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Shireen and Sam need to talk at the library! Stannis is sitting on a stash of obsidian at Dragonstone to kill Walkers with and doesn’t even know it yet. Shireen could go to Oldtown w/Sam to avoid Melisandre’s fire for king’s blood (since there’s no baby Mance) and I hope Stannis will be the one who defies her this time, if so. I think he may have to kill Mel in order for “Lightbringer” to really happen for him. I hope it does happen for him, though.

  38. A Man Grown
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands,

    Helpful comment thank you!

  39. Atomix
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    davy,

    The head of his PENIS!?

    Gatehouse Ami:
    Shireen and Sam need to talk at the library!

    THIS.

  40. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I find it amazing (and a credit to the show) how one small exchange can change viewers’ perception of a character. I believe the following lines flipped millions of viewers to Stannis’ side (and I paraphrase):

    Stannis: Ned Stark was an honorable man. What do you think he would have done with this man?

    Jon Snow: Mance took me prisoner. He could have tortured me, etc etc, but he didn’t. I think my father would have taken him prisoner and listened to what he had to say.

    Stannis: *nods* Take him.

    The 12 unsullied I watched this with, most of whom thought Stannis was a crazy, whinging loser, immediately loved Stannis. Immediately.

    This also goes to show just how deeply people loved Ned Stark! Stannis, in this moment, was essentially resurrecting Ned Stark to advise him. And in doing so, he earned the respect of a lot of viewers.

    Great scene.

  41. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Red Hound: It’s not that it’s poorly fleshed out, it’s that they used any opportunity (Except Blackwater Bay battle) to make him take a turn to villainy or being useless. Not a mention of him discovering that Joffrey&co are bastards. Evilish lines from Melisandre spoken by Stannis, good lines by Stannis are spoken by other characters. Burning “infidels” and not traitors. Little mention of his past triumphs in battle, but we have time for him to go needy on Melisandre, who seems to have him under her heel (while in the books, Stannis is using her).

    D&D don’t like Stannis, or they know he’ll become a villain and are preparing the path for it. No matter what reason is behind, it’s the worst adapted big character. Renly would also be there if he was alive.

    I’m not so sure I agree. To me, there is a lot in show Stannis that makes him likeable. His loyalty to and respect for Davos (when most Lords sneer at him), which leads him to continually seek Davos’ advice and counsel, and his recently-revealed respect for Ned Stark (and by extension, Jon Snow) shows that he has a good side that’s simply being polluted by Melisandre. When Davos forcefully made this point in the jail cell, I was convinced that Stannis was a good guy who’d simply taken a few wrong turns (some disastrously wrong turns, yes, but they are all inconsistent with his character). His “leading from the front” at Blackwater was also a badass moment, not dissimilar to Alliser Thorne’s moment in the Wall battle.

    Like Theon in season 2, Stannis has been trying to be someone he is not. He is not the Lord of Light. He’s just Stannis. And he’s at his best when he’s just Stannis.

    And how can people miss his wonderfully dry sense of humor?

    “The three of them together couldn’t even raid a pantry.”

    “We’re on on island. Cook fish.”

    Etc.

    He’s ultimately an honorable and witty guy worn down by a crappy girlfriend. I’ve known a lot of guys like that!

  42. Sister Wrister
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    wizardeyes,

    This is my favorite scene for both Stannis an Jon. Fucking epic.

    Oh, and it is customary to kneel when surrendering to a king. Who is this Lord you speak of?

  43. Daenerys Naharis
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read the books but I can’t for the life of me remember all the details (which is really sad for a story like this). So my question is…

    If all Baratheon children are supposed to have black hair even if their parents wed a blondie, why is Shireen not black haired? Is this a miss on the show?

    (Well, I know Queen Selyse isn’t a blondie, but my impression is that since “the seed is strong,” no matter what the hair color of the spouse is, the kid is always going to be black haired.)

    Super excited to see Stannis shine in the next seasons. :)

  44. Jakylla
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    My brother left no trueborn heirs. By right in birth and blood I do this day lay claim to Iron Throne of Westeros. Let all true men declare their loyalty. The Iron Throne is mine by right. They will bend the knee or I will destroy them ;)

    Stannis is my favourite character. He has a sharp tongue when he treats with his foes. He is harsh and cold due to his difficult past with his brothers but he’s the only one the really worry for the realm. I think Jon and Stannis are the same personality. They are the seconds sons of great family so they were overshadowed but now it seems that the wheel of fortune turns. I’m looking forward to see what will be their next move at the Wall.

  45. BenesHacha
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Finally, we get to my favorite character…and then it’s probably the least favorite article I’ve ever read on the site. Typos aside, this does not fit the stylistic tone of of WiC at all (IMHO). Feels too “slang” and juvenile.

  46. smitzzz
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    *confused* Who is ‘Lord Stannis Baratheon’ ???…. oh wait! you mean King Stannis his most awesome royal majesty , king of everything in the universe!

  47. Thoros
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    You all have spoken. I have Updated the title.

  48. Ser Haywood of House Jablomie
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Some say TV Stannis lacks the wit of his book counterpart, but I disagree. Here’s two of the greatest Stanjokes in the show (yet):

    Stannis: “First we ate the horses. We weren’t riding anywhere, not with the castle surrounded. We couldn’t feed them. So, fine, the horses. Then the cats – never liked cats, so, fine. I do like dogs, good animals, loyal, but we ate them.”

    Stannis: “Does [Mathos Seaworth] listen?”
    Davos: “To me? Gods no, but if your red woman told him to leap from a crow’s nest…”
    Stannis: “She has a name. (uncomfortable pause) I trust you’ve not forgotten your smuggler’s tricks?”
    Davos: “I’ve lived within the law for seventeen years…”
    Stannis: “I want you to be a smuggler this time.”
    Davos: “Any shore, any night. What am I bringing ashore?”
    Stannis: “The red woman.”

  49. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    My two personal favorites:

    ————–

    Stannis: They don’t have enough men between them to raid a pantry.

    ————–

    Stannis: Meat’s off.
    Selyse: Our larders are almost empty.
    Stannis: Serve fish then. We’re on an island.
    Selyse: You hate fish.
    Stannis: I hate a good many things, but I suffer them all the same.

    ————–

    Best. Dinner. Companion. Ever.

  50. Morna the Witch
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    I agree that Stannis’s gesture when Jon cuts off Janos’s head is one of the best parts of his story (amongst many). I can’t wait for more Jon/Stan interaction next year.

    “You’re speaking to the one true King of Westeros, boy.”I find it funny that Davos didn’t realise who HE was possibly speaking to when he said this. Anyone else pick this up? That whole is scene is one of my favourites in the season. Seeing Mance, Jon, Stannis and Davos together on screen was epic :)

    I hope we got a scene where Stannis talks about his parents’ tragic deaths at sea (maybe with Jon). It would really encapsulate his (and especially Robert’s) hate for the Targs and illustrate why he largely is who he is.

  51. House Mormont
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    No I liked Stannis BEFORE adwd

    then he abandons abandons the REAL FIGHT because he wants more people to kneel for him to make him feel better so he tries to invade the North and
    1) Aemon says a strong North is key is the realms survival if the Wall breaks and
    2) He would have died in a week if it wasn’t for Jon literally giving him a battle plan step by step and
    3) Even with Jon’s advice he still loses most of his army because he can’t handle the North
    Not to mention he demanded all the castles on the Wall and didn’t give any men to the Night’s Watch to man them
    I mean sure I support him over Boltons and Freys but that’s not a hard contest is it

  52. House Mormont
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Not to mention for most of ADWD he wants to burn alive all the POVs around him like stannis pls Asha is an asset

  53. Robbie
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    My first reading of the books I didn’t like Stannis or the Davos, so I didn’t really care what they did. I thought Stannis was fool easily manipulated by the red woman and the Davos for blessing Stannis for the loss of his fingers, after saving his life and lives of his family.

    I’ve changed my mind about Davos because, in spite of his worship of Stannis, he has been a good council to him and loyal as one can possibly get. But Stannis is a stark raving egomaniac with delusions of grandeur. There are many ways to become King, all of them better than a claim of blood rights.

  54. YannickVW
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Just realized that Shireen’s hair in the tv show is not black like a true Baratheon… did they actually mess this vital part up? or do they blame it on greyscale

  55. Travis
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    YannickVW,

    I think its a minor mistake. She doesn’t have blue eyes either, but neither did Stannis, Robert, or Renly in the show.

  56. Princessmara
    Posted June 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    GoT is currently casting Season 5 which will take viewers to Dorne where we will meet Prince Oberyn’s brother, Doran and three of his daughters. It is rumoored that the scenes of Dorne will be filmed in Spain, snd those cast to fill Doenish characters will have a Spanish type accent. I was pondering who might be cast for the role of Doran and just saw Antonio Banderas in Once Upon a Time in Mexico and thought he’d be perfect for the role.

  57. Aeryl Targaryen
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Stannis is the chuck norris of westeros. Some newbs can’t understand the Stannists sentiments for there’s a huge difference between the book Stannis and the tv series Stannis

  58. Bodo Temote
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Definitely one of my favorite characters in the show. Can’t wait to see where he goes from here. His taking of The Wall and capturing Mance Ryder was awesome. He is a complete badass and really hopes he makes it to the Iron Throne! Sign me up for Stan the Man’s army!


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