Thursday, 15 February 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #55 Stannis Baratheon

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After being defeated by Tyrion's efforts and the combined forces of Tywin Lannister and the Tyrells, Stannis has fallen into a deep depression. He has no interest in speaking to anyone except Melisandre and he treats her with violence and contempt, blaming her for the defeat. She reminds him that he chose not to take her to the battle where she could have helped him. He is indifferent on discovering that Davos is alive and survived the fleet being destroyed, and is quick to have him imprisoned in the dungeons when he tries to kill Melisandre. He cares little about the prospect of burning former followers should Melisandre wish it. Her influence on him has been consolidated by the defeat at Blackwater, and he believes that victory can now only be won with her by his side.

Melisandre decides that she must go on a mission to help Stannis but he is convinced that she is running away from him because of his failure to take King's Landing. He wants to make another of the shadow monsters that he used to kill Renly, but she tells him that it isn't possible but there are other ways to defeat his enemies. He does not understand what she is planning but broods when she leaves.

Stannis decides to go and speak to his wife Selyse, a woman he has never loved and who herself is a fanatical follower of the Lord of Light. I a moment of guilt he confesses to her that he was unfaithful with Melisandre, which she knows about already. She declares that it is for the best as she has only given him dead sons and a daughter tainted by disease. It is clear that Selyse has contempt for her daughter Shireen who is locked in the tower out of sight, and she tries to stop Stannis from visiting her. Stannis goes to Shireen who is delighted to see him, provoking further guilt from him. He then has to tell her that her friend Davos is a traitor and prisoner.

Melisandre returns with Gendry, his brother's bastard son, who has royal blood in his veins, and she plans to use that blood in her spells and eventually sacrifice him. Stannis believes that it is a waste of time to look after him kindly but she reassures him that keeping Gendry from knowing they bear him ill is important. Stannis seems to be jealous of the boy's looks and wonders what Melisandre plans to do to keep him unaware of his fate. Davos objects to what Stannis plans to do, reminding him that Gendry is his nephew, to which Stannis responds that killing one bastard to save the kingdom is a suitable sacrifice. Davos believes that Stannis is not committed to this and has told him so that Davos can talk him out of it. Davos agrees not to attack Melisandre and is released. Stannis and Davos watch as Melisandre uses three leeches to extract his blood, which Stannis throws into the fire, naming his enemies as Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy.

Word reaches Stannis that Robb Stark is dead and he and Melisandre take this as proof that the royal blood worked and will change the course of the war in favour of Stannis. Stannis is convinced that Melisandre has delivered on her promise and will no longer tolerate Davos having doubts about her. Stannis is furious when Davos helps Gendry to escape and sentences him to die as a traitor. Davos tells Stannis and Melisandre that the Night's Watch have asked for help and she confirms this in the flames of her fire. Stannis is surprised to be told by her that he must abandon his claim to the Iron Throne for now and take his troops north to assist the Night's Watch.


  1. Yeah, I don’t like this guy. He cares more about being king than about his family. Not cool, dude.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I could never forgive him for what happened to Shireen!

  2. If anyone could be on my list of character's almost as bad as Cersei, it would be Stannis and that red witch! I don't know how many times I yelled at the telly after each brutal, selfish and stupid thing they did.
    Now I want to watch the whole thing over again. LOL

    1. Poor Shireen! I hated the things Stannis did but I did love his character in a way. Y'know, we hate the bad guys but we love what they do for the plot!