So I’m going to blame this, a thousand percent, on D&D and their crap writing. If you haven’t read the books, you’ll have to take my word for it, but Stannis is in no way weak or easily manipulated. It makes me actually pretty sad that the show has given you that impression, because he’s by far one of the strongest characters, from the standpoint of holding up justice no matter the cost. Actual book quote:
"Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He’ll break before he bends."
And I think that pretty perfectly explains what Stannis is about. Davos saved his life at the siege of Storms End (and the lives of many more) but, because he had once committed crimes as a smuggler, he took four of his fingers. I think that example sums up what Stannis is about. As the series goes on, some of his ideas of justice have to bend a bit (I’m looking at you Jon Snow, potential heir to Winterfell), but overall Stannis remains who he is. He knows that it his rightful duty to be king, and he will do what he must in order to achieve that.
Melisandre does influence him, and sometimes manipulate him, sure, but no where near the extent to which she does in the show. In the scene in the last episode, they burned Florent (Selyse’s brother) and other important political figures at Dragonstone because they are infidels. In the books, Axel Florent is burned because he sent a negotiation letter to Joffrey, to try and make peace between them. Stannis, of course, will never make peace - HE’LL BREAK BEFORE HE BENDS - so what Florent has done is treason, and needs to be punished. Now THAT’S in character, and is not simply done because Melisandre pushed him into it. She’s certainly important to the decisions he makes (especially because her red god magic does visibly work sometimes), but he also listens to Davos, and he also sometimes just does what he thinks is right.
Reasons why Stannis would be a bomb ass king: He is the only king in Westeros to respond to Castle Black’s plea for help. This is HUGE. The others is probably the biggest threat that the kingdoms are facing right now, and Stannis is the only one who seems to care. He understands that ruling isn’t about glory or a throne or any of that other crap, but about straight up protecting the people who can’t protect themselves. More than that, he believes strongly in justice and, even though that would make for some pretty harsh leadership, it would be fair and honest. There would be none of this decadent overspending that you get under Robert and the Lannisters. Of the contenders for the Iron Throne right now, he’d definitely do the best at ruling - not to mention, that he is in fact the rightful king.
“Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one’s body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged. ” - Professor Slughorn
The Magic Begins: Favourite (canon) ship/couple
↳ Lily and James Potter
Female character meme: A lead female character.
Kate Beckett, Castle
me, i’m just a guy in an iron suit. but i always wanted to be more.
yo SEASON 3 IS MY FAVOURITE LOTS OF ANGST JUST HOW WE LIKE IT
I HATE YOU!!!!
YOU WITH YOUR STUPID SUGGESTIONS ON SHOWS I SHOULD WATCH AND FICS I SHOULD READ ARE GONNA BE THE END OF ME
honestly, I would die happy now, knowing I’ve made one of my friends go /siriusly/ crazy over Jily and now she’s loving Castle and let’s face it, she’s gonna go crazy after season 3 so yeah, I’m a happy person :)
mmm anon, do you mind making another question? I chose between Neville and Luna and my answer was Luna, so I’ve already made a graphic of her, and since my answer to your question is Luna too… well, I just want to make graphics about different characters :)
you should hear me cackling rn, i win at life xD
i hate u i mean kate beckett or lily potter what the fuck???
also don’t even make me talk about james or sirius lmao (i don’t think i’ll make that, i mean i already made a sirius and james graphics for other questions, so i’m putting this one at the end, and you already know the answer so yeah lol)
mez knows the right questions