George RR Martin on Ned Stark's MistakeJun 06, 2021
Ned Stark is a very honorable man, you know when there are certain things that bother him and one of them is the murder of children. This caused a rift between him and Robert during the rebellion when King's Landing fell and the Lannister men killed the prince. rhaegar's two young sons and wrapped small bodies and cloaks and presented them to robert. Ned was disgusted by this and quarreled with Robert about it when he learned of the incest between Cersei and Jaime and deduced that, as John Aaron did before him, the queen's three children, none of them are fathered by Robert, Ned knows. that if he tells this to robert robert's anger will be unlimited, i mean, cersei will certainly die jaime will probably die but also the children will die robert will kill these three children these these uh, illegitimate children and it will be a repeat of the nightmare he remembers of the fall of King's Landing and his honor and decency led him to meet with Cersei and tell her what he learned and warn her to leave King's Landing to take the children and flee because Robert's wrath will follow them to the ends of the earth. land, but it's the only way he sees that she can save those three children of hers, so it's an honorable thing, but of course in terms of pure power politics and cunning it's foolish to make the hand is the prime minister he he's the king's chief advisor he speaks for the king in the king's voice when the king is unavailable um he's the king's chief advisor when when the council meets and all of that robert has depended on john aaron his kind of surrogate father during all these years but now john aaron is dead and he has to find a new hand and ned
starkis the man his childhood friend trusts most, the comrade who fought alongside him in the war, but who is far removed from the King's Landing intrigues, I mean, Robert could have much more easily chosen a current council member.
He could have turned to his brother Stannis. He could have turned to one of the Lannisters. Lord Tywin, for example, who was the mad king's hand for many years and was very qualified, a very strong and competent hand, could have turned to him, he could have turned to Jaime Lannister, which is what Cersei wants, her queen. wants, he doesn't. he wants any of those people he doesn't trust, none of those people he loves, ned, who he trusted, who he grew up with, who helped him win the throne, but of course, by selecting ned, he's making enemies elsewhere among the people he's not targeting, so that begins. many things, the rolling lady is sentenced to die, but it is Ned who is in charge of doing it because of the spirit of the Starks who says that the man who passes for Satan must wield the sword, you know he is not going to give his. wolf daughters to any of the Lannisters to kill him he will do it himself with as much compassion as he is, it is a difficult task but if it has to be done he will do it so it says something about him and of course that scene.
He also says something about Robert and that's sinister, I think Robert doesn't confront Cersei in that scene when she demands you know that the lady was completely innocent of the whole incident, but she is being a little vindictive and Robert is giving in . she is in front of him and that gives you, I think, an indication of the character. Robert likes that kind of conflict too. Robert likes the type of conflict that he can win by hitting his opponent with a war hammer, but he doesn't like that type of conflict. verbal arguments fighting and back and forth and that kind of stuff just drives him crazy he just wants it all over with, okay, you want me to not care about that, do it, let's stop this, you know how rigid he is, thousands of years they have governed.
The North dates back to the mists of time, but for the past 300 years they have only been lords, subordinate to the Iron Throne when Aegon the Conqueror arrived and conquered most of the southern kingdoms. Tauren Stark had arrived in the south with a large army. of the Northmen to face him, but after the field of fire he knew that he was doomed and that is why he knelt and was the last king of the North and the first who was simply lord of Winterfell and vassal of the iron throne ruling like an ace. a secondary ruler subject to the laws of the targaryens but that was only 300 years ago before you have thousands of years of history in which the
starks were kings at the time of the scene we are talking about the targaryens were deposed . it was the house in which niltu the targaryens the baratheons were effectively deposed because robert is dead and the new king joffrey is not in fact his heir but his pure lannister and the lords of the north and the lords of the riverlands who are present at the same time, who are allied with Robb Stark by virtue of his mother and that entire bloodline of House Tully.
I don't see why they should be subject to this Lannister king. Why make peace and be lord again? Why not go back to being the separate kingdom again, so they hail Rob as the king in the north and he becomes the first, the first Stark, to wear a crown in 300 years.
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