“The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
Been trawling through your posts for hours now, utterly love them. Still looking, don't know if you may have touched this, but to defend Jon's fool charge to save Rickon, I've argued with my friends that he was exemplifying a Stark trait, (also seen in Rickard Stark @ King's Landing), where Starks will throw caution and reason to the wind to protect family. While it obviously doesn't work in the South, I had argued that it is a quality the North can, in some weird clannish way, rally around?