Jon clasped the offered hand. The words of his oath rang through his head. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. And for him a new refrain: I am the guard who opened the gates and let the foe march through. He would have given much and more to know that he was doing the right thing. But he had gone too far to turn back.

  • Stannis:Consistently fair and reasonable (Giving up Dragonstone to Renly at Robert's command, offering peace with Renly and offering to name Renly his heir, offering freedom to the Free Folk, knighting Ser Davos and taking his fingers, burnings notwithstanding)
  • Stannis:Explicitly shown to truly love his daughter
  • Stannis:Best claimant to the throne, oldest living legitimate heir to King Robert Baratheon
  • Stannis:Only claimant to the throne to seriously consider threat of the White Walkers, and consider the justice and the laws of the land
  • Stannis:Tried and tested battle commander
  • Stannis:Explicitly shown as still having doubts about the Lord of Light
  • Stannis:Seriously, the only fucking claimant to the Iron Throne who sees the White Walkers as a real threat
  • GoT writers:So... This guy is the bad guy, right?
  • GoT writers:Meh let's just make him evil and incompetent, and then send him meekly to his grave
  • GoT writers:Better make him fanatically murder his daughter at the first opportunity just before he dies too, despite this being completely out of character, otherwise people might sympathise with him, he needs less fans as it is
  • Stannis:...fewer...

The ruby at Melisandre’s throat gleamed red. “It is not those foes who curse you to your face that you must fear, but those who smile when you are looking and sharpen their knives when you turn your back. You would do well to keep your wolf close beside you. Ice, I see, and daggers in the dark. Blood frozen red and hard, and naked steel. It was very cold.
“It is always cold on the Wall.”
You think so?
“I know so, my lady.”
Then you know nothing, Jon Snow,” she whispered.

I am the blood of the dragon, not that I actually have dragon blood, cause that would be ridiculous, what I mean is my family is known for dragons, cause its my family’s sigil and we are known for riding them, plus the whole Valyria thing, which omg I just don’t want to get into, but its supposed to be edifying and intimidating I guess, cause I use it for everything I say, except when I’m not looking back cause I might get lost or something but that’s a completely different story, but anyway…
—  Daenerys Targaryen, A Dance with Dragons