Hi! In the Pink Letter why would Ramsay want Val, and the wildling prince?
cont. also, why would he assume Jon has Theon?”
(spoilers for TWOW)
Hiya! I think Ramsay wants Val and the babe to torture/murder in front of Mance, as is his heinous wont. As for Theon…in his released TWOW chapter, Stannis learns (thanks to Jon) that Arnolf Karstark is a Bolton catspaw. After arresting the treacherous Arnolf and his kin, Stannis says two very interesting things: that he plans on personally winning the ~400 Karstark soldiers to his side anyway, and that he’s planning on faking his death.
“In Braavos you may hear that I am dead. It may even be true.”
I think those two plans are connected: after defeating Hosteen Frey thanks to the thin ice, Stannis will send the Karhold men to Winterfell ahead of the rest of his army. There, they’ll tell Ramsay that they turned on and killed Stannis according to plan, and present Lightbringer (given to them by Stannis) as proof, which is why Ramsay says he has Stannis’ “magic sword.”
But! What do they say when he inevitably asks about Jeyne and Theon? Since Stannis is indeed sending Jeyne to Castle Black, I’m betting he ordered the Karholders to tell Ramsay that Theon went along as well. Thus, Ramsay thinks both “my bride” and “my Reek” are with Jon, and so sends the Pink Letter…right before the Karstark men open Winterfell’s gates to their king, Big Walder betrays Ramsay to Stannis, and the Bastard is given to his dogs.
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.