Taken in 1976, two of Jamaica’s own musical all-stars–Cindy Breakspeare and beau Bob Marley–can be seen enjoying what seems to be a pristine day at the beach. The two would go on to have Damien Marley, a popular musician today, two years later. (via One Fine Musical Couple)
What kind of King do you think Baelor Breakspear would've made?
I do honestly think he could have been one of the top kings in Westeros. Baelor had the best of all worlds. He understood institutional politics, and he was able to use pragmatic means to achieve idealistic ends. He provided a positive example and encouraged everyone to strive to reach it. He genuinely looked to getting people invested in the success of Westeros as a whole, as a pot of plenty for all who participated in to share, and discouraged partisan factionalism. He never forgot his duty and was committed to truth and justice. He had his father’s peace-seeking nature without his disregard, his brother’s strength and commitment to duty without his personal hostility.
Now, I’m sure he would have had his mistakes, and the Great Spring Sickness and the drought that followed after certainly would have taxed any king’s ability, even Baelor’s, but I think he would have handled it better than Aerys, and that’s not nothing.
Which is the best marriage in terms of success, politics, and love match?
Well, in terms of success and politics, Baelor Breakspear’s marriage to Jena Dondarrion was probably the best. The marriage brought the Stormlands on the side of the Reds and undoubtedly saved Daeron II’s bacon in the First Blackfyre Rebellion. I’m not sure how loving it was, but Baelor seemed like a decent chap.
Was Baelor Breakspear's defense of Dunk in the trial of seven purely motivated by the rules of chivalry and Baelor's own idealism? Or do you think Baelor was, at least to some extent, being a wily politician out to court the favor of the smallfolk as well as do some damage control in the wake of Brightflame's brutality? Having a Targaryen on each side plays better with the optics of an event that will be replayed and hashed over in every tavern and inn in the seven kingdoms. Big fan of the blog!
If Baelor doesn’t step forward, the trial never happens, and 99% of Westeros never hears about the incident, so no, I think Baelor stepped forward because it was the right thing to do.