“My life was never just one story; it was many stories. To some, a villain. I hurt people in ways I can never make up for. To others, I’m a hero. They see my strength, my ability to do the hard things even when I thought I couldn’t.”
“Free folk don’t follow names, or little cloth animals sewn on a tunic,” the King-Beyond-the-Wall had told him. “They won’t dance for coins, they don’t care how you style yourself or what that chain of office means or who your grandsire was. They follow strength. They follow the man.”
The feather at the end of the last Snow Queen scene was a black feather, and black feathers apparently are a reminder of the protection of your angels, and a signal that spiritual wisdom and magic are accessible by you within.