“Let me tell you something about wolves, child. When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. Summer is the time for squabbles. In winter, we must protect one another, keep each other warm, share our strengths. So if you must hate, Arya, hate those who would truly do us harm. Septa Mordane is a good woman, and Sansa… Sansa is your sister. You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts. You need her, as she needs you… and I need both of you, gods help me." He sounded so tired that it made Arya sad. "I don’t hate Sansa,” she told him. “Not truly.”
The words gave her a chill, as they always did. The Stark words. Every noble house had its words. Family mottoes, touchstones, prayers of sorts, they boasted of honor and glory, promised loyalty and truth, swore faith and courage. All but the Starks. Winter is coming, said the Stark words. Not for the first time, she reflected on what a strange people these northerners were.
tell me where it says: “the starks are well-intentioned but bumbling.”
tell me where it says: “the starks are good people.”
tell me where it says: “the starks are too honorable for their own good.”
these motherfuckers will kill you and smear your blood on a tree if it means protecting their people from encroaching forces–winter, evil, opposing armies (sometimes all three).
“winter is coming” means they are prepared to do what is necessary to survive. it means they are prepared for the worst.
so when i see buzzfeed-esque quizzes where the stark result looks like this:
“The good news is, you’re a thoroughly decent human being. The bad news is, that is a very dangerous thing to be in Westeros. You are loyal, dutiful, and generally ill at ease among the toxic politics of King’s Landing. Either buckle down and learn to play the game, or get the hell out into more hospitable environments. The North may be freezing, but it also has notably less backstabbing which, bless your little heart, is not exactly your strong suit.”
YOU ARE NOT DESCRIBING A HOUSE THAT SURVIVED 8000 YEARS OF WINTER AND DRAGONS AND GIANT ICE SPIDERS AND SOUTHRON CULTURE. you are describing ned stark. the least starkly stark who ever starked across the pages of ice and fire. the end.