With Season 3 of Game of Thrones a rapidly fading memory, it’s now time to turn our attention to what may lie ahead in Season 4. Since GoT is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, we can make some good guesses about how the story will play out next season, at least in broad strokes. Here are our predictions about what's coming up for the least charismatic Baratheon brother, Stannis, based on the latter half of A Storm of Swords.
Warning: This article contains MAJOR spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Click away now if you don't want to know!
Disclaimer: Of course, the show may cut plot elements or even completely alter Stannis's story. These are spoilers based on the books only.
Stannis Becomes Awesome. That’s not a misprint. We predict Season 4 to be the year when people who aren't fans yet begin rooting for Stannis. Why, you ask? Well, remember that letter that Davos presents to Stannis in the Season 3 finale? The one from the Night’s Watch asking for help?
Well, it turns out that out of all the Lords of Westeros who received that letter, Stannis is the only one who gives a damn. Mance Rayder and his massive wildling army storm the Wall against a seriously overwhelmed Night’s Watch contingency and it looks like it will only be a matter of time before they win — until Stannis and his army show up out of nowhere and thoroughly decimate them. It’s awesome, and we’ll all be chanting STAN-NIS! STAN-NIS! STAN-NIS! Just wait.
Stannis Sets Up Shop At The Wall. After he saves the Wall and the Night’s Watch from the wildlings, Stannis gets comfy in his new digs. He and his men (and Melisandre, of course) stay there and form an uneasy alliance with the Night’s Watch. Stannis has Mance Rayder taken prisoner, and plans to burn him as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. He also thinks it’s a good idea to let some wildlings through the Wall to settle the uninhabited areas of the North, as long as they pledge fealty to him.
Stannis Makes Jon Snow An Offer He Can’t Refuse. But he refuses anyway. See, Stannis wants to get the North on his side in the war, and with Robb Stark dead, the North needs a new king anyway, so why not Stannis? As part of his plan, Stannis offers Jon Snow a deal: He will legitimize him (which only a king can do) making him Jon Stark, the rightful Lord of Winterfell. In return, Jon must declare for Stannis, the hope being that the rest of the North would follow. Makes sense, and Jon nearly does it, but then his honorable Starkiness gets the best of him and he informs Stannis that he is forever a man of the Night’s Watch.
Stannis Wants The Night’s Watch to Select A New Leader. With Lord Commander Mormont dead, there’s no one in charge of the Night’s Watch. Stannis is not a fan of the Night’s Watch being in limbo because he needs someone to negotiate with (or boss around). So he basically demands that they select a new lord commander, and since he has way more men than they do, they pretty much have to do what he says. They vote, and choose Jon Snow (thanks to some clever maneuvering by Sam), and Stannis is not very happy because now Jon is definitely not going to become Lord of Winterfell.
That’s pretty much it for Stannis, though we would expect the show to insert a lot of scenes between him and Jon Snow and really stretch out the drama of Jon’s decision (even though we all know what he’ll decide to do — Starks, so predictable). It's also possible they'll include more of his journey North, instead of having it all happen off screen like in the book.
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