In Game of Thrones Season 4 finale, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) made a move north, showing up at the Wall with his fancy new army to rescue the Seven Kingdoms from the Wildlings. Now that he is in a new setting (one for which he is not properly dressed), what awaits Stannis in Season 5?
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Stannis should have a big year in Season 5 if all goes according to the books. Go Stannis the Man(nis)!
Drama at the Wall. First, Stannis sets up shop at the Wall with all of his men, which leads to some strain with the Night’s Watch... especially when he starts negotiating with the Wildlings. Stannis needs supporters, so he figures he might as well let the Wildlings settle in the uninhabited regions of the North in exchange for their fealty to him. Not a plan everyone in the Night's Watch loves, as you might guess.
Stannis, Jon, and Northern politics. Stannis should have quite a bit of interaction with Jon Snow (Kit Harington). In the books, Stannis offers to legitimize Jon as a Stark, which would make him Lord of Winterfell. Jon could then use this status to throw the North behind Stannis’ cause, which Stannis desperately needs. However, Jon refuses Stannis’ offer and instead becomes the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, forcing Stannis to look for other ways to gain support in the North.
Stannis sends Davos to White Harbor to try and get support from House Manderly, one of the more powerful Northern Houses. Stannis also gets some help from Jon, who instructs Stannis to seek the support of the mountain clans of the North, since they’ve been ignored by the Boltons, and to retake the Northern castle Deepwood Motte from the Ironborn with their aid.
Stannis follows Jon’s advice, gaining more support in the North before heading to his ultimate destination: Winterfell, which he wants to retake from the Boltons. We’re guessing this is where we leave Stannis in Season 5: waiting to invade Winterfell, which is the same spot we’re currently left with him in the books (come on, Winds of Winter!).
Do you think the show will cover all this plot in Season 5, or will it slow things down? Share your theories in the comments below!