#6 Stannis Baratheon – “The Iron Throne is mine by right. All those that deny that are my foes.”
Ringing us in at #6 is the Lord of Light himself, Lord Stannis Baratheon. For those of you who may not recall, Stannis is the eldest younger brother of the late King Robert. Stannis believes that his claim to the throne as Robert’s heir is the strongest of all. The last we see of Lord Stannis in GOT Season 2, he was defeated by the Lannisters in the Battle of the Blackwater, and he fled King’s Landing. In his last scene of the season, we see Lady Melisandre showing Lord Stannis a vision in the fire – one that we assume shows Stannis defeating Joffrey and sitting on the Iron Throne. So, my #6 most anticipated moment of GOT Season 3 is finding out Stannis’ plans for the future now that he has suffered a great loss.
I must admit, I am somewhat concerned with how Stephen Dillane will advance the character of Stannis. Right now, I’m afraid he’s quite two-dimensional. I can see why Renly believed that the people didn’t want Stannis as their king – he is cold, heartless, and dangerous. Stannis assisted in murdering his only living family, and he has shown little regret over this act. He mentions Renly’s demise following his defeat of King’s Landing, but it seems as if what he truly regrets is losing the battle, not murdering his brother. Audiences can look forward to the introduction of Stannis’ sick wife and daughter in Season 3, so that may help change our perceptions of Stannis.
Despite my concerns, I placed Stannis at #6 because his presence in Westeros is still very, very important. He is the only true remaining member of House Baratheon, and he knows the truth about Cersei and her children. Stannis has the potential to truly change the game in Westeros, and I can’t wait to see what he does with that power!
Questions to consider when you can’t sleep in anticipation of the premiere:
1. Will Stannis muster enough strength to attempt to take the Iron Throne again?
2. Or, as readers of the book are probably wondering, will Stannis find a new calling as the rightful King of Westeros?
3. Did Davos Seaworth survive the wildfire explosion?
4. How will the Red Priestess effect the whole scenario? Will she, as Renly’s true murderer, stake a claim to the Iron Throne?
5. Will we ever find out exactly what Melisandre showed Lord Stannis in the fire?
And perhaps the most important question:
6. Is it Sunday yet?