« on: June 15, 2015, 04:51 PM »
After Brienne's past failures I cannot see her being merciful to Stannis. She was devoted to and loved Renly, even if he would never return her overtures. Only Brienne and Catelyn Stark saw the Shadow creature kill Renly. She was the only one left alive who could attest to that. Considering that she was suspected of killing Renly herself, I can totally see her finally keeping her oath to herself with Oathkeeper by finally dispatching Stannis. And after all of the tragedy that has befallen Stannis because of his ambition? The horrific death of his daughter Shireen, his wife Selyse taking her own life because of her overwhelming grief, followed by the annihilation of his army. I think Stannis probably welcomed death.
The one point about Jon Snow that needs to be taken into account is just how much like Ned Stark he really is. Jon came close to leaving the Night's Watch in that first season. But he came to the realization that he was duty bound to the Watch. Despite his mission to infiltrate the Wildlings, he's been devoted to the Night's Watch. When Stannis offered to legitimize him so that Jon Snow might become Jon Stark and assist in the taking of Winterfell, Jon passed. He stayed with the Watch to do his duty.
If the speculation is true about Jon Snow and his true parentage, then it seems that he has a larger role to play. And since he knows the secret of what Valyrian Steel can do to the White Walkers, he seems even more important now. But Jon needed to be released from his vows to the Night's Watch. And the only way that can happen is by his own death.
As for Dany and the Dothraki? It's interesting. The Dothraki largely abandoned her after the death of Drogo. And only her blood riders remained. I suspect that the Dothraki are not pleased with Danaerys. But now that she's the Mother of Dragons? I can see her winning over the Dothraki, perhaps with a little help from Drogon.
I have to wonder about why the story of the Ironborn was completely excised from the show. Unless of course they're going to come into play next season in an effort to get Danaerys and her army across the Narrow Sea.