Is pre-Blackwater Stannis worthy of the Iron Throne? I feel like all of Stannis’ worst qualities outweighed his good ones before his “cart before the horse” moment

I discuss this in my chapter-by-chapter essays: Prologue ACOK Stannis would not be a good king:

“…at this point in ACOK, Stannis would be a terrible king. Focused on his past to the exclusion of his present, on his personal injuries rather than the well-being of his subjects, inflexible and suspicious, a second King Maekar who himself ruled a brief time and died unhappily.”


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