What would Ned’s long term game plan have been with Theon? Would have have stayed at winterfell for ever? Was there any rules or conventions about situations with child hostages? If Balon had died while Theon was a child what would happen?

  1. Primary goal is to keep Balon peaceable. Secondary goal is to make Theon a loyal subject; probably would try to wed him to a Northerner so that he wouldn’t make war on his in-laws.
  2. Rules varied, but it was pretty rare for a hostage to spend their entire life in captivity. 
  3. Ned, in consultation with Robert, would appoint a regent. 

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