Fancast Meme: Eleven existing characters’ younger versions (8/11)
Garrett Hedlund as Stannis Baratheon
this fanart is amaze
Sadly, I don’t know the artist, I’ve found it on 4chan.
Maester Cressen tells young Stannis the story of Bloodraven and Maekar Targaryen.
“Why did King Aerys I choose his uncle to be his Hand, Maester?”
“Some say the king was bewitched by his uncle’s spells and lies. Do you remember what Brynden Rivers was also called?”
“Bloodraven, on account of the birthmark on his face and neck,” Stannis replied. “Was he truly a sorcerer?”
Maesters were not supposed to believe in magic, only in knowledge and truths that could be verified. Yet Cressen wondered about Bloodraven and his supposed powers. He truly wondered. He did not share his misgivings with the young boy under his charge, however.
“Those were merely stories told by his enemies and by those who found Lord Brynden a poor choice to be Hand of the King. Lord Brynden did make several controversial and ill-judged decisions as Hand. He ordered the smallfolks not to leave their land, even as they were starving because of a long drought, causing many to perish needlessly,” Cressen said.
“The smallfolks blamed him for the drought, didn’t they? They said it was a punishment from the Seven because Bloodraven was a kinslayer. But Maester, if the sin was Lord Bloodraven’s, why would the gods punish everyone else?” Stannis asked, frowning.
Other maesters would have called that question impertinent, but not Cressen. He smiled fondly at Stannis. The boy was curious and thoughtful, not content to simply accept the things told to him by others without questioning. “It was not a punishment from the gods, the drought was a natural cycle, like the coming of winter. But the kingdom was unprepared for it at that time, and no food had been stored beforehand,” Cressen told Stannis.
“King Aerys should have made his brother Maekar his Hand,” Stannis declared. “He turned out to be a good king later, Maekar Targaryen. I’m sure he would have been a good Hand as well, better than Lord Bloodraven.”
Maekar Targaryen had indeed expected to be appointed Hand of the King by his brother Aerys, and had retired to his residence at Summerhall in protest when their bastard uncle Bloodraven was appointed instead. He spent years sulking because of the slight, some said. Cressen did not think it wise to mention that to Stannis, considering Maekar Targaryen was Stannis’ great great grandfather.
“Well, it is for us to heed history and learn from the mistakes of our ancestors,” Cressen told the boy. Stannis nodded in agreement.
Game of Thrones meme: 1 king ⇒Stannis of the house Baratheon, first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men, lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm a.k.a The Lobster King
“Do you mock me to my face? Must I learn a king’s duty from an onion smuggler?”
“If I have offended, take my head. I’ll die as I lived, your loyal man. But hear me first. Hear me for the sake of the onions I brought you, and the fingers you took.”