stannis baratheon seem like the kind of guy who would be like ‘that didn’t happen in the books’
Whether the Beach Scene in Walk of Punishment worked for you or not, it did serve to highlight one thing about Stannis that is very true to the books — he is an incredibly lonely person, and he believes everyone in his life will dismiss, reject, or abandon him at some point.
In the Prologue of A Clash of Kings, we meet Maester Cressen, who was the maester of Storm’s End when Stannis was a child. Interestingly, he followed Stannis when Stannis moved his household to Dragonstone after Robert’s Rebellion. During the occupation of Winterfell, Maester Luwin told Theon he served “the realm, and Winterfell,” and he also said “so long as you hold Winterfell, I am bound by oath to give you counsel.” Since maesters are sworn to a keep rather than a family, Cressen’s relocation was unusual, and was likely prompted by the fact that he considered Stannis a son.Stannis, my lord, my sad sullen boy, son I never had, you must not do this, don’t you know how I have cared for you, lived for you, loved you despite it all? Yes, loved you, better than Robert even, or Renly, for you were the one unloved, the one who needed me most.
Shortly before that passage, he quotes a letter Stannis’ father wrote from Volantis.We have found the most splendid fool. Only a boy, yet nimble as a monkey and witty as a dozen courtiers. He juggles and riddles and does magic, and he can sing prettily in four tongues. We have bought his freedom and hope to bring him home with us. Robert will be delighted, and perhaps in time he will even teach Stannis how to laugh.
He goes on to say that Patchface never did teach Stannis how to laugh, because he lost his wits in the shipwreck that killed Stannis’ parents.