That's what it seems like. Honestly, there wouldn't be so many Lannisters in high positions in the kingdom if Robert wasn't so incompetent. I remember him actually commenting on this briefly before his death. He was a great fighter, and he seemed like a fun guy in his youth, but getting down to business? Ruling like Stannis and Robb seem ready to do? Not so much.
Although I'm sure in the long Targareyn reign one of them was bound to be an idiot, wasn't the general consensus that at the end of the day Robert Baratheon was kind of an idiot and a pretty bad king who didn't really know what he was doing? Not a blubbering moron like his "son" or anything, but just not exceptionally competent - bankrupting the kingdom, concentrating on feasts and tourneys and whores, surrounding himself with sycophants, etc. At heart, Robert wasn't an evil or vicious man, but he was a pretty shitty king.
I don't know how clear that was to the smallfolk looking on, but considering how people talk, there was probably at least an inkling that Robert wasn't the best king.
Alfie Allen is a boss. Theon can DIAF. Guess the Greatjon was right, the meat in Winterfell is bloody tough. Way to let him have it on the way out, Ser Cassel. I understand and hear all the things that have been said about how Theon's at heart a tragic character, but I also agree that that's as far as it goes. You mourn what he could have been, but there's no way to endorse what he is. Where's the guy who promised Robb his sword from this day until his last day?
Emilia Clarke is a boss. Dany needs a time out or something, lol. She's a Targaryen through and through at this point, but it seems like she could be better than that. Still, seeing her now gives a greater understanding of Viserys. We've seen people talking down to her, snickering at her and such, and you get the feeling that Viserys got that pretty much all the time, from what we saw of him. I sure hope we're not going to get a "That was all I wanted" moment with Dany down the road, that was hard enough to watch with a guy I hated.
Oh, Snow. Oh you. SMH. This will not end well. Although with the moves Ygritte was pulling, if I was a teenager who had taken a celibacy vow it'd be hard for me to remember the smart or right thing to do too. Quorin was totally testing him, and he gets an F, as he is wont to do.
Speaking of wildling women, Osha. Man, the clubs up in the North must be something else. I loved how Theon was so flustered in the scene but was totally trying to play it cool.
Robb/Talisa doesn't bug me as much as it could, I guess because Cat broke that up with a quickness. And Robb's awesome otherwise, such as when he was promising to give all the fans a love letter in the form of Theon's head, without the pesky burden of his body along with it.
dizzyd, I noted how deliberately Tywin said "girl" in front of Littlefinger. On the other hand, he's definitely the most heroic character with influence right now, which...is a sad, sad commentary on Westeros.
Edited by DigiKing, May 7, 2012 @ 10:23 PM.