I’ve been stuck for a while on some essays. So I decided to start some casual videos to explore some related topics. Here is the first, its about Mance’s ‘true’ mission. This retreads some ground from an earlier essay, but I think this format might reach or more effectively communicate some of those earlier ideas.
This video is hopefully the first of several to tackle small ideas about the north. Hope you like it.
NOTE: This will probably be incorporated into the Mannifesto at some point but for now I’m posting as a mostly self-contained piece.
This essay serves one purpose and one only:
To reveal the secret mission that was Mance Rayder’s true goal in the north during the events of A Dance with Dragons.
Explain the relevance of that mission on other aspects of the plot.
Explore significant implications of its discovery.
Let’s get straight to business then.
Is Mance Rayder a component of Stannis’s strategy to defeat the Boltons?
As I argue here, there is every reason to see that Stannis would fake Mance’s death to benefit his campaign. Further, there are several elements of Stannis’s larger strategy that seem haphazard and juvenile when taken at face value. These concerns are resolved if you come to the conclusion that Stannis and Mance must have been acting in concert. Continue reading