Second, Lannister’s politics appears: The handsome prince is fucking his queen sister behind the Baratheon king’s back: Incest, adultery, lèse-majesté, & perhaps treason; & murder, when he defenestrates Stark’s young boy.
Indebted to Lannister, the king has better reasons than he knows to bring into the capital his last loyal lord. He fears war is coming. Battle scares him less than his illegitimacy & usurpation. He won the Iron Throne after rallying Stark & other houses to fight the mad Targaryen king. Stark & he won the battles; the handsome Lannister prince assassinated the king, whose guard he commanded. This victory is unconsummated.
Stark is the new king’s last best warrior, a harsh Northern man, burdened by his new power. He fears necessity as he hates injustice. He loves justice & therefore involves himself in the kingdom’s politics. – His family & crest show the dire wolf. It is a pelt on their shoulders, showing they kill & keep warm. & a family of dire wolves whose mother they find slain; the bastard urges them to adopt the pups. You cannot domesticate them, just secure their loyalties, if you can; they are wolf & dog; harsh men much need of them, who commit horror unflinchingly, taught by necessity. Men must learn not to hesitate; & not to be deceived.
Two attacks occur. The first, on Stark’s boy: his wolf saves him & kills the assassin. The second, on Stark’s young daughter: Her wolf saves her from the queen’s hysterical boy. She has wit enough to banish the wolf, but another is murdered in his place. In the first case, the wilderness won; in the second, intrigue disguised as law.
Corruption spreads quickly, engulfing even the edge of the world. Now the Stark family is divided: The father leaves for the capital; the bastard for the wilderness, to be a ranger; the young boy is crippled; the daughter to be married to the Lannisters. The mother soon leaves herself; & her youngest daughter is now in the south. Perhaps less justice would have made them happy & kept them together.
In the wilderness, the bastard asks the dwarf why he reads. The dwarf prince says his brother has his sword, whereas he has his mind. The one requires a whetstone; the other, books. Force & fraud appear as the means to political ends. Force dwells with necessity; deception denies it; – thus freedom emerges. But force ties men to the wild; deception – to the human beings. We have seen deceptious women, but not men; servants, but not masters; they seem to hide their deceit behind the laws, but in the wilderness the laws seem the true deception: The wilderness separates speeches & deeds.