First off, I’ve been loving the The Wall scenes in Season 5. Since the Battle at Castle Black everything has been pretty action-packed up North. A big part of the Northern upswing has been the introduction of King Stannis around Castle Black. Like every other man of a certain age, Stannis has taken a liking to Jon Snow. Stannis’ previous guy crush, Davos, even tried to explain Stannis’ complex feelings for Jon like a tween flirting on behalf of their shy friend. Stannis even offered to legitimize Jon Snow by removing his bastard status and rechristening him as Jon Stark, Lord of Winterfell. A big part of his offer involved Jon getting revenge on the people who betrayed and murdered Robb and Catelyn Stark. The big problem here is that the Boltons and Freys aren’t the only responsible parties for the Red Wedding.
Back in Season 3, Melisandre used leeches to slurp up some of Gendry’s King’s blood. Stannis then threw those leeches into a fire and named the three people he thought were trying to rob him of his Kingdom. Since then 2 of the people Stannis cursed, Joffrey and Robb, have died. Stannis took no part in the planning or execution of the Red Wedding, but did this fire magic seal Robb’s fate? I doubt that Jon Snow would have so much “respect” for King Stannis if he knew about his previous leech experiments.
Season 5 Stannis is a softer, more gentle monarch that everybody can get behind. (as long as your name isn’t Mance Rayder) He’s even sweet enough to teach remedial medieval grammar.
The Season 5 plot so far has been setting up Stannis vs The Boltons. Even Littlefinger is backing the valiant Stannis to show up and free the North from the flayed clutches of the Boltons. It just seems like in order to set this up, Stannis’ role in Robb Stark’s death has been completely swept under the rug. Its interesting to see how the producers are choosing which evil actions are “truly evil” in order to tell the story that they want to tell.