After the assault, it was promptly evident that Stannis had decided. Sending Ser Davos on an impetuous mission to secure stallions and supplies from the drained powers at Castle Black was so not so subtle a reason that Davos scarcely even professed to trust it. His last farewell to Shireen while she was perusing The Dance of Dragons (paging Frankie Foreshadowing on that one, coincidentally) put on a show of being only that, finish with a blessing he may have known very well indeed she’d never have the opportunity to completely appreciate.
Towards the start of season 5’s penultimate scene, “The Dance of Dragons,” Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) is clarifying the book of the same name to Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), her dad’s last legitimate consultant. Amid a war between Targaryen groups, a knight chose to attempt to trick a mythical serpent by utilizing his shield as a mirror. However, as Davos wisely surmises, “the mythical beast saw an imbecilic man with a cleaned shield, and smoldered him to a fresh.” It’s a fitting illustration for an exceptionally miserable scene of “Session of Thrones” that is about individuals reaching the end of the dreams that have guided them, and perceiving the inconceivable possibility of inconsistencies they’ve been attempting to support — infrequently at absolutely unpleasant expense.