|The Night's Watch, by ~0KiWi0 via deviantART|
Jon looks younger in this illustration than I picture at this point in the books, but I just loved it so much that I couldn't help but use it. It's really the puff of breath that makes it for me, for some reason.
This is the penultimate chapter of the book (not counting the prologue) and Brendan is annoyed because he suggested that perhaps Jon could be Lord Commander and my poker face was so good that I somehow convinced him of the opposite. Nevertheless, this makes for an interesting development, although as Brendan notes it's not as much of a cliffhanger like the previous books have been. Personally, I was more intrigued by the notion of Jon as Lord Commander than any of the other cliffhangers, but that's just me. I have a soft spot for Jon. (HEY-O!)
So how will Jon break the news to Stannis, and what will Stannis do to try and unite the North without a Stark in Winterfell? It's interesting that Stannis doesn't seem that committed to R'hllor in his heart, but he's using the red god to justify Jon breaking his vows to the watch. Oh rationalization, how I love you.
Thanks for listening, everyone! See you tomorrow!