Originally Posted by The_Yearning
After finishing a Storm of Swords I have to say the show is really depicting Stannis as an idiot that can't think for himself without the Red Lady...
IMO Stannis isn't a very well like character until he ends up at a certain place. I like the show version of Stannis, the scene where he's writing his letter about the Jaime Lannister and makes sure the Maester calls him "Ser" and also makes sure that he doesn't say that he loved Robert because it was a lie, sums him up pretty well. Stannis relied on both Mel and Davos in the book.