Elessar wrote:I don't know why Stanley might be pushing Parson's buttons, but demoting him and replacing him with someone that everyone recently hated is an obvious power ploy. Stanley's reasserting authority by showing everyone who's boss, and of course he's expecting resistance. Given how easily Parson goes along with a decision that is strategically poor, and outright demeaning, Stanley's confusion is absolutely expected.
Stanley was not confused when Parson accepted the demotion: his only reaction was a more genuine smile. Stanley became confused when Parson stopped Maggie's rant. That's one of the things I
DunkelMentat wrote:I think the picture at the end of the 8th summer update said a thousand words. Look at the side of Stanley's face, at his eyebrow - he's afraid of Parson and for good reason.
I don't know; it might make sense for Stanley to fear Parson, but his behavior still doesn't seem consistent to me.
Stanley starts out trying to be magnanimous, though he seems to be slightly thrown off when Parson keeps talking about the cost of the battle instead. He tries very gently to break it to Parson that he's making Ansom Chief Warlord. When Parson agrees to this, Stanley seems genuinely happier. When Maggie calls him on how stupid the plan is, he becomes quietly
menacing (very unlike, IMHO, the way he responded when he felt threatened by Wanda's new status). But when Parson makes good on his acceptance, he becomes surprised and disbelieving.
The only way I can make sense of that is if Stanley is firmly back in Pointy-Haired Boss mode: the clueless moron so wrapped up in his own logic that he barely notices how little it has to do with the world around him. Otherwise, I can't understand why Stanley would be happy when Parson agrees to a plan, yet be surprised when he finds out Parson actually supports the plan he agreed to.