Ever since reading adwd the conversation between Roose Bolton and Theon Greyjoy about Domeric, Ramsay, ... stuck with me. Because it reveals so much about Roose. -this dude suprisingly cares. 1) he obviously loved Domeric. 2) He obviously has come to care about his wife. 3) He knows what Ramsay is but can't bring himself to completely give up on him for a number of reasons. -To use an exagerration this guy suffers from depression. --> Until that conversation i believed Roose to be a realist, a cold-hearted strategist. And to a certain extent that is still true. It really depends on your point of view. I myself now categorise him as a negativist. One who imagines the most negative outcome and goes from there. I believe it to stem from the death of Domeric. Who i believe was a counterbalance to Roose natural predilection. Take his viewpoint of future children for example. he believes he will not grow old enough to see them reach adulthood therefore thinking it a good thing that ramsay will kill them. This guy is probably around 40-45. Take in mind Walder Frey, and you acn't help but think chances are his reasoning his wrong. Sure the North is a harsher place and all that. Still to say you won't live to see 60... This natural negativity that has become Roose mindset is important because it sheds light on his actions. As he himself stated the moment the ironmen took the north he believed Robb's cause to have died. Maybe so, maybe not. As we know Robb had a plan. And whilst Robb botched everything else, his military plans where always topknotch. Not too mention that adwd once more revealed just how vast the north is, just how much the land itself is a natural aide to the inhabitants of the north itself.