Season 6 Episode 5 Spoilers

I believed kin-slaying in Game of Thrones is a big sin in the North. And all the Northerners respect guest right and see kin-slaying as a big crime. However in Season 6 Episode 5 ("The Door"), Euron publicly accepts that he killed his brother, still he got selected as King by Kingsmoot and after that he says "lets kill my niece and nephew".

Shouldn't the other Iron Islanders have opposed him? Or are Iron Islanders' customs different from the rest of the North in that regard?

Update:- Kin-slaying means killing your own kin/family. Not to be confused with kingslaying means killing your useless king.

  • Perhaps Euron will fill the roll Quentyn did in the books.....
    – Skooba
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 13:03
  • @Skooba why not just the role that Victarion plays?
    – kuhl
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 15:07
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    Small point of contention. The Iron Islands are a distinct kingdom, NOT a part of the North.
    – kuhl
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 15:08
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    @EricTowers Jamie Lannister fits both those titles :P Commented May 25, 2016 at 9:48
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    No need for "-' in Kinslaying
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 11:05

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The Ironlanders are a little different than the rest of the westerners in that they believe to truly deserve something, you need to have paid "the iron price".

In this case, the Ironlanders would have responded positively for a few reasons:

  • The current king was not really doing anything special and they were being viewed as weak which would have been insulting to them.
  • Euron saw this and did what he thought needed to be done, hence paying "the iron price" by seeing something that he wanted and seizing it.
  • The other 2 options for "king" were not really seen to be desirable, one being a woman and the other someone they viewed as a weak, traitorous eunuch.
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    On the other hand, Euron suggests they hand a zillion ships to Daenerys without her ever having to pay an iron price - something perhaps even more humiliating than bending the knee, and gets a lot of applause. Hmmph.
    – einpoklum
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 16:13
  • @einpoklum They are not complete oafs I think. They acknowledge the power dragons have. Isn't that why the Targaryens were the first house to which the Ironborn bent the knee?
    – goelakash
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 17:59
  • @einpoklum I'd say fire and blood is the ultimate iron price.
    – kuhl
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 18:24
  • Westerners? Who are those? Did you mean "Westerosi"?
    – svick
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 18:35
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    I think it is completely out-of-cultural-character for the Iron-Born to: 1. Use other people to do their fighting for them 2. Put their ships at the disposal of other people 3. Base their political plans on offering dowries for marriage. 4. View a political alliance with a distant ruler in Essos, even if it results in a conquest of Westeros, as an exciting achievement.
    – einpoklum
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 8:50

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