Yeah, it's pretty amazing alright. I'd like to add Davos' first chapter in ASOS when he thinks about his dead sons - I reread it yesterday and was surprised by how emotional I found it. "Why should I live? he thought as tears blurred his vision. Gods be good, why? My sons are dead, Dale and Allard, Maric and Matthos, perhaps Devan as well. How can a father outlive so many strong young sons? How would I go on? I am a hollow shell, the crab's died, there's nothing left inside. Don't they know that? [...] The father protects his children, the septons taught, but Davos had let his boys into the fire. Dale would never give his wife the child they had prayed for, and Allard, with his girl in Oldtown and his girl in King's Landing, and his girl in Braavos, they would all be weeping soon. Matthos would never captain his own ship, as he'd dreamed. Maric would never have his knighthood".