In the A Song of Ice and Fire series, why doesn't Ramsay Bolton try to take the Iron Throne for himself? He could use his treachery to his advantage and mostly certainly have a chance of winning by playing by his own rules. Especially after Tywin’s death, the Lannisters wouldn't stand a chance. It seems like a real failed opportunity.

  • Cos he doesn’t really have the manpower and who’s to say he doesn’t have intentions of trying to take it? – TheLethalCarrot Dec 14 '18 at 21:07
  • But why Ramsay? Surely it would be his father, Roose to be trying to attempt first? – Skooba Dec 14 '18 at 21:37
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    The bastard son of the lord of a lesser house who doesn't even have the full support of his own region with absolutely no legitimate claim to the throne can expect to have a very difficult time taking the crown. Perhaps sometime, but not soon. – svenvo7 Dec 15 '18 at 2:27

One step at a time now...

Currently the Boltons, specifically Roose, is looking to make himself King in the North (or so is suspected).

"Truth be told," she said, "Lord Bolton aspires to more than mere lordship. Why not King of the North? Tywin Lannister is dead, the Kingslayer is maimed, the Imp is fled. The Lannisters are a spent force, and you were kind enough to rid him of the Starks. Old Walder Frey will not object to his fat little Walda becoming a queen. White Harbor might prove troublesome should Lord Wyman survive this coming battle … but I am quite sure that he will not. No more than Stannis. Roose will remove both of them, as he removed the Young Wolf. Who else is there?"

A Dance with Dragons - The Prince of Winterfell

The Game of Thrones is long one to play... and at this point while Boltons may have enough strength to take the North they would not be able to march on Kings Landing.

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