Powerful and unsettling, but seemed to break its own rules
I thought Martin made it pretty clear that once you start bleeding from the eyes, there’s no saving you. So I thought one of these scenarios would likely happen:
(1) They would wait too long, the boy would die, then he would have to choose between the wife and the daughter (and agonize over how he should have just killed the boy earlier, saving them).
(2) When the eye-bleeding started, he would quickly try to get “credit” for killing the boy, but it would be too late and he’d have to go back to the dilemma in #1.
(3) The eye-bleeding would start, and he would kill his daughter or wife in hopes that it would save the boy, but it would not.
So I was surprised, first, when he started playing spin the wheel as to whom to kill, given that I thought killing the son wouldn’t work; and then when he did kill the son but it DID work.
(I was also surprised that the wife never got paralyzed, but that at least didn’t directly violate any previously stated rule.)