I listened to the conference call between Roy of Tron and some of the witnesses.
It seemed that they may have been willing to negotiate taking down their witnesses in return for a 1 month power down change in the code. This is something that was already being considered before Tron came onto the scene.
Roy’s stance may have been a smokescreen. The witnesses explained that a hard fork would take longer to execute than the 13 weeks a power down would take.
Most of the meeting was polite and congenial but some participants are too bellicose for such meetings.