I think it's pretty clear at this point that Game of Thrones is really about Ned Stark's kids reuniting after being separated for so long. Now that Jon Snow's watch has (dramatically) ended, this might actually be possible. The timing is perfect, because one of the Starks may be in grave danger — will Jon Snow save Rickon on Game of Thrones ? It all depends on his next move.
Towards the end of Sunday's episode, a member of House Umber presented Ramsay Bolton with Osha and Rickon — who was last seen in Season 3, you guys. It's been a while. I know they say there must always be a Stark in Winterfell, but not like this! Sweet little Rickon just wants to eat nuts and run around in fields. He doesn't deserve to be tortured by the Boltons. Jon Snow better get there, and fast. Considering what Ramsay did to Sansa and Theon, this is not going to end well for the little Lord Stark unless someone intervenes.
Actually, I should give the kid credit. Maybe Rickon doesn't need to be saved. Perhaps this is all a set-up. Umber was pretty salty when addressing Ramsay, which was an odd play, and Rickon didn't seem sad at all to lose Shaggydog, his direwolf. I know that the youngest Stark is a pretty weird kid, but come on! I have to think that something could be up here. Maybe offering up Rickon is part of a plan to take back Winterfell for the Starks?
If not, I'm relying on Jon Snow to swoop in and save the day. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather Sansa and/or Theon be the ones to kill Ramsay, but the two bastards of Winterfell should probably face off. It's almost too poetic. Plus, it would be funny if the two Starks to finally meet each other are two who barely know each other at all. Things are finally coming together on Game of Thrones, and I will take any victory that I can.
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