Game of Thrones
Rickon Stark is the youngest child of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn Stark. Rickon is described as strongly resembling his mother’s side of the family. He has long curly and unruly hair, which he refused to cut, after his mother left Winterfell. His anger, rage, and fear over what is happening to his family, is reflected in his direwolf, Shaggydog.
When Lord Eddard left Winterfell to become Hand of the King for Robert Baratheon in King’s Landing, Rickon became sad, but with Lady Catelyn spending day and night at Bran’s side (while he was in a coma), Rickon had no one to depend on, except his oldest brother, Robb. Rickon would constantly follow Robb around Winterfell, crying.
Rickon’s situation worsened when his mother left Winterfell to bring Lord Eddard proof of the Lannister’s involvement in Bran’s attack, and even worse, when shortly after, his brother Robb called his father’s banners, and marched on King’s Landing. Rickon and his brother Bran, became the only remaining Starks in Winterfell, and Rickon became largely unsupervised.
During this time, Rickon’s direwolf, Shaggydog, began reflecting the boy’s angst and rage, and the direwolf, along with his boy, became almost completely feral. Several times, Shaggydog had to be chained because he would attack the people of Winterfell. Although, due to Rickon’s direct involvement, or because of his strength, the direwolf would never spend too long in chains. The situation worsened, until one day, Shaggydog attacked Maester Luwin in the crypts below Winterfell. Rickon and his direwolf had gone there, because he had a dream that his father was dead. It took Bran’s direwolf, Summer, fighting Shaggydog into submission, in order to stop the aggression and random attacks.
After Theon Greyjoy sacked Winterfell, Rickon and Shaggydog, along with Bran and Summer, Hodor, the Reeds, and Osha, escaped the Stark castle, after hiding in the crypts. Osha agreed to take Rickon and Shaggydog to House Umber, because they could not accompany Bran beyond the Wall, in his quest to find the three eyed raven. It is rumored that Osha has taken Rickon and Shaggydog to the harsh island of Skagos.
A common saying in House Stark, is that “There must always be a Stark in Winterfell”, and with Bran journeying beyond the wall, presumably never to return, Rickon is the last remaining male heir to Winterfell. This makes Rickon an important piece to solving the puzzle of the fractured North. After The King in the North, Robb Stark’s death at the Twins, Roose Bolton has been promised the title of Warden of the North, a title that was previously held exclusively by House Stark. Bolton was also promised Winterfell, but the North remembers, and the houses that were once loyal to House Stark, still remain so, and are only waiting for the reemergence of a Stark, so that they can rally behind the great House once again.
Will we see Rickon in season 4? If so, where will his story continue from season 3? Will House Stark ever regain their ancestral seat of Winterfell? Will Rickon eventually become the Warden of the North, and Lord of Winterfell? Let me know what you think in the comments below, and while you’re there, tell me who you would like to see as the next countdown character.
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