First and last Jon and Rickon’s scenes, both times running towards Jon, the difference is the first time he was giving him the arrows instead of getting them in.
Rickon had refused to come down. He was up in his chamber, red-eyed and defiant. “No!” he’d screamed when Bran had asked if he didn’t want to say farewell to Robb. “NO farewell!”
Why are all the Battle of the Bastards reviews so terribly insistent that Sansa didn’t care about Rickon? Yeah, she was pragmatic about what would most likely happen to him (and she was right) but her seeing his dead body is the final nail in the coffin for her to subject Ramsay to his deservedly horrible death. Yeah, she’s changed but she still loves her family, she’s still Sansa, there was no way Rickon’s death wasn’t heartbreaking for her.
rickon was a scared child, who had probably (most definitely) tortured by ramsay and who hadn’t seen any of his family in years. when ramsay told him to run in a straight line, that’s what he did. because that’s what scared children always do when they see someone comforting and familiar. rickon stark was a scared boy who had known almost nothing but war and heartache, so when the chance at being with family again comes up, he takes it and doesn’t think otherwise. rickon stark just wanted to see his brothers again, his sisters again but that opportunity was torn from him right as it was in reach. rickon stark suffered the most tragic fate of any of the characters who died before him.
Goodbye Rickon Stark (interpreted by Art Parkinson)
“Are we going home? I want my horse. And I want applecakes and butter and honey, and Shaggy. Are we going where Shaggydog is?”
Honestly I don’t even know which sibling I feel worse for over Rickon’s death because it just hits me in different ways for them.
Jon was so adamant about saving Rickon, he was right there, he had hope that he could save his brother but he had to watch him die in front of him. He has to live with knowing that he was right there and his brother still died.
Sansa knew that this would happen, she tried to accept it before it even happened, but you could see the pain in her eyes when she saw Rickon and the fact that she didn’t allow herself to hope for Rickon just breaks me up.
Even Arya is going to go home, and find out that her youngest brother is dead. How awful is it to be so filled with hope and find out your baby brother is gone?
And Bran. Fucking Bran. He told Rickon to go, he heard Rickon say that he was supposed to protect him and he let his brother go off with a smile and told him that he had to protect him now. He wanted his baby brother safe and the people he entrusted his brother to betrayed him and caused his death and just. Ugh. When he finds out he’s going to be so, so heartbroken.
The Starks are too good to have to go through losing a brother again.
Who’s this? Rickon Stark.