Rickon the badass Posted April 4, 2016 Share Posted April 4, 2016 Rickon Stark, being the heir to the kingdom of the North and a part of a dynasty that has ruled unbroken for 8000 years in the North is very important in who will win the North. Now this post will be about who will rule the North, Which I think will be Rickon Stark. Rickon is going to be important. If he weren't, I suspect they would have completely written him out of the show on HBO, but they make a point to have him show up a couple times. They have written out other characters who have done a lot more than Rickon. Rickon is interesting at the moment he's only around six, so it doesn't look like he will have much of an impact except as a pawn. However, this winter should be one of the longest winters ever if defeating the Others doesn't end it early. That means that it could last for nearly 10 years, giving him plenty of time to mature before ADOS ends. I also like to think that being raised by Osha may actually be a good thing. Osha seems like a decent person; after all, she's risking her life for a family she has no connection to, except for being their prisoner. And, in their own way, wildings have a strong code of honor, something that Rickon can benefit from learning; especially as the North now has a large wilding population. I'd also like to point out that Skagos could be completely different than thought. After all, how often are rumors correct in ASOIAF? I think they will actually end up having a relatively proud and civilized culture. In my mind, Rickon will actually have a strong, independent personality. He'll likely also have a lot of respect and love for the small folk, as he was essentially raised as a peasant. He could be the perfect Lord of Winterfell or not.... Rickon, though, has had his entire family taken from him, his home burnt to the ground. maybe he will be without compassion. As with all of the other Stark Children, Rickon is a warg. It is unknown how powerful a warg Rickon really is. He does have a strong bond with Shaggydog as shown by their similar traits such as wild and generally angry. People don’t usually mention this, but the are very traditional First Men and keep a lot of the savage old ways. It’s mentioned more than once in ADWD that the First Men gave human sacrifices to the Weirwoods Skagosi as a part of the Pact. Bran will soon be able to speak whole messages through the ravens as used to be done. Imagine what the Skagosi will think once they learn that Rickon’s brother is a god-like greenseer of the old gods they worship. He’s basically their god-king. Rickon himself is a warg, has a savage direwolf, and is maybe wild enough to charm them in a “YOUR MEAT IS BLOODY TOUGH” sort of way. One of the main reasons that the Mountain Clans decide to fight and go rescue “Arya” from Ramsay is that they really have nothing to lose. Normally the young and the women would go to seek refuge in Winterfell’s winter town. That obviously isn’t option anymore. It’s either fight or freeze and starve to death in the mountains. Their numbers are comparatively small, probably 2500 men, maybe more with spearwives. The Skagosi are basically in the same position. They could (maybe rather forcefully if need be) hitch a ride with him and make a mess of the Stark’s enemies, rampaging their way south to wherever there is a refuge. They get a shot at survival, and the gratitude of a legendary house to boot. This is kind of hinted at with Shaggydog's eye color. We learn in the books that the prophetically gifted among the Children of the Forest have either green or red eyes. Jojen Reed has green eyes when he develops his sight. The Ghost of High Heart has red eyes. Shaggydog's eyes are green. (And Ghost's eyes are red; Jon also has what could be called prophetic dreams in the books, but it's unclear if these are greendreams associated with him being a warg, or dragon dreams associated with him being a Targaryen, or both.) Personality traits: What is known about Rickon is that like his dire wolf Shaggydog, he is described as wild, partly due to the majority of his family ‘abandoning’ him. while they didn't necessarily abandon him, to the eyes of a young kid it might seem likely. As with all of the other Stark Children, Rickon is a warg. As he hasn't shown any real signs of warging or had a PoV chapter in which he does, it is unknown how powerful a warg Rickon really is. He does have a strong bond with Shaggydog as shown by their similar traits such as wild and generally angry. Direwolf Name: The name of Rickon’s dire wolf is Shaggydog and while this may just seem like a possible name a child would give a pet, there is most likely more to this name. For starters, it is a possible reference to a Shaggy Dog Story aka a story with a big build up but an anticlimactic ending. While this may mean that ultimately Rickon’s storyline will have an anticlimactic ending I prefer to think of it as the opposite. It is unlikely that Rickon’s story will be a Shaggy Dog Story , at the current point in time he has had very little story devoted to him and many people forget about him, considering him to be useless. This is one of the main reason I think Shaggydog’s name means the opposite, that Rickon will have little build up but have a big role to play later on. It is possible that all the direwolves names have an opposite meaning. Lady: While Sansa was initially considered an innocent lady, her involvement in the Game of Thrones has turned her into a manipulative player of the game. Nymeria: For those who don’t know, Nymeria was named after a queen. This could be seen as foreshadowing Arya losing who she is and becoming no-one, the opposite of a queen. Summer: Summer’s name could possibly hint at Bran having a major role during the war with the White Walkers and Winter. Ghost: Could mean he will wander around as a body with no soul, a possible result of a failed attempt at recreating Beric Dondarrion or he becomes a White Walker. this would mean he will be a body with no soul instead of a soul with no body(ghost) Grey Wind: Currently unsure Direwolf Colour: Shaggydog has black fur and green eyes which are opposite to Ghost who has white fur and red eyes. The other four direwolves are grey fur with yellow/gold eyes. These 4 can be seen as a middle ground of the two with grey being between Black and White and Gold/Yellow being between Green and Red. The black could also be a reference to a Black Sheep of the pack as Rickon’s wild nature could be seen as an outlier to the rest of the usually calm Starks(besides maybe Arya.) Catelyn’s uncle Brynden Tully is known as the Brynden the Blackfish because he was unlike the rest of t tullys meaning that Rickon could be Rickon the Blackwolf. 7 Starks, 7 Gods: According to this the seven Starks (poor Jon) have traits relating to each of the seven gods in the Faith of the Seven. The Father - Ned The Mother - Cat The Warrior - Robb The Maid - Sansa The Stranger - Arya The Crone - Bran The Smith - Rickon to fix everything in spring. In this, Rickon is associated with The Smith mostly because all the other Starks line up well with their respective god.The Smith is associated with crafting and labour and in the Song of the Seven, “put the world of men to right.” While this might not sound like Rickon at the present time it could foretell his rise to power and his role in fixing Westeros and the North after the White Walkers are defeated. With these things in mind, Rickon Stark could steal the title of King of the North from Bran and then use his power, to fix Westeros. Role Models: at the end of a Dance with Dragons Davos has set out to retrieve Rickon from Skagos, whose inhabitants are known for living by old laws and being cannibals and savages. This leaves Rickon with a few possible mentors. Osha: She has been with him since they departed Winterfell, as a wildling, Osha will have some unusual views on life and will mostly bring out a wild side of Rickon. She will be the closest to a mother figure he has right now (unless someone else on the island is) and will most likely influence Rickon to accept the Wildlings. Davos: As stated, Davos is heading to pick up Rickon. Davos will most likely treat Rickon as a son as he has lost a lot of his natural sons during the series and so will take the role of Rickon’s father and possible Regent. Throughout the series, Davos has been studying and learning various skills such as reading and writing in order to be a better hand for Stannis, but what if this wasn't the main reason for this. Davos being the father figure for Rickon will help him learn about the various cultures and events that Davos has learnt about and Davos may be able to help Rickon develop his reading and writing skills. (it is stated that he cannot read during Tyrion III,Game of Thrones) Skagosi: From the Skagosi, Rickon could learn some of the old customs of the First Men as well as embrace his wild side. By doing so he will be better prepared for the Long Winter because the Ancient Stark Kings had to be strong in order to survive. Bran: If you are reading this you will know that Bran now has the ability to communicate via weir wood trees. Using this method, Bran will be able to communicate and mentor Rickon on various things. He will be able to assist Rickon in fully realising his warging ability which will be a great advantage during wars. He might be able to use the army of wolves Nymeria has assembled to its full potential. So basically Rickon= Paul Atreises the northern Muad'Dib Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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