This post contains spoilers for Season 6, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones.
Many Game of Thrones fans have long been waiting for the reappearance of the youngest Stark, Rickon, along with his wildling caretaker Osha and his direwolf Shaggydog. But, as with many things on Game of Thrones, when it finally happened it was just devastating.
Rickon, Osha, and Shaggydog haven’t been seen since Season 3, when Bran sent them off to the Umbers for protection. So it was quite a shock that, three seasons later, Smalljon Umber betrayed the Starks by turning Rickon and Osha over to Ramsay and killing Shaggydog to cement the Bolton bastard as an ally.
It’s so shocking, in fact, that many fans are theorising it’s all an elaborate conspiracy by the Umbers to overthrow Ramsay.
This is based on a few points: firstly, that the Umbers are known for being fiercely loyal to the Starks (as Ramsay points out in this episode). You may remember Greatjon Umber (Smalljon’s father) was the first to declare Robb the King in the North way back in Season 1.