This should go without saying, but spoilers if you haven't caught Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones yet!
Game of Thrones put out one of its most expansive episodes last weekend. "The Battle of the Bastards" featured a slew of cinematographic battle sequences, as well as a nuanced conversation between Jon Snow and Sansa that will be memorable for a long time. I think most fans would agree that "The Battle of the Bastards" was a great episode of the HBO drama, but that doesn't mean it was a perfect episode. In fact, there was at least one scene that featured a mistake: The one where Rickon ran in a straight line whilst trying to escape Ramsay Bolton.
I know of at least several people who hollered at their televisions while young Rickon ran in a straight line to escape the man who had been holding him hostage at Winterfell. As it turns out, if you really wanted Rickon to run in a zigzag pattern, you weren't along. Actor Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon on the TV series, also wryly noted that maybe running in a straight line wasn't the best idea. Here's what he had to say:
At least the kid has a sense of humor. Art Parkinson's character actually lasted a pretty long time on the series, considering that he was a really young kid during the early seasons and only had Osha as a protectress during that time. Unfortunately, Parkinson really didn't get to do much as a character during the series. After spending a lot of time offscreen, we saw him briefly during Season 6 when he was dropped off at Winterfell and again during Episode 9 when he ran in a straight line to try and reach Jon's army. He certainly didn't have the worst trajectory of all of the characters on the series, but he won't be the most memorable, either.
Obviously, Rickon needed to die in order to spur Jon Snow to action when he and his men really didn't want to charge. In order for Ramsay's manipulation to work, Rickon actually needed to be in danger. Even if he did choose to zig or zag, one of Ramsay's stray arrows probably still would have caught him, as Ramsay was a fine archer. Still, it would have made Rickon look like someone who faced danger with a level head, which would have been a better way to go. I get why the creative choice was made on Game of Thrones, but it's still pretty fun to joke about.
We already know that Jon Snow plans to bury Rickon at Winterfell, and that is likely the last we'll hear from the character. On the bright side, there is one episode left in Season 6 of Game of Thrones and the show has already been renewed for Season 7. To find out what we know about next season head here.