Who screamed loudest upon Rickon's gut-wrenching death in the Game of Thrones Season 6 "Battle of the Bastards"? The internet, of course. After cutting Rickon loose to run across the battlefield, Ramsay manages to mow him down with a bow and arrow. Twitter reacted to Rickon's death with just as much horror as Hodor's, if with a little less surprise.
Jon Snow, Ser Davos, Tormund, and Sansa all have a calm, level-headed conversation the night before Bastard Bowl is to take place, deciding that the best course of action, considering they are outnumbered by Bolton armies, is to hold back and wait until they are attacked, rather than storming the Bolton armies offensively. Of course, Ramsay has a plan in mind to lure Jon Snow's men into attacking and it involves one tiny Starkling. Rickon, it turns out, is still alive, and Ramsay trots him out into the middle of the battlefield with great fanfare. Jon starts to approach, but Ramsay draws a knife. Everyone clenches their butts real tight for a second, but it turns out Ramsay is only cutting Rickon free from the rope that binds him. He instructs Rickon to run down the middle of the battlefield, between the two armies, toward Jon. Throughout the harrowing scene, Twitter users had a lot of feelings:
Seeing Rickon in that moment was like the epilogue to the Red Wedding. My heart can't take it #GameOfThrones— Alicia (@DontEndorseThis) June 20, 2016
So much for them waiting for the Bolton army to charge. Ramsay did exactly what he wanted. May you rest, Rickon. #GameofThrones— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) June 20, 2016
Basically, Rickon takes off running, and Jon hurtles toward him on horseback. While the two armies hold steady, Ramsay withdraws his bow and arrow and starts shooting at Rickon as he runs. For maximum suspense, he misses quite a few of his first attempts, but, as many Twitter watchers noticed, Rickon's running-in-a-straight-line technique doesn't bode well for him. Just before Rickon reaches Jon Snow, Ramsay sinks an arrow into his heart, killing him in the middle of the field. Jon charges toward Ramsay, who orders his men to sent a flurry of arrows into the field. Several more pierce Rickon for good measure, and Jon's horse goes down, too. But Ser Davos gets his men to the front lines just as Jon is about to lose his head, and the battle begins in earnest.
when they showed rickon being shot with extra arrows after he died, but not ramsey's death pic.twitter.com/ND8WObdnhf— eloise GOT SPOILERS (@soIosleia) June 20, 2016
When Jon almost reached Rickon in time #GameofThrones— Matty *Go Rangers!* (@snowkitten35) June 20, 2016
also why they gotta make Jon 2 steps from rickon HE WAS RIGHT THERE WHY DO THE WRITERS HATE THE STARKS— kara (@jakerielys) June 20, 2016
I like how a bunch of people were like "no one could be emotionally upset about a Rickon" yet here I am.— Rickon Stark (@motelsonthemoon) June 20, 2016
Poor Rickon. Never spoke more than 5 sentences the entire 6 seasons and now he's dead. Tragic pic.twitter.com/hff5gJYrIt— Misschoo (@hellomisschoo) June 20, 2016
I was expecting that Rickon came to die, but was sad still to see. He, the youngest, who lost everything, now lost his own life. #RIP— Oberyn Martell (@APrinceUnbound) June 20, 2016
Alas, poor Rickon, we hardly knew ye. And yet, with his death, we have yet another true heir to Winterfell in line and that's Bran, who is unfortunately off being the realm's new Three-Eyed Raven right now. At the very least, Stark banners are flying over Winterfell again for the first time in ages, and that's a sight for sore eyes.