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SPOILER WARNING for Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 "Battle Of The Bastards."

We all kind of knew (and by we I mean ) that Rickon wasn't going to make it out of the "Battle Of The Bastards," but that didn't make it any less heartbreaking when Ramsay decided to shower him with arrows in the highest stakes, least fun game ever.

But somehow the most frustrating part of watching Rickon sprint toward his brother was not Ramsay and his pesky bow and arrows, it was the fact that Rickon insisted on running in a straight line instead of a zigzag pattern, which everyone knows is the proper way to escape from a crazed evil archer.

Just when we thought that the youngest Stark son might have even deserved his death for his blatant lack of tactical reasoning skills, Art Parkinson (the actor formerly known as Rickon) took to Twitter to prove that he is aware of his grievous error:

An interviewer from The Hollywood Reporter asked the same question, and Parkinson said that the decision to go straight was — regretfully — not up to him:

That's more of a question for the writers. I just stick to the script! But in the moment, I really wanted him to make it. I put everything into it.
Run Rickon / HBO
Run Rickon / HBO

While Rickon may have reached the end of his run, Parkinson admits he was pleased that his character got to go down in such an epic fashion:

Before they sent me the script [for 'Battle of the Bastards'], they filled me in. They said, 'Listen, just so you know and don't get too shocked, you do die this season.' It was sad to finally let the character go. But at the same time, they explained how Rickon was going to die, and it sounded really cool. I was happy that it was going to be such a great death.

RIP Rickon.

Rickon's death / HBO
Rickon's death / HBO

Game Of Thrones will return this Sunday on HBO with the Season 6 Finale "The Winds Of Winter." Watch the trailer here.

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Source: THR


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