Game of Thrones Spoilers: Will the Starks Rise Again?
On Game of Thrones, the Starks have always been considered the “good guys,” but they’ve never been at a lower point than they are now. Will the family from Winterfell make a comeback after the devastation of the Red Wedding?
While we don't know where A Song of Ice and Fire is ultimately going, we do know where the remaining Starks stand at the end of the fifth book, A Dance of Dragons. So if you want to know what this story has in store for the most honorable family in Westeros, read on!
Warning! This article contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, click away now if you don’t want to know!
Bran. Bran might just be the most important Stark left living, though it’s not entirely clear what his ultimate destiny will be. We know already that he has some kind of gift for magic through his being a warg, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bran is going beyond the Wall to find the last greenseer, which is a man/tree hybrid that can see anyone’s past/present/future, and apparently Bran is being groomed to be the next greenseer (meaning the last greenseer is really the second to last greenseer?). While this destiny certainly makes Bran important, it’s unclear at this point how he his powers will affect the overall landscape in Westeros.
Arya. As we’ve already seen in the Season 4 premiere, Arya is starting down a darker path. After she and the Hound go their separate ways, the next stop for Arya will be the Free City of Braavos in Essos, where she will join the House of Black and White and begin her training to be a faceless man, like her friend Jaqen H’ghar from Season 2. Arya’s going to become a deadly assassin, and one has to believe that she’ll eventually make it back to Westeros and wreak havoc on anyone named Frey, Lannister, or Bolton.
Sansa. Sansa is finally going to escape King’s Landing this year, when she goes to the Vale with Littlefinger. Granted, she’ll do so using an alias, but according to Littlefinger there will be a time for her to reveal herself as a Stark and then rally the houses of the Vale to her side. Sansa may be the best chance for the Starks to actually regain Winterfell and the North, but to do it she has to go along with the plan, which involves her getting married to someone she doesn’t know once again.
Rickon. The youngest Stark eventually makes his way with Osha to the island of Skagos, far in the North, where they hide out. Word reaches one of the northern lords loyal to House Stark, Wyman Manderly of White Harbor, who meets with Davos Seaworth and promises his house’s allegiance to Stannis if Davos can return Rickon safely to the North, where he would be instated as the future Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North.
Jon Snow. While he doesn’t have the Stark name, Jon has Stark blood, so we’ll include him. Jon has big things in store for him, including becoming the next Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. However, Jon’s success is short-lived. The actions of Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell will push Jon too far, and he won’t be able to help himself from becoming involved, despite the fact that the Night’s Watch is forbidden from becoming embroiled in the political affairs of the Seven Kingdoms. Jon’s decision to go to Winterfell won’t sit well with his Brothers of the Watch, and they’ll lead a mutiny and stab him. It’s unclear whether Jon lives or dies, but our money is on the former, since we have a feeling Jon will be a major player at the end of the saga.
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