Why a Recent Game of Thrones Direwolf Conspiracy Isn’t True, According to Show’s Star

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. You have been warned.

Last Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones had been devastating, to say the least. While it's heart-breaking to see our favorite characters killed off in the hit HBO series, it's just as upsetting when creatures die, especially the Starks' direwolves. In Game of Thrones season 6, episode 3, Smalljon Umber presents Ramsay with the "gift" teased in the preview released last week – Rickon Stark and the head of his direwolf Shaggydog.

Not many fans could accept this, so many have concocted this perfectly plausible theory that Smalljon was only tricking Ramsay and that his "gift" had only been a ruse for his real plans of overthrowing the psychopathic character.


Well, a Game of Thrones star just foiled all those theories, and he's none other than Art Parkinson, the actor who plays Rickon.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the 14-year-old Irish actor was asked whether the direwolf head offered to Ramsay had really been Shaggydog's. The actor unfortunately revealed this:

Yeah, I'd say so. It was a little bit disappointing because, you know, looking at the dogs we had on set... and that you'd never really get to hang out with them again. When I read that Shaggydog was dead, I was definitely a little upset.

The bright side is, when Parkinson was asked what he thought of all the conspiracy theories about Smalljon plotting against Ramsay, he gave a vague answer. When actors give unclear answers, it can only be room for more fan theories.

Parkinson said:

Well, you know, the show is so full of twists and turns, so it is possible, but it would be disappointing if Jon Umber did really betray us.

Well that's certainly something to think about.


On that note, we've heard a lot of actors constantly denying Jon Snow's resurrection in the past. It wouldn't be surprising if Parkinson lied in the interview in order to protect a possible plot twist from being revealed.

If Jon Snow can be brought back from the dead, then anything can happen in Game of Thrones. Maybe Melisandre can bring back headless direwolves? It's just wishful thinking.

Rest in peace, Shaggydog.