Rickon Stark

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Rickon Stark
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Rickon and Shaggydog, Art by Amok©

Title Prince of Winterfell
Heir to Winterfell
Allegiance House Stark
Culture Northmen
Born In 295 AC[1], at Winterfell
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Art Parkinson
TV series

Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3

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Rickon and Shaggydog - by Mark Evans. © Fantasy Flight Games

Rickon Stark is Eddard and Catelyn's youngest child, only three years old when the series begins. Rickon is a naturally aggressive and strong-willed child, but his youth makes it difficult for him to cope with the terrible changes that come to his family and life. He is usually accompanied by his direwolf, Shaggydog. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones Rickon is played by Art Parkinson.[2]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Rickon Stark

Rickon is very young, he has bright eyes and favors his mother in appearance.[3] After his mother traveled south Rickon refused to have his hair cut. As a result he has long, unruly hair.[4] His youth makes it difficult for him to cope with the terrible changes that are brought upon his life and family by war, which are reflected in his direwolf companion named Shaggydog.


Born at Winterfell in 295 AC, Rickon is the third son and fifth child of Catelyn' and Eddard, head of House Stark; and younger brother to Robb Stark, the King in the North. Rickon has two older sisters, Sansa and Arya, another older brother Bran and a bastard half-brother, Jon Snow.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Rickon adopts one of the direwolves found by the Starks and names it Shaggydog.[5] After his father departs Winterfell and his mother lingers grief stricken at Bran's bedside, he follows Robb around, crying.[6] When he learns that Robb is leaving too, he becomes very upset and is later found in the crypts of Winterfell, where he attacks two men with Shaggydog and an iron sword taken from one of the tombs. When Robb departs, he refuses to bid farewell.[7] Shortly after Eddard's death in King's Landing, both Bran and Rickon share a vision of their father's spirit in the crypts.[3]

A Clash of Kings

As the turmoil of Eddard's death shakes his family, Rickon becomes largely unsupervised as his eldest brother and mother leave to war, while his sisters are held captive at King's Landing. Alone with his crippled brother, Bran, at Winterfell, Rickon develops an unruly, often violent temper. His fear and rage are reflected in Shaggydog, who turns largely feral and attacks several people before being restrained. Several times, Bran's direwolf, Summer is forced to fight Shaggydog into submission. Rickon becomes friends with "Big" Walder and "Little" Walder Frey when they come to live at Winterfell as wards.[8]

Rickon became a hostage of Theon Greyjoy when Theon takes Winterfell. He later manages to escape and hide in the crypts below the castle with Bran, Hodor, the Reed siblings Meera and Jojen, and the wildling woman Osha.[9]

After Winterfell is sacked and burned by Ramsay Snow, the group emerges to find Winterfell in ruins and a mortally wounded Maester Luwin, who tells them that Bran and Rickon need to be separated and taken into hiding. Osha agrees to look after Rickon and takes him and Shaggydog to parts unknown.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Most of Westeros believes Rickon dead, but Lord Wyman Manderly and Robett Glover learn from Wex Pyke, a survivor of the sack of Winterfell, that Rickon Stark is alive. Wex tells them—via writing since he cannot speak—that Rickon and a woman fled to the island of Skagos.

When Davos Seaworth attempts to convince Lord Manderly to take up Stannis Baratheon's cause, Manderly brings Wex into their meeting and explains to Davos what Wex witnessed. Manderly then tells him that in order to take Stannis as king Davos must meet his terms. he informs Davos,

Roose Bolton has Lord Eddard's daughter. To thwart him White Harbor must have Ned's son ... and the direwolf. The wolf will prove the boy is who we say he is, should the Dreadfort attempt to deny him. That is my price, Lord Davos. Smuggle me back my liege lord, and I will take Stannis Baratheon as my king.

When Davos asks where Rickon is Wex throws his dagger onto a sheepskin map adorning the wall. To Davos's horror it strikes Skagos. Davos is left with no choice but to head to the infamous island to retrieve Rickon Stark.[11]

Quotes by Rickon

Theon's sitting in Robb's chair.[9]

- Rickon to Bran Stark

Are we going home? I want my horse. And I want applecakes and butter and honey, and Shaggy. Are we going where Shaggydog is?[10]

- Rickton to Bran Stark


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