Warning: if you haven’t seen The Battle of the Bastards, then turn back now.
In the Game of Thrones pilot, King Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell to ask his old friend Ned Stark if he’d be the new Hand of the King.
Ned eventually agreed, and went with Robert down south to King’s Landing, taking his two daughters (Arya and Sansa) with him.
This effectively set into motion a chain of events that saw most of the Starks die. Ned was executed by Joffrey. Robb and Catelyn were killed at the Red Wedding (while trying to overthrow Joffrey). And Rickon – the youngest – recently became collateral damage in the Battle of the Bastards.
Left alive are Arya and Sansa (and Bran), as well as their bastard brother Jon Snow.
Now, one Reddit user has pointed out that these deaths were actually foreshadowed in the pilot episode, during the scene which saw Robert greet the Starks.
While Robert spoke to each member of the family, he only touched four of them. Ned. Catelyn. Robb, and Rickon.
While some people are posturing that Robert “cursed” the Starks, it’s more likely that this was just an incredible piece of foreshadowing on the part of the producers.
Or, could it just be a coincidence? Let us know what you think in the comments!