To call HBO's Game of Thrones the biggest show on TV, both literally and figuratively, is almost an understatement at this point. The show has one of the biggest group of fans on TV, and the production itself is quite enormous, with each episode costing roughly $10 million to film, with upwards of three separate units filming at once on different continents. With a world this big, filled to the brim with old and new characters alike, there are no shortage of theories and speculation about certain aspects of the show. With just a few hours left until the season finale, last week's episode may have proven one of the most bizarre theories yet.
Last week's episode, the Battle of the Bastards, featured the death of yet another member of the Stark family, Rickon (Art Parkinson), who was killed by the nefarious Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in a most cruel fashion. Rickon hadn't been seen on the show since Season 3, before he was captured by one of the Bolton's ally's. As it turns out, this death may end up proving a fan theory known as "Robert's Curse," which may have predicted all of the Stark deaths way back in the very first episode.
The pilot episode, entitled Winter Is Coming, features a scene where King Robert Barantheon (Mark Addy) came to visit Winterfell, to make Ned Stark (Sean Bean) the Hand of the King. When Robert first arrives, the entire Stark family is there to greet him, and, eerily enough, every person that Robert Baratheon touches in that scene, has been killed. Ned Stark was beheaded by King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) Robb Stark (Richard Madden) was killed at the Red Wedding and Rickon Stark died in last week's episode.
Of course, we don't know for sure if this was George R.R. Martin's intention, to have every person that Robert Baratheon touches be killed, but it's certainly possible. It's also worth noting that this scene also includes Hodor (Kristian Nairn), who wasn't touched by Robert in the pilot, but died in a rather heroic and gruesome fashion earlier this season. With Season 7, and possibly Season 8 coming in the near future, it's certainly possible that any of the remaining Starks are killed, disproving this theory.
While we don't know who will live or die in the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale yet, we do know already that the episode will make history. HBO has already confirmed that the finale will be the longest in the show's history, at 69 minutes long. Be sure to check back tonight for more updates on the future of Game of Thrones and beyond. In the meantime, take a look at these photos which show Robert Baratheon's scenes in the pilot with each character's death scenes.