Game of Thrones without one of the Stark? Novelist George RR Martin has just revealed that the character of young Rickon Stark, played on screen by Irish actor Art Parkinson, almost never appeared in the credits of the cult HBO series.
In the pages of the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series, written by Entertainment Weekly reporter James Hibberd (released October 6) and who looks back on the sometimes complicated genesis of the series, the novelist states as follows: “The craziest thing was when DB Weiss and David Benioff called me to tell me that they were thinking of eliminating Rickon, the youngest of the Stark children, because he was not important enough in the first book. I told them I had important plans for him, and they kept him. “
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After a first rejected pilot (which had to be shot again), the Game of Thrones series finally got the green light from HBO in 2010. The character of Rickon Stark, last child of Eddar and Catelyn Stark but also cousin of Jon Snow, will appear repeatedly in the series, during seasons 1, 2, 3 and 6. In the latter, Rickon, who was often seen accompanied by his giant wolf Broussaille, is killed by Ramsay during the Battle of the Bastards.
Art Parkinson, who played Rickon Stark in Game of Thrones, was recently seen in the credits of the British detective series The Bay, broadcast on France 2.
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