Sunday 22 April 2018

Did Robert Baratheon curse the Starks? Scenes from the very first Game of Thrones episode reveal a major clue

King Robert at Winterfell. Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO
King Robert at Winterfell. Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO

Sasha Brady

**WARNING: Potential spoilers for season 6 episode 9**

Remember when all the Starks were alive and well and living a pretty comfortable life in Winterfell?

It seems that everything went downhill for the noble clan as soon as King Robert Baratheon paid a visit to the North and convinced Ned to accept the role of the King's Hand and relocate to King's Landing.

But what if he also predicted the deaths of Ned, Robb, Catelyn and Rickon during his visit, in a theory that fans are calling “The Curse of Robert Baratheon"?

Think back to the very first episode when Robert rocked up to Winterfell with his entourage.

He steps off his horse and is welcomed by the Starks, only touching some of them as he greets them.

Nothing strange about that you might say but Reddit user, NANAs_Mic, spotted a very important detail: Robert only touches people who go on to die as the series progresses.

Robert and Ned. Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO
Robert and Robb. Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO
Robert and Catelyn. Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO
Robert and Rickon. Photo: Game of Thrones / HBO

Coincidence or some clever foreshadowing?

With most TV shows, the writers can't really foreshadow events far in advance. That's because the majority of TV is written on a series-by-series basis, and aside from the occasional event that's planned in advance, the writers can't know every different direction the story will be headed.

But Game of Thrones is based on a book series, and when writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss set out to adapt A Song of Ice and Fire into Games of Thrones, they had four books at the disposal and have been able to sneak amazing bits of foreshadowing throughout and some clever winks and nods that we only understand long after the episode has aired.

Eagle-eyed fans also pointed another potential example of foreshadowing from the first episode.

Game of Thrones / Reddit

When Robert meets Arya, he says "And your name is?"

Later we see that "a girl is no one".

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