There are spoilers herein for the return of an old friend, per the headline, so please do not complain when the surprise is spoiled for you, because that is what this post is doing: Spoiling a surprise. Because we are godless heathens who are fueled by hate clicks and the destruction of joy.
Also, don’t blame us. Maisie Williams is the one that spoiled it during a radio interview with BBC1. MAISE IS THE WORST (except when she’s the best):
During a BBC Radio 1 interview with Nick Grimshaw on Thursday morning, Maisie Williams revealed some good news — Rickon is set to make a comeback in season six. “Ye-es,” she replied tentatively when a caller asked whether or not we’ll be hearing from Rickon this season. “Yes. Maybe.” Shortly after, Williams gave a more definitive response: “Yes, we will indeed… Oh no, I’m literally going to get off the air and someone’s going to email me!”
We all know who that email was from, of course: Gendry, who had finally paddled his way into the future, where he bleached his hair and started hanging out with Bieber.
Oh, and when Rickon does return, there’s a fair chance you won’t recognize him.
As always, there’s nothing in Westeros more cruel than puberty.