"Oathbreaker" does reveal that Smalljon Umber had captured Rickon and Osha -- last seen ditching Bran for Last Hearth -- and delivered them to the Boltons, along with the direwolf's head. The turncoat isn't a Bolton fan, but he does want to win this never-ending war. Will he come up short with Jon back in the game?
In the books, Ramsay tries to lure Jon to Winterfell with a message that fans refer to as "the Pink Letter," which claims that he's holding Arya hostage (who isn't even in the vicinity). Game of Thrones the TV show may riff on that by swapping in Rickon.
The hostage crisis, ultimately, could put Jon on a road that leads straight down to King's Landing, and the Iron Throne. If Game of Thrones is the story of Jon Snow learning of his true past and claiming what is rightfully his, as many (myself included) believe, then he'll have to kick the winter threads at some point. Slicing Ramsay's head off is step one. What takes him all the way?
Well, let's see what Bran finds in that tower first.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment Editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. He wants Jon Snow to light himself on fire, Human Torch style, when he eventually battles the White Walkers -- fire and ice, baby! Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.