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because I think you're right! Theon may have been caught by the lesser lords coming to pay homage to Ramsay, not necessarily returning to Winterfell, but I wouldn't discount your idea. Karstark and Umber are both north of Winterfell, but White Harbor is south. So, if Theon is on his way home to the Iron Isles, he's got to go south and best would be if he tried to catch a boat from White Harbor.
I think Theon intends to sacrifice himself to save Sansa. He hinted as much before Brienne showed up and still thinks they are in danger. He tells her he wants to go home to the Iron Isles so she will let him go. I think that Theon considers Winterfell his real home.
Anyone else think this gift is going to be Rickon? After all, he's got the Umbers on his side and in the show, Rickon and Asha go to the Last Hearth.
With the show furiously trimming cast members, it wouldn't surprise me if we never see Rickon or Osha again. Rickon will end up like Richie Cunningham's older brother on Happy Days.
Actually I just had another idea on this subject. Since we didn't get fArya in the show, Sansa being her fill in, then what if we get fRickon? I know the Umbers are divided in the books, playing both sides. But their alliance with the Boltons and Freys has to be a ruse. How can they side with Smalljon's murders from the RW? They may not like what Robb did to the Greatjon, but it was an honourable execution, not a betrayal and breaking of hospitality.
So it made me think, what if they use a fake Rickon to fill in Jeyne Poole's role? Then the Pink Letter could involve Ramsay holding what he thinks is the real heir to Winterfell. You turn it around and have Ramsay say I've got the true heir to the north, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!
Anyone else wondering why they would title the episode that includes the ToJ scene as 'Oathbreaker'? Are they implying someone at the ToJ is an oathbreaker?
Saw an article on HuffPo about this ep finally being the reveal of RLJ since we're getting the ToJ, and the happy little coincidence of this falling on Mother's Day. Apparently D&D time things to be relevant to holidays - Jon's resurrection was on Easter Sunday, Tyrion plugging Tywin on the crapper was on Father's Day, etc.
However, most of these little timing have a bit of a twist to them, be it ironic or what. So, if we DO get a Jon parentage reveal on Mother's Day, I suspect that it won't be quite so straightforward - I mean, half the free world expects RLJ already, so that's hardly the huge surprise even if it is on Mother's Day. I'm holding out hope that "Oathbreaker" is going to tie into something really wild at the ToJ and involve the KG in their Targaryen armor.