Following the conclusion of Game of Thrones Season 6 next week, the show is believed to only have two limited seasons left in it. It goes without saying that those concluding seasons will provide answers to the big questions asked by fans throughout the show’s history. However, there’s one particular theory gaining traction, and it surrounds Robert Baratheon, a character that longtime viewers of Game of Thrones will remember died in the first season of the show.
According to Movie Pilot, it’s looking increasingly likely that the demise of the Stark family in Game of Thrones was caused by Robert Baratheon, the king of Westeros in Season 1 of HBO’s hit fantasy drama. Across the series, it’s hard to deny that the Stark family has fallen victim to a number of tragic events, and until now, it was largely considered that coincidence had led to the demise of Ned Stark and much of his family after him. However, his old friend Robert Baratheon may have been the real cause.
The first Stark to meet his demise was Eddard Stark, who was executed for treason in the show’s first season. He was followed by his eldest son, Rob, and wife, Catelyn, who were killed at the Red Wedding in the third season of Game of Thrones. Finally, Episode 9 of Season 6 saw their youngest son, Rickon Stark, killed at the hands of Ramsay Bolton.
It’s more than fair to say that the Stark family have been the biggest victims of Game of Thrones. However, according to the Huffington Post, eager-eyed viewers of Game of Thrones have been pointing out that each of these characters has something very striking in common. That connection comes in the very first episode of Game of Thrones, when Robert Baratheon comes to Winterfell. You’ll notice that he touches each of the Starks who are now dead, while those who remain alive did not have contact with him.
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With the aforementioned taken into consideration, many fans of Game of Thrones now believe that the rest of the Stark family, the living members not touched by Robert Stark are safe. However, if one of the Stark children were to now die, it would completely debunk the Robert Baratheon curse theory.
Robert Baratheon was largely seen as a favorable character in Game of Thrones, and with that in mind, it’s unlikely that he knowingly cursed his best friend and the Stark family. At the same time, if this theory does happen to be true, it still remains unknown as to exactly why Robert Baratheon is cursed. However, if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that absolutely anything can happen in the world of Game of Thrones, meaning there could easily be an explanation around the former king’s curse.
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Also worth taking into consideration are the other Game of Thrones characters who are bound to have come into contact with Robert Baratheon. His son, Joffrey has already met his demise, which could very well leave his wife, Cersei to be next.
Game of Thrones theories do come and go. However, this one appears to have some pretty solid premise, and as the show comes to its conclusion, it becomes much easier to piece together the world of Game of Thrones and understand the reasoning behind some of the show’s biggest and most catastrophic events.
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