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The devastating direwolves detail that you missed in Game of Thrones

Ramsay Bolton, still ruining things from beyond the grave

Reddit is the gift that keeps on giving and the Game of Thrones fans there are serious. On the Game of Thrones subreddit, a user called Lardt spotted a devastating detail in the newest episode of season 7 and we’re just going to find a dark room to cry in.

In the crypt underneath Winterfell, where previous Starks such as Lyanna were buried, there are two stone direwolves that stand at the entrance. Lardt screencapped a shot of them from one of the earlier seasons in the thread where they stand guard imposingly, and then screencapped them again in season 7, episode two. There’s a massive difference – they’ve been decapitated and it was probably the work of the wretched Boltons.

[MAIN SPOILERS] The stone direwolves in front of the crypt of Winterfell during the last episode

Besides perhaps being extra proof that Ramsay Bolton is a garbage human, it’s also a callback to the earlier beheadings of Ned and Robb Stark (the latter of whom was decapitated, then had his direwolf Grey Wind’s head sewn onto his body). Rickon’s direwolf Shaggydog was also beheaded and presented to Ramsay Bolton in season 6, so it could be an echo of the Stark’s faithful pets’ unfortunate deaths.

Lardt’s post has been picked up in the subreddit, with over 1600 upvotes and users commenting on it. A user called JohnnyChee said, ‘Having the last Starks watch as [Ramsay] destroyed their crypt sounds like a very Ramsay thing to do.’

Another called postpin said, ‘Good catch – I would miss out on so much if it wasn’t for this sub. Little details like this is what makes this show great.’

The internet has been buzzing with Game of Thrones theories, including reading into a hidden message foreboding Cersei Lannister’s death and even the meaning behind Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones cameo. With just five more episodes left in Game of Thrones season 7, there’s not that much to work with but the show has proven time and time again to be rich with little Easter eggs for beady-eyed fans.

Game of Thrones season 7 airs every Monday in the UK, a day after it airs on HBO in the US. You can see it on Sky Atlantic, where it’s screened exclusively in the UK, as well as through Now TV which shares their content.

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