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Game of Thrones: What the Starks’ Direwolves Really Represent

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It’s that time again! With the final season of Game of Thrones fast approaching, fan theories are once again flying around like crazy. Each one more bizarre than the last, many involve the two (remaining) Stark Direwolves and their possible role in defeating the army of the dead. Brace yourselves!

Something Different

Authors often use literary tools like allegory, foreshadowing, or metaphor in their works to represent changes in character or to make a statement indirectly. So, instead of filling your head with some easily debunked, way out there, fan fiction, let’s discuss what the wolves represent to, or about, the Stark children.

A Stark’s Honor

The Starks are known for adhering, unwaveringly, to their personal code of honor. This is made apparent by Ned’s disdain for Jamie Lannister when the only thing Jamie did was kill the man that Ned himself was on his way to kill. The man who had killed Ned’s father and brother. All Ned Stark saw, though, was an oathbreaker.

Death of a Direwolf

That very first episode, when the pups were found, no one could never have imagined the heartbreak and tragedy that would come to befall the Stark family beginning with the death of Sansa’s wolf, Lady, after she lies about why Jeoffrey was a bitter failure. Later, as the Starks and their wolves begin to fall, a pattern begins to develop.

Failure to Live up to the Stark Name

The common thread shared amongst his children is that when one of them breaks their word or acts dishonorably, their wolf pays the price. Sansa lied, Robb broke his word, Brann didn’t heed the Three-Eyed Raven’s warnings and is responsible for Hodor’s condition and death. Rickon died with his back to his enemies. That combined with the fact that the Direwolf is House Stark’s sigil and the message is pretty clear.

A Likely Possibility

Furthermore, both Jon and Arya’s wolves are still alive and well. It just so happens that both of them have adhered strictly to a personal code. It’s clear to see that the Stark children’s relationship with their wolves is an indicator of their adherence to the Starks‘ family code of honor. Ghost will certainly be at Jon’s side in the final fight, and Nymeria is gathering her troops. Brace yourselves, White Walkers.

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