It’s weird to think back to Game of Thrones season one, when things were much, much simpler in the Seven Kingdoms. The Starks were a happy —and fully alive— family in Winterfell. Nobody was getting beheaded, stabbed or pierced with an arrow shot by the most heinous bastard to ever grace the show.
Then things changed. Changed in a big way, of course.
Rickon Stark died during the Battle of the Bastards episode, as you may recall, and with his death a curse was supposedly lifted. That is, according to one savvy Redditor who pointed out that all the deceased members of the Stark family have one creepy thing in common: Robert Baratheon touched them.
The Redditor known as NANAs_Mic refers to it as “Robert’s Curse,” harking back to the very first episode of Game of Thrones when King Robert arrived at Winterfell and greeted the Stark family. The Redditor pointed out that everyone touched by the king eventually met a horrible death. Following on from Ned, Robb and Catelyn, Rickon was the final ‘cursed’ member of the Stark family.
So, working under that logic, Robert’s curse is complete now that Rickon has died. Robert didn’t touch Bran, Arya and Sansa, meaning that we can perhaps assume that they are safe. As you can see the in clip below, Robert hugs Ned, kisses Catelyn and shakes Robb’s hand. He walks past Sansa, Arya and Bran and, although he interacts with them, he never touches them. Jon Snow is present but he is standing behind the Stark family because he is a bastard child.
If the curse is confined to the Stark family, then that might be good news for Cersei Lannister, seeing that Robert was married to her. Although she was repulsed by Robert’s very existence, there was a season one scene where Robert slaps her after she insulted him. If he really is cursed (and not just for the Starks), then that would certainly spell doom for Cersei as speculation mounts over her fate in the season 6 finale (where she is set to stand trial against the Faith Militant).
Whatever happens to Cersei, it’s interesting that ‘Robert’s Curse’ was picked up on by this Redditor. If it’s really true then that’s a glorious piece of long-term foreshadowing considering the pilot aired six years ago.