George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series
IN PHOTO: George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones", gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Rickon Starks’ storyline is expected to be explored in a big way in “Winds of Winter.” That means the fans will get to learn more about the island of Skagos and the people living there. A new theory about the upcoming book looks at what we know about this mysterious island, and if we can believe the second-hand accounts of people about this place.

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According to the people in Westeros, Skagos is a dangerous island that is inhabited by cannibals. They also practice traditions and do things that make them seem savage. But, what if all the stories are just lies? That is the theory posted by a fan on Reddit.

The people of Skagos mostly rule themselves. Starks and later the Targaryens were unable to subdue the people there. The theory suggests that this may have led to some resentment among the people in Westeros. On top of this if they treat the Free Folk as equals; it further makes them look bad in the mainland.

The post suggests that when Skagos is explored in detail in “Winds of Winter,” the readers may see a completely different place than what they imagine. The fan questions the authenticity of the accounts narrated by people in Westeros who have never even been to the island.

Commenting on the post, one of the fans said that the theory does sound right. However, the fan is hoping to see some Unicorns on the island.

Davos is expected to travel to this island in search of Rickon. The boy has been missing for a long time now, and after the deaths of so many major characters in Westeros perhaps it is time for the young Stark to reappear.

The return of Rickon in “Winds of Winter” comes at a crucial time. The invasion of the White Walkers is about to begin, with the winter finally arriving in Westeros. The theory suggests that since the people of Skagos are said to still be using obsidian; their knowledge about the Others and Valyrian Steel may be invaluable in the final war.