Re: SPOILER THREAD FOR Game of Thrones (TV series discussion)
I don't think you can have Rickon go with Bran. it doesn't work out. he goes north of the wall but how does that affect the manderly storyline later on? davos has to go north of the wall? doesn't work unless they drop it which I don't think they can, rickon being alive is a fairly major plot point/potential plot point.
I think they just send someone else away with Rickon, it's the easiest way to do it.
Also the fact George RR Martin said he'd make Osha more interesting in the book means she, and thus Rickon are coming back.