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The Daily Raven Special: Interview with Alfie Allen

Alfie Allen sat with Simone to discuss his role as Theon Greyjoy, and his development in Game of Thrones‘s second season. Alfie shares his thoughts on Theon’s problematic relationship with his family, who he would choose as his queen, and relates a fun family tale of stomach pumping.

Ours is the Fury: Love the interview! Alfie has really solid insight into his character, not to mention a great sense of humor.

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  • Alfie Allen is rapidly becoming one of my favourite actors on the show. That part where he talks about his scene with Gemma was deeply moving. Me thinks an Emmy nomination is in order, and soon.

  • Whoa Alfie…. he’s been fantastic, can’t wait for his arc in later seasons, undoubtedly he’ll knock it out of the park!!

    CALPOL!!!! … Wayyy better than Milk of the Poppy!!!

  • Wow, mean trick Lily played on him! lol

    I actually liked his first word associated with Robb: handsome, dashing! haha, so true^^

    Alfie has done an amazing job portraying Theon. In the books, I didn’t like Theon at all. In the series, I can’t help but feel sorry for him and wonder how different things could have been for him.

  • Great job, Simone.
    A funny interview with a wonderful few moments and stories that you got out of him. He’s a fascinating bird and you really pushed him to sing for us. Can’t wait for the Theon stuff coming up. It rhymes with… Well I won’t say. Don’t want to get blacked out.
    Gonna be awesome.

  • oooh, you slippery bastard, give us more about S3 alredy! hahaha
    Alfie’s Theon is just as good as the book one. I wanna see how they’ll handle his storyarc from now on.

    nice interview, Simone. hopefully we’ll get soem more in the Long Night until S3 starts.

  • alfies acting was amazing and I actually feel bad for him in the show, not at all in the books!!! still hope he gets the same treatment in the show as in the books but I definitely felt more for him in the show, in the end he is still Theon Turncloak/reek

  • Thank you for the interview. Loved it and appreciated the thoughtful and unique questions (no silly entertainment news giggly questions here) very clever line of questioning –

    one tiny observation: I wish you would just look at him unwaveringly instead of back and forth to the camera so much. IMHO, it feels a bit rude (and I’m quite sure that you are not, nor were you meant to be) – the subject should have your undivided attention. The audience will still be there, no need to constantly checking…

  • Alfie has been one of the big surprises of this show (kind of like Mark Addy last year). I was pretty puzzled when Alfie was first cast, and I wasn’t sure how much I liked him in Season 1… but he suddenly became one of the best actors in Season 2, and Theon’s storyline was probably the best executed one this season.

  • Well, I’m glad she didn’t just stare at him and say nothing for 10 mins. Alfie is doing an excellent job at Theon. You might hate his character, but Alfie has given him enough layers that you can see his motivation and feel a little sympathetic toward Theon. Kudos!

  • Agree with all who have said Alfie deserves an Emmy. He really stole the show this season (and granted, Clash focuses on his character much more heavily than AGoT did, but that’s precisely why his performance was so special. A lesser actor could’ve really F-ed it up).

  • Alfie Allen was absolutely amazing this season!
    As for season 3… Mystique! Rhymes with…

  • Lyne: Lyne
    one tiny observation: I wish you would just look at him unwaveringly instead of back and forth to the camera so much. IMHO, it feels a bit rude (and I’m quite sure that you are not, nor were you meant to be) – the subject should have your undivided attention. The audience will still be there, no need to constantly checking…

    Totally agree. If you need to check with the camera person on time or something, that person needs to come into your line of vision (if he’s not already) and give you clues on timing issues and what not. I agree the interviewer should be angled towards and engaged with the interviewee as much as possible.

    By looking at the camera after every question, it kind of takes the audience out of the interview and opens it up for awkward transitioning.

    Enjoyable questions and Alfie is a doll. He really is bringing Theon to life in the best way possible. I look forward to his scenes, unlike the book where I just wanted to bash him over the head and rip out those pages.

  • Alfie really pushed the envelope with his performances this season, grew so much as a character that a woman actually felt sorry for him at times. Well done Alfie and thank you Simone for the interview!

  • Talented actor, for sure. Standing out for me, where the way he looked at the corpses of the farmer’s boys, the regret was palpable and the best scene of the season for me, his dialogue with Luwin and his hate for the hornblower.

    Wonder how much torture, hounds and flaying we will get next season…our blades are sharp

  • That was a good interview. Well done, Simone.

    Who do we have to kill to get Alfie nominated for an Emmy? If they would just stop screwing around and nominate Peter Dinklage for Lead Actor, that will open up a spot for Supporting Actor.

  • Got to admit, I wasn’t entirely sure he would be able to pull of Reek after Season 1, but having more to do in Season 2 really made him shine. Emmy nomination for sure.

    Bring on the rhymes!

  • TastesLikeTheSea,

    I agree…

    Though I love Peter as Tyrion and he is a great actor I can’t wait for Tyrion to take a back seat to some other characters in season 3.

  • Lex:
    Alfie has been one of the big surprises of this show (kind of like Mark Addy last year). I was pretty puzzled when Alfie was first cast, and I wasn’t sure how much I liked him in Season 1… but he suddenly became one of the best actors in Season 2, and Theon’s storyline was probably the best executed one this season.

    Alfie, yes, but how can Mark Addy be a surprise? He’s always been a good actor and it’s not like he’s new to medieval setting, he was in A Knight’s Tale. Anyway, I agree about Alfie Allen, he’s been the standout actor for this season, especially compared to Robb and Jon, though I would have liked it if he went down like in the books, instead of being hit on the head by one of his Iron Men.

  • I’d really like to see Alfie get the Emmy nomination this year, even more than Peter Dinklage. I think he’s done a great job on the character and made Theon so real and human (although I’m a little biased because I already sympathized with him more than most people).
    Also: such a nice person! He’s the kind of guy you feel like would be awesome to be friends with, and his story about his sister’s prank was cute (I did the same thing to my little sister, but with a crayon drawing on the wall, haha).

  • Alfie Allen is the man, great acting chops on this guy, he has made Theon one of the most complex and conflicted characters on the show. He rocked this season, and whatever nominations and awards come his way, are more than earned!

    I also watched some of the other interviews and boy oh boy, Rose Leslie is such a cutie, I liked Ygritte, she is so raunchy and wild, the perfect medicine and cure-all for Jon Snow’s seriousness (plus she likes him, oy vey…)! Poor Jon Snow, he is brave and honourable, but has a lot to learn about life, and hopefully Ygritte will be there to teach him all about it! LOL

    Maisie Williams is a treasure, she is soo sweet and talented, she owns Arya, and has made her one my favourite characters on the show! Go Maisie!

    The other interview I watched was Jackie Gleeson, man I hate Joff on a celular level, and that is a testament of the collection of goodness and talent that Jackie Gleeson is! He deserves as many accolaids as possible!

    Can get enough of the cast, I love them all!

  • What a cutie! Yes, definately emmy nom performance. I really did not like Theon in the books but love him in GOT.

  • Steve Hugh Westenra,

    After having done successive interviews with Richard Madden and Alfie Allen, it’s striking how dissimilar they are. Richard is actually quite shy, soft-spoken, whereas Alfie is kind of lean-back-in-his-chair cool. He’s just totally at ease, happy and grinning. Just like… extremely comfortable in his own skin. “What’s up, mate?”

    I think he was ver-ry appreciative of Simone.

    He’s kind of a bro!

  • Great interview, folks!

    The problem with Dinklage as Lead Actor is that a) he’d never beat out the Bryan Cranstons and John Hamms and primarily based on the number of minutes. Tyrion was in 1.5 hours of GOT. Cranston’s in that much time in two episodes of Breaking Bad. Sheer volume would make it hard to vote for him.

    Addy has mostly been in movies in comedic roles, so I can see how someone could be surprised at how good he was in non-comedic elements.

  • Alan,

    Hamm still deserves an Emmy, but it gets tougher and tougher when Cranston just keeps getting better and better.

  • great interview…. alfie really got into his character’s head and understood the conflicts he faced.
    as for season 3 if theon is part of it , i think it would very minimal as we saw jaimie this season…
    cant wait to see who they cast for ramsey…..

  • while on the subject of interviews… if I remember correctly, in the interview with nicolaj coster-waldau here on WIC he mentioned that he filmed a scene that is kind of related to WIC… any idea which one he meant?

  • Mr. Allen has done an amazing job!

    “Do you know what it’s like to be told how lucky you are to be someone’s prisoner?”

  • The V neck and crossed legs with the hand on the knee doesn’t exactly add points to straightness does it?

  • I just saw Alfie (no joke) on Saturday! We had a short conversation, and he introduced me to his photographer and all that. He’s a really nice guy, which means he’s quite talented (given how much America and elsewhere hate his character!). I thought I’d just mention that. :)

  • snowfire,

    He’s actually the straightest male cast member I’ve ever met. The shirt and the posture are both a little Euro.

  • I bet they have Ramsay being really carcastic to him first maybe calling him the prince of winterfell, making him seem at ease somwhat then all of a sudden smashing him in the face with something, then pinning him down add ripping the skin off a finger! Then it will be ‘take my reek to the dungeon’

    End scene

  • Dave: Alfie, yes, but how can Mark Addy be a surprise?

    He wasn’t, for me at least. But when he was first cast, there was quite a bit of criticism on here and other forums (that he wasn’t tall enough, wasn’t strong enough, came from a comedic background, and couldn’t carry the role).

  • Is this the man of whom was written the less-than-flattering number “Alfie”? Impossible! This is the man to whom should be written An Ode to Awesomeness! Love.

  • There’s certainly more than one strong performance this season, but I guess the problem with the Emmy nods is the lack of recognition of not only the actors’ face but their names, as well. The only one that people will recognize outright is likely PD’s.

    Maybe, since Mad Men and Breaking Bad will be done within the next two years, the doors will open for some of the lesser known actors, when it comes to awards.

  • Oh God, now we’re nit-picking the interviews???? Jesus H Christ on Popsicle Stick, you’re kidding, right??

    I mean, if only the terrible, unsuccessful networks like HBO, and the hacks like D&D, and the aspiring professionals (like the gorgeous Simone B) were as smart and great as the posters here, we’d have nothing to worry about.

    Lyne:

    one tiny observation: I wish you would just look at him unwaveringly instead of back and forth to the camera so much. IMHO, it feels a bit rude (and I’m quite sure that you are not, nor were you meant to be) – the subject should have your undivided attention.The audience will still be there, no need to constantly checking…

  • Lex: He wasn’t, for me at least.But when he was first cast, there was quite a bit of criticism on here and other forums (that he wasn’t tall enough, wasn’t strong enough, came from a comedic background, and couldn’t carry the role).

    I agree. I think a lot of people were skeptical with the initial casting of King Robert Baratheon. I think it took GRRM remarking that Addy was moving and heartbreaking in his audition tape that had a lot of us going “okay…i’m listening” and had us looking forward eagerly to his performance to see what GRRM saw. I was one of the surprised ones. Not only was he spot on as the character, he made me want more. I was saddened when Robert died not because I really enjoyed the character, but because it meant no more Addy.

  • Ed:
    Oh God, now we’re nit-picking the interviews????Jesus H Christ on Popsicle Stick, you’re kidding, right??

    No, I’m afraid I was not kidding at all, quite serious in fact.

    I mean, if only the terrible, unsuccessful networks like HBO, and the hacks like D&D, and the aspiring professionals (like the gorgeous Simone B) were as smart and great as the posters here, we’d have nothing to worry about.

    I’m usually a lurker who enjoy the show tremendously and enjoy this site very much. As a 15-year veteran in this field, I thought I would offer some pointers to this young lady. I’m very sorry if my comments should not be received in the spirit in which it was intended.

    anyway, back to lurking…

  • Alfie Allen. I love to hate you! You are sooooo very good!….and so very bad! Terrific job this season, can’t wait to see you in the 3rd season! It cannot come soon enough…..waiting

  • I respect your experience in the field, and it’s probably actually good advice.

    But for cryin’ out loud, just email her personally with it. You posting your “know it all” comments (even if you DO know it all) just sounds like typical pretentious bashing that so many here are known for.

    Lyne: No, I’m afraid I was not kidding at all, quite serious in fact.

    I’m usually a lurker who enjoy the show tremendously and enjoy this site very much.As a 15-year veteran in this field, I thought I would offer some pointers to this young lady.I’m very sorry if my comments should not be received in the spirit in which it was intended.

    anyway, back to lurking…

  • Lyne: No, I’m afraid I was not kidding at all, quite serious in fact.

    I’m usually a lurker who enjoy the show tremendously and enjoy this site very much.As a 15-year veteran in this field, I thought I would offer some pointers to this young lady.I’m very sorry if my comments should not be received in the spirit in which it was intended.

    anyway, back to lurking…

    Don’t mind Ed, he has to complain about everything and everyone