As we draw nearer to the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere, the actors from the show are beginning to surface and give those oh-so-tantalizing interviews about the upcoming season. Always careful not to give too much away, but just enough to whet the appetite of the media and the public, these interviews serve to make these last few weeks until the season premiere that much more bearable. Today we’ve got a hefty interview from Junkee with Alfie Allen, who portrays Theon Greyjoy.
This interview had a lot of filler, so I’ll just bring you some of the highlights. Allen was asked about Theon’s revelation to Sansa, in Season 5, that her younger brothers were actually alive, and if it was too optimistic to think that Theon would now be responsible for a future Stark reunion:
I think the word optimism doesn’t even exist in the world of Game of Thrones…No, no, no it’s just… it has very dark sides to it. Definitely my storyline is one of the darker ones. But personally, if I was going to see anyone on the throne, it would be Bran Stark. You know, if he ever comes back into the show… fingers crossed.
Junkee had the immediate reaction I had when reading Allen’s response, which was: does the Iron Throne really matter anymore? Allen’s response is absolutely perfect:
Yes, I think it does. Power corrupts, babe. You’re going to think that you don’t want it, but then when you get it, it feels pretty good.
Of course, the horrible events of Sansa’s wedding night were discussed. Allen’s take was that he didn’t like to talk about it, and would rather defer to Sophie Turner on the matter. However, he did say that shooting the scene was difficult for everyone involved, and that Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) lost sleep over it.
But I think it was very delicately handled and if it can be beautifully done, then it was beautifully done.
He also talked about how, two episodes after Sansa’s rape, an eight-year old was burned at the stake, and no one “seemed to care too much about that.” That led to a question about about the bleakness of Game of Thrones, and how in today television seems to be more depressing.
Is it relentlessly bleak? I guess that’s the beauty of it. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside one second and the next you’re literally like, ‘Oh my god’. The perfect example is the Jaime and Myrcella scene on the boat, when he’s been yearning for some sort of identity as a father figure…He suddenly gets this moment with his daughter and then she’s taken away from him just like that. It is relentlessly bleak, but it gives you warm butterflies sometimes.
Allen is asked about the possibility of Theon reuniting with the other Greyjoys, and the actor was predictably dodgy. He talked about Theon being disowned by his father, Balon, and leaves it there. We’ve theorized that Theon will go back to the Iron Islands at some point during Season 6, but I guess we will have to wait until April to find out for sure.