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Alfie Allen: Theon will move beyond his Reek years in Game of Thrones season 7

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Actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) recently made Variety’s list of 10 Brits to Watch in 2017, and dropped a small hint about Theon’s journey in Game of Thrones season 7. Variety writes that, according to Allen, “Theon has moved on from his “Reek” years in the upcoming season of “Thrones.””

The 30-year-old Allen has been with the show wince season 1, and said that “it’s basically been my 20s.” Since his first appearance in 2011, Theon has been through the ringer, to put it mildly. What might a Theon who’s moved past his time as Reek mean? Let’s take a look at Theon’s past and extrapolate.


The only surviving son of Balon Greyjoy, Theon was taken as a hostage by Ned Stark after Balon’s failed rebellion. Ned and Catelyn treated him kindly enough, raising him beside their own children. Yet there was always some bitterness in him. You could see it in the way he laughed at the deserter from the Night’s Watch before Ned Stark executed him in “Winter is Coming,” the pilot. When the Stark boys found the litter of direwolf pups, Theon wanted kill them, before Jon stopped him.


In season 2, Robb Stark marched south to war, and Theon was an invaluable part of Robb’s inner circle. But when Robb sent Theon to the Iron Islands to enlist the help of Theon’s birth father, Balon Greyjoy, Theon turned on Robb, choosing instead to help his father mount another rebellion. When Theon and his force of Ironborn soldiers invaded Winterfell, he executed Ser Rodrik Cassel and murdered two miller’s boys.

But his infamy wouldn’t last, as someone far more twisted than he was about to enter the game: Ramsay Bolton, then Ramsay Snow.

Ramsay took back Winterfell at the behest of his father, Roose. He took Theon prisoner, and mercilessly tortured him throughout season 3. He even removed Theon’s body parts (including “Theon’s favorite toy”) and sent them to Theon’s father and sister as a warning to leave to North.


By the time season 4 rolls around, Ramsay had brainwashed Theon completely. He now went by Reek, and did whatever Ramsay bid, up to and including joining Ramsay when he hunted people with vicious hounds. So under Ramsay’s control was Theon that he even helped his master turn Ironborn soldiers, his own people, out of Moat Cailin. Ramsay killed them all, even though he’d promised to let them leave in peace.

By season 5, the Boltons had taken up residence in Winterfell, and Theon/Reek went with them. Reek served Ramsay during the day and slept with Ramsay’s dogs at night. When Sansa Stark was brought to Winterfell to marry Ramsay, Theon slowly started to come back to himself. Brainwashed or not, he still felt ashamed for betraying Sansa’s family, and seeing Ramsay abuse her like he’d abused others, together with Sansa pressing Theon for help, made him realize he could still try and make up for what he’d done. And the end of the season, Theon and Sansa escaped Winterfell, and Ramsay, together.

Sansa and Theon, or Reek or whatever, in Winterfell--Official HBO

In Season 6, Theon parted with Sansa, who now has Brienne of Tarth as a protecter, and returned home to the Iron Islands. After a tense reunion with his sister Yara, he was thrust back into the spotlight when he spoke on his sister’s behalf at the Kingsmoot. But when the Ironborn chose Euron Greyjoy to be the new king, Theon and Yara escaped across the Narrow Sea and made an alliance with the Dragon Queen, Daenerys Targaryen.

Theon and Yara Greyjoy

By the time season 6 ends, Theon has regained much of his old self. He is now acting as an advisor for his sister, Yara, who has designs on being the Queen of the Iron Islands. He has atoned somewhat for his crimes against House Stark by helping to save Sansa from Ramsay and by telling her that her younger brothers still lived. This Theon seems far more patient and wise than he was before he became Reek, when he was impulsive and brash.


Hopefully, we’ll see Theon continue to grow in this direction in season 7. And when he finally comes face to face with Jon Snow, who surely wants to punish him for what he did, perhaps the cooler-headed Theon will prevail. If Theon truly has moved on from his Reek years, then I hope he survives the rest of the series.


  • Alfie is one of the three best actors on the show imo. I hope Theon survives too. Not many people would’ve guessed he would be one of the survivors.

  • Since season 5 I have been of the shamefully belated opinion that Alfie Allen is the best actor on the show, and Theon Greyjoy the most fascinating character with the greatest arc of them all.

    For some reason, many people seem to disregard Theon as a character of any importance, but it’s a fact, that Theon (not Yara or Euron) is one of the main characters, and with an actor such as Alfie, it would be foolish and a waste of talent for D&D not to use his full potential and give him more screen time. The only way forward is forward and of course, Theon’s leaving Reek behind ever so gradually. No matter what, Theon is not Theon pre Reek anymore, that personality died while he was Ramsay Bolton’s captive/slave. The new Theon (which is the true Theon) is not only wiser, kinder and more levelheaded; he’s going to be important for the endgame, I’m sure.

    Alfie Allen can look at a rock and move me to tears, but fortunately I’ve got a strong feeling, that season 7 is going to be a big one for Theon Greyjoy and I can’t wait.

  • AA really brings Theon/Reek to life on the screen and as already stated, is underrated in the role. It would be nice to see some redemption just in terms of getting his manhood back; no pun or joke intended. In my opinion and in no particular order – Allen, Dillane, and Dinklage – are the top dogs in terms of their portrayals in a cast that’s filled with absolute killers when it comes to acting chops.

  • Before Ramsay died, I always hoped that he will survive the battle and escape to Dreadfort. It would be cool if the ultimate moment for Theon to become a true man again would be his reunion with Ramsay in season 7 and facing his worst fears face to face.

    Another thing which might give Theon more strength to become a true Ironborn again would be if that captain’s daughter from season 2 appears again with Theon’s bastard.

        • That confrontation seems very GRRM to me. An underestimated underdog put into a situation with little chance of winning. The perfect redemption for a Greyjoy “We do not Sow”. I think the chances are high because of the leaked photos.

          • I am absolutely certain Theon will face Euron. Whether it will be during a Trial by Combat or not I can’t say, but I am certain they will meet. Like Bandit77, I believe it’s very in line with GoT/GRRM if Theon whoops Euron’s a** and as we know, a vast majority believes Theon will die… and thus, he most likely won’t. :) It will be a glorious sight!

          • Defeating Euron would be one of the top moments of the entire series if it happens, and if it’s written and directed well. I have no doubt Alfies acting will be outstanding!

          • “What is dead may never die” could refer to Reek briefly replacing Theon. Once the old Theon is dead, he may be the true one chosen by the Drowned God.

  • I am constantly blown away by Alfie Allen’s multilayered acting. That scene where he parleys with the Ironborn at Moat Cailin on Ramsay’s behalf, as Reek ‘pretending’ to be Theon, was stunningly good. I don’t understand why he hasn’t garnered a pile of award nominations. Granted, Theon’s arc is one of the most satisfyingly complex that the books had to offer, but Nina Gold absolutely did strike gold in casting Alfie. I hope he gets offered a ton of great parts once his GoT time is done. And I really hope Theon/Reek gets an ending worthy of both the character and the actor.

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