Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) recently stopped by the Malta India Fan Con in Puerto Rico. He was interviewed on stage and said what he could say about what’s coming for Theon and others in Game of Thrones Season 7, as well as discussing his character’s journey more generally. Check out the video here, or head below for highlights.
Obviously, Allen isn’t going to spill any big secrets here. (When someone asks him if he can talk about the possibility of a relationship between Daenerys and Jon Snow in the final two seasons, he simply says “No” and moves on.) He does give us a few things, though. For example, one fan asks how Theon will feel when he reunites with Jon Snow and Sansa. His response: “You mean IF that happens. Gotta stop looking at the internet, guys.”
I would say he’d feel horrible. He’d feel awful. He’d see it as a chance to redeem himself.
He also teases the final two seasons of the show more generally, albeit playfully. According to him, Seasons 7 and 8 will have “more of the same, but better. More torture! More dragons!” Good to know.
Speaking of torture, Allen discussed what it was to play all those gruesome scenes with Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton). “I looked a lot in to Stockholm Syndrome,” he said. “I researched that, because there’s definitely a bit of that between Ramsay and Theon…Reek! Sorry, Reek…There’s kind of a love-hate relationship going on there.”
We’d imagine the hate goes a bit deeper than the love, especially now that Theon is out from under Ramsay’s thumb. And we may not be done sorting through the fallout of Theon’s lengthy servitude under Ramsay, not if some of Allen’s other comments are any indication.
The writers make my job a hell of a lot easier…I kind of tried to change the voice of the character and…his body language. And…to always be overly aware of his surroundings…And just to be quite skittish and to be full of fear, basically, and then that can kind of, I guess, evolve into rage, which you might see. Who knows?
Theon’s fear might evolve into rage, huh? Against who, I wonder.
Here are some other tidbits from the interview:
- The interviewer spends a lot of time talking about Allen’s fitness routine. “Can we see that six pack, though?” she asks. Allen: “It’s not there anymore! I’ve got one in the fridge.”
- Allen talked briefly about George R.R. Martin’s role on the show: “He comes on set from time to time, not so much anymore. But when he does, it’s definitely an event.”
- Allen’s “favorite bit” from the show is the scene from Season 2’s “Valar Morghulis” where Theon gives a rousing speech and is then promptly knocked out by one of his own men.
- Allen doesn’t think Theon would make a good king: “For one, he can’t reproduce an heir. But then at the same time, that would be good, because then he gets to choose [his own heir]…He’s been humbled so much now as a man, he’s quite wise to the ways of the world.”
- If Allen could play any other character on the show, he would play Ramsay. Maybe that Stockholm Syndrome goes deeper than we think.