Thursday, 22 June 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #21 Theon Greyjoy

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 


Theon Greyjoy is the last surviving son of Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. Balon was a supporter of House Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion and in later years, he rebelled against King Robert. Robert and Ned defeated the uprising killing Theon's older brothers Rodrik and Maron. The terms of his defeat saw Balon agree that Theon would be taken as a hostage to Winterfell, where he would be Ned's ward, to ensure the future good behaviour of Balon. Theon was brought up with the Stark children, becoming best friends with Robb and coming to view Ned as a father figure.

When we meet Theon, he is an arrogant and cocky young man and not a nice person. He throws his weight around, and aims most of his barbs at Jon Snow, pointing out that it is fitting for Jon to receive the runt of the dire wolf litter to raise. He spends time in the company of Ros, his favourite prostitute but treats her as if she is his personal property, getting angry at the thought of her being with someone like Tyrion. He has the same attitude to other women as we see him trying to abuse Osha and grope Yara when he meets her. It is obvious that he is burning with anger and resentment every time someone reminds him that he is a hostage at Winterfell, not part of the family, and should be grateful for everything he has been given. It is difficult to feel any sympathy for how this makes him feel as he is frankly obnoxious, and talks down to those around him. It is also obvious that he is full of his own self importance, putting forward his opinions on everything, which often leads to a reminder of his actual status.

When Robb decides to raise an army to gain the release of his father, Theon is right by his side as a loyal friend, offering advice. He is also one of the first to hail him as King in the North and calling Robb brother. He offers to be Robb's envoy to the Iron Islands, to gain an alliance and the use of Balon's ships against the Lannisters. We see his arrogance again when he believes that he can persuade his father to make a deal, despite Catelyn's doubts over the idea. She has little time for the Greyjoys and even Jaime Lannister tells Jory that he doubts that Theon is a good lad. Theon gets a few unpleasant surprises when he arrives home to no joyous welcome and a father who despises him for being too much of a Stark and no longer a Greyjoy. Balon isn't interested in deals with Starks and starts planning an uprising in the North, led by Yara, not his son. Theon's embarrassing bragging and attempts to seduce Yara alienates him from his sister. The only moment where he shows his spine is when he rails at Balon for giving him away to the Starks, something that visibly upsets his father.

Theon is considering warning Robb about his father's plans but at the last minute decides to be loyal to his family. It turns out to be a fateful decision which will lead to the destruction of Theon and the Starks. The lack of respect from his crew leads to a desire to prove himself to everyone by disobeying his father and taking Winterfell instead. The betrayal of Robb is complete when Theon takes the castle. A furious Ser Rodrik rails at him and his men insist that the man be killed for his disrespect and Theon is forced by his mocking prisoner to do the deed himself as Ned would have done. Bran and Rickon are distraught by what Theon has done and they escape with Osha and Hodor. Theon is angry at being tricked and seduced by Osha to achieve their escape and sets off in pursuit of them. Unable to find them, Theon murders and burns two orphan boys to pass off as the Stark boys, knowing that Robb is going to kill him for his betrayals.

Maester Luwin tries to help Theon as the castle is surrounded by Ramsay Snow's men, offering to help him escape and urging him to go to Castle Black to join the Night's Watch but Theon believes that it is too late for him. He prepares himself to die with his men, trying to inspire them to fight with him, but they knock him out and prepare to hand him over to Ramsay in return for the freedom that Robb promised them. Maester Luwin tries to intervene and is murdered.

In the books, Theon is an even worse character who was waiting for a chance to get away from the Starks who he thinks of as his jailors. However he has no great love for his own family, plotting how he can further his own prospects as he returns home. He has no qualms about killing innocents, raping women and torturing people, fearing only failure. He considers Luwin's advice to join the Night's Watch, thinking of the glory he could achieve as First Ranger and Lord Commander. He is a vile character! 

There will be more about Theon and the Greyjoys as the posts progress through the remaining seasons of the show.

6 comments:

  1. Theon goes from being a mean arrogant jerk to being a huge wussy of a jerk. He only sort of saves himself when he ends up helping Sansa but that is later on. Theon's sister is much more likable than him and in my opinion, that isn't saying much!

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    1. He is way worse in the books Barb. I hate him in the series and I hate him in the books even more! I'll never forgive him for causing the death of Maester Luwin with all his carry on. I like Yara. She's feisty and fun.

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  2. I think I get PTSD when I see Theon's pic!!! omg! he is sooooo ridiculously weak and stupid but he did not deserve all the torture! I felt so bad for him :(

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    1. I always find myself thinking that if Theon hadn't betrayed Robb, none of the bad crap would have happened to him. He's horrible in the books!

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  3. Ah Theon! He's pretty nasty. I liked his chapters somewhat as we get a sense of the ironborn culture, and Asha is cool (Yara on the show I guess). Pyke is such a windswept gloomyish kind of place. But he's such a jerk, and what he does to those two crofters boys is unforgivable. I hated him after that.

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    1. I did like getting more about the ironborn in ACOK. With that and more about Stannis and Renly it really does add to what I saw in the series. I hated Theon as soon as he took over Winterfell. It just took him so long to help Sansa that I never felt he had redeemed himself for all he did.

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