Theon Greyjoy

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Theon Greyjoy
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Theon Greyjoy by Amoka©

Alias Theon Turncloak
Title Prince of Winterfell
Captain of Sea Bitch
Lord of the Iron Islands (by law of the Seven Kingdoms)
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture Ironmen
Born In 279 AC[1], at Pyke
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (POV)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (POV)

Played by Alfie Allen
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3

Theon Greyjoy is the son and heir apparent of Lord, later King, Balon Greyjoy. At the end of the Greyjoy Rebellion, Theon was taken as a hostage and ward to Eddard Stark. He became the captain of the longship, Sea Bitch.[2] He becomes a POV Character in A Clash of Kings. In the TV series, he is played by Alfie Allen.[3]

Character and Appearance

Theon is known for his arrogance and his cocky smile. He is a lean, dark, handsome youth of 19 years.[4] this collection of images.


Theon was a young boy of ten, when his father's rebellion was crushed and his two brothers were killed, making him the heir to House Greyjoy and the Iron Islands. He was taken as a hostage and ward by Lord Eddard Stark and has been raised at Winterfell for nine years since.[5] He was raised with the Stark children and tutored along with them in all disciplines. His relationship with the Starks was respectful, while he considered Robb Stark a close friend and brother. He feuded, however, with Jon Snow, the other outsider of the family. Theon sought approval from the Starks, but usually felt unsatisfied. He is a skilled bowman.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

A handsome and confident Theon Greyjoy – by Brittmartin ©

Theon is present when the Stark boys witness the execution of Gared, kicking the head afterwards.[4] He remains in Winterfell after Ned leaves for King's Landing to assume the position of Hand. During this time, Theon saves Bran from a group of wildlings and Night's Watch deserters, but Robb criticizes him for risking Bran's life. [7] This event wounds Theon. After the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, however, Theon becomes Robb's trusted battle companion. He fights at Robb's side at the Battle of the Camps and at the Whispering Wood, where he takes pride in coming very close to Jaime Lannister during the fighting. [8]

A Clash of Kings

Theon Greyjoy is rededicated to the Drowned God by his uncle, Aeron Damphair, upon his return to Pyke.[9]

Robb sends Theon home to the Iron Islands to offer Balon a kingship over the Iron Islands if he ravages the Lannister's coast with his longships. Balon and Aeron Greyjoy criticize Theon's mainland, northern ways and reject Robb's proposal.[10] Later, Theon meets his sister Asha, who flirts with him under an assumed identity and humiliates him. Theon learns of Balon's plans to ravage the North, but receives a position of extremely minor authority.[2]

Under the supervision of Aeron and Dagmer Cleftjaw, Theon commands eight longships charged with reaving the Stony Shore. He raids several villages and has some difficulty controlling his men. When Benfred Tallhart's Wild hares march to intercept him, he ambushes the party. At Aeron's insistence, he drowns the survivors as a sacrifice to the Drowned God of the Iron Islands. Dissatisfied with his duties and jealous of Asha's acquisition of Deepwood Motte, Theon formulates a plan to go against orders and capture Winterfell itself. He convinces Dagmer Cleftjaw to march on Torrhen's Square to draw out Winterfell's garrison.[11] With a small party, Theon raids Winterfell and overwhelms its remaining guards.[12]

With Winterfell under his control, Theon takes Bran and Rickon hostage. Theon has difficulty controlling Winterfell's population, many of whom are known to him. He frees Ramsay Snow, in the guise of "Reek", from the castle's dungeon and takes him into his service. Maester Luwin also serves Theon, and pleads for him to show mercy and tolerance. Bran and Rickon Stark manage to escape with the help of Osha, Hodor, Meera and Jojen Reed. Theon fails to track the boys down, however at Reek's advice, he kills two miller's boys around the same age and presents their preserved corpses as the Starks'.[13]

When mysterious deaths start happening to those of Theon's men who had been part of the search party (Gelmarr, Aggar and Gynir), Farlen is blamed by Theon who orders him to be put to death. As he was about to be executed Farlen pointed out to Theon that Lord Eddard did his own killings forcing Theon to do the deed himself. Theon however knew Farlen did not commit the murders, but it was in fact "Reek" who with Theon's knowledge killed the three ironborn to keep the secret of the "Stark bodies" more secure.[14]

Meanwhile Ser Rodrik has repulsed Dagmer Cleftjaw from Torrhen's Square. As the return of Winterfell's garrison looms, Theon reaches out to Asha for help. She arrives with her men, but tells Theon that the Ironmen will never succeed in holding landlocked castles. After leaving behind a token group of men, she abandons Winterfell and advises Theon to do the same. Theon rages that even his greatest achievement has earned him no respect from either the Northmen or the Ironmen, and sinks into despair.

He frees Ramsay to seek help at the Dreadfort before the garrison arrives under the command of Rodrik Cassel.[15] At the start of the parlay with Ser Rodrick Theon learns that he has acquired the moniker "Theon Turncloak", the name is as bitter as bile to him. As a final gambit, Theon threatens to hang Rodrik's daughter Beth if Winterfell is attacked. However, as Theon awaits Rodrik's decision, Luwin convinces Theon to join the Night's Watch, where his crimes will be forgiven and he can earn respect. Before Theon can surrender, Bolton men arrive and surprise attack Rodrik's forces, annihilating them. As Theon attempts to thank Ramsay, the bastard reveals his true identity, takes Theon prisoner and burns Winterfell to the ground.[16]

A Storm of Swords

Theon before and after his torture by Ramsay Snow - NotanerArt©

A piece of Theon Greyjoy's skin is delivered to Catelyn Stark during the Red Wedding. Theon is reportedly being flayed alive by Ramsay Snow at the Dreadfort.[17]

A Feast for Crows

Most of the Ironborn, including his sister Asha, believe him to be dead.[18]

A Dance with Dragons

Theon has been tortured repeatedly by Ramsay Bolton. Ramsay removes the skin on several of Theon's toes and fingers, leaving him in agony for days before removing the joints but only after Theon begs him to remove them. He broke and removed several of Theon's teeth because Ramsay hated his smiles. It is also implied, but not confirmed, that Ramsay removes Theon's genitals as well [19]. Theon is forced to take on the guise of Reek, Ramsay's former serving man. Theon is forbidden to bathe and is caked from head to toe in filth and excrement.

Due to the torture he endured at Ramsay's hands, Theon's appearance has dramatically changed. He looks like he has aged forty years and several of his teeth have been knocked out, many more are loose meaning Theon cannot even eat without suffering agony. Theon has lost three stone in weight, his skin has turned pasty, and his hair is white and brittle. He can no longer use a bow due to the loss of some fingers and hobbles like an old man due to the loss of several toes. [20]

Before he endures the worst of Ramsay's tortures, Theon once escapes with the help of Kyra (his former bedwarmer at Winterfell). It turns out, though, that they are allowed to escape by Ramsay. Ramsay lets them get a day's head start before hunting them with his hounds. Theon is taken back to the Dreadfort dungeon and Kyra meets a cruel and grisly death at the hands of Ramsay and his hounds. Theon is mentally and physically broken by Ramsay and lives in great fear of him. [20]

After Ramsay's father announces his return to the North, Ramsay has Theon washed and properly clothed, and sends him to deliver peace terms to the Ironborn occupying Moat Cailin, promising them food and safe passage if they surrender. When they do surrender, Ramsay has them all flayed alive and displays their skinless bodies along the road to the Moat. Theon is present when Ramsay is introduced to his bride "Arya Stark" who Theon instantly recognizes as Jeyne Poole.[21]

Because Theon was a ward of Winterfell for ten years and is the closest thing to kin "Arya" has, he gives the bride away at the wedding. Jeyne pleads with Theon several times before the wedding to help rescue her. Theon refuses.

During the wedding banquet being held in the hall Theon makes his way toward the front, someone calls him Theon Turncloak, men turn away at the sight of him, one spits. Theon thinks to himself that even the bastards of camp followers mock him. Theon doesn’t care, he thinks,

"Let them laugh. His pride had perished here at Winterfell; there was no place for such in the dungeons of the Dreadfort. When you have known the kiss of a flaying knife, a laugh looses all its power to hurt you". [19]

During the bedding Ramsay has Theon strip his bride for him and makes Theon watch as he humiliates and degrades her. [19] Theon silently hopes that when Stannis comes he will kill Ramsay Bolton.

When several Bolton men are murdered at Winterfell, Theon is thought a suspect. The idea is quickly dismissed by Roose Bolton, who claims that Theon is too broken and weak to have carried out the murders. The murders cause tension in the castle between the Freys, Boltons, Manderlys and other Northern houses.[22]

The musician at Winterfell "Abel" and six wilding spearwives disguised as maids are actually responsible for some of the deaths and use the confusion in the castle to free "Arya Stark," enlisting the help of a very reluctant Theon. In the end, Theon and Jeyne manage to escape and are caught by Mors Umber who sends them to rendezvous with Stannis's army a few days ride away.[22]

Asha is a captive with Stannis's army and barely recognizes Theon due to his torture at the hands of Ramsay.[23]

The Winds of Winter

Theon is now a prisoner of Stannis Baratheon, who plans to have Theon executed in order to placate the northern lords who want Theon dead for his murder of Bran and Rickon Stark, but Stannis intends to keep Theon alive for the time being as he might have useful information about Ramsay and Roose Bolton. After Asha's attempts to ransom him fail, she urges Stannis to execute Theon as Ned Stark would have; by beheading him in front of a heart tree. This is likely done in an attempt to spare Theon the agony of being burned alive as a sacrifice to R'hllor. [24]

Quotes by Theon

"The boar can keep his tusks, and the bear his claws. There's nothing half so mortal as a grey goose feather." [25]

Quotes by Theon in the Persona of Reek

"I'm not him, I'm not the turncloak, he died at Winterfell. My name is Reek, It rhymes with freak"[26]

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References and Notes

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