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
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture Ironmen
Born In 279 AC[1], at Pyke
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Played by Alfie Allen
TV series Season 1

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] In the TV series he is played by Alfie Allen.[3]


He is a lean, dark handsome youth of 19 years.[4]


He was taken as a hostage and ward by Eddard Stark when he was ten years old and raised at Winterfell for ten years.[5] Theon was raised with the Stark children and tutored along with them in all disciplines. His relationship with the Starks was respectful and he considered Robb Stark his younger 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] He once killed a man who held a dagger to Bran's throat with one arrow.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Theon is present when the Stark boys first discover the direwolves.[8] 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 not acting sooner.[9] This event wounds Theon deeply. 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.[10]

A Clash of Kings

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.[11] Later, Theon meets his sister Asha, who seduces 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.[12] Under the supervision of Aeron and Darmer Cleftjaw, Theon commands eight longboats 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.[13] With a small party, Theon raids Winterfell and overwhelmes its remaining guards.[14]

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, and at Reek's advice, he kills two millers boys around the same age and presents their preserved corpses as the Starks'.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy ©

A Storm of Swords

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.[18]

A Feast for Crows

Most of the Ironborn, including his sister Asha, believe him dead.[19]

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. 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. 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. Several of his teeth have been knocked out and many more are loose meaning Theon cant 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.[21]

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.[22]

Because Theon was a ward of Winterfell for ten years, he gives Jeyne away at the wedding. Jeyne pleads with Theon several times before the wedding to help rescue her. Theon refuses. Ramsay has Theon strip his bride for him and makes Theon watch as he humiliates and degrades her.[23] 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, though, 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.[24]

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.[25]

Asha is a captive with Stannis's army and barely recognizes Theon due to his torture at the hands of Ramsay.[26]


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"The boar can keep his tusks, and the bear his claws. There's nothing half so mortal as a grey goose feather." - Theon[27]

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