A character fans loved to hate is definitely gone as of this week’s Game of Thrones — and we’re not talking about that little blonde tyrant.
The drama’s star Alfie Allen tells TVLine that his first Season 4 scenes as Reek, which we saw in Sunday’s episode, prove that Theon Greyjoy has left the castle.
But is the change, brought on by merciless torture at the hands of Ramsay Snow, permanent? Read on as Allen previews whether Balon Greyjoy’s abandoned son is likely to regain his mojo this season.
TVLINE | In the shaving scene, Reek certainly has opportunity and motive to kill Ramsay. But he doesn’t. Is that choice proof that he’s left Theon behind and become another person altogether?
Reek, for a moment, visits that old Theon again when he hears about that news of Robb Stark’s death, but I don’t think he is on the verge of slicing Ramsay’s throat. I don’t think that even crosses his mind for a second, because it’s far too big a step to take to do that. He is way too frightened to do that at that point.
TVLINE | How much did you know about flaying before you started doing this role?
[Laughs] I had no idea about flaying at all. It’s pretty gruesome. There’s something, which you’ll see later on, which is very interesting. It gets pretty cool. But no, I didn’t know anything about flaying. I didn’t even know what it meant… It’s awful.
TVLINE | The last update we had from the Iron Islands, Balon Greyjoy seemed to care less that Theon was in big trouble, but Yara decided to do something about it. Are we going to get to see her ride to her brother’s rescue?
Well, you’ve just got to wait and see, but there’s more to come from Yara, definitely. Gemma Whelan does a fantastic job of doing it ,and yes, I’m really glad that I get to do stuff with her… I mean, yes. She comes back to save me. So we will see what happens after.
TVLINE | Theon has either lost or been rejected by the authority figures from whom he’s sought approval — his father, Ned Stark, Robb. Do you think now he looks for Ramsay’s approval in any way?
Well, no, because he’s Reek — he’s a different person.
TVLINE | So you’re playing him as a completely different person?
Absolutely, yes. Absolutely. I mean, that’s the sort of turmoil he’s in, and it’s interesting to try and do it that way — and refreshing.
TVLINE | What can you tease about the general trajectory of Reek’s story this season?
It goes down, down, down… and then a little up.