Alfie Allen sympathizes with 'Game of Thrones' character
Alfie Allen says Theon Greyjoy finally gains the respect of his men in the Season 2 finale of "Game of Thrones." (HBO / June 3, 2012)
"It's really cool," he told me Friday during a phone conversation. "For some fans it may turn out well and for some maybe not, but you can perceive it in any way you want, really."
"I don't even know whether I'm alive or dead yet, so we'll just have to wait and see," he added, laughing.
You can expect to see Theon struggle to hold on to Winterfell, where he was forced to grow up with the Starks after his father's rebellion was put down. We'll also see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) get further involved with his wilding captors, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) step into the House of the Undying to free her dragons and learn the fate of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) after the Blackwater battle.
There may not be another epic battle like last week, but "Valar Morghulis" should be an epic finale in its own way, Allen said. "It's going to be an amazing episode as usual," he said.
Allen talked more about the finale, whether he sees Theon as a bad guy and why he seems to be the go-to guy for nudity in the series, which is based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book saga and this season has averaged 10.4 million viewers a week.
First of all, what can you tell us about the finale?
I can tell you that Theon starts to get the respect that he craves from his soldiers for an instant. ... It all comes back around in a circle for Theon where I kind of realize I've done all these things for the approval of my father and he didn't even give me that approval and didn't give me that acceptance. I've got to carry on being this person I'm not really because otherwise no one is going to believe me ever and I won't even respect myself. ... I go outside and then deliver this speech to my soldiers and I think that they kind of start to respect me because they see I'm ready to die and then ... someone betrays me and it all goes icky. But it's cool.
Theon is kind of getting a bad rap this season, I think. Do you like playing him?
I love playing him. Yeah, it's good. He's really interesting and he is just he's not—he's not really—I don’t think you can even classify him as a baddie. I mean I think that's the sort of thing with “Game of Thrones,” there’s not really any baddies or goodies. Everyone’s got their own reasons for being the way they are. And they've got their own cause or fight, but yeah, I think he's one of the more human characters on the show for sure that people can relate to, I think anyway.
Yeah, you know when I told some people I was going to the interview today and whom you play, they said, “Oh I hate that guy.”
[Laughs.] Yeah, I know. I think there is definitely a group of people out there who kind of sympathize with him, but yeah, some people just don't like the character at all, which is kind of carrying on the same vein as the books, but I think in the TV show he's more of a different character than even from the books.
I think there is definitely more space [in the show] to feel sorry for him. In the books I think he's set out to betray Robb right from the start and he doesn't really know what he's doing up until his sort of family rejects him and the humiliation sets in and that's what kind of sets him on the path he goes to making all those rash decisions.
I find him to be very sympathetic in that he's sort of stuck in this weird place.
Yeah, exactly. He's forced into doing all this stuff because he's desperately trying to prove himself to himself and to his family and trying to sort of find some sort of power and authority in his life because for his whole life he's not had any sort of input into his own fate. He’s not able to make any decisions about his own life, and then at the point where he does sort of start to be able to do that [things don’t work out].
I just say if you're going to tell a lie tell a big one and I think that's kind of what Theon is thinking; if he's going to do it, do it the point of the fullest he can, to his full ability. And if he's going to do all these despicable things, make sure they're big things because once you've done it you can't go back. He's at the point of no return and I think he's knows that and so he's trying to be this person that he isn’t really and you'll see all that come out in Episode 10. That's cool.
But you do believe that he and Robb definitely had a bond and like a sort of brotherly love?
And he didn't set out to betray him.