Game of Thrones Season 2 Finale: "Valar Morghulis" left many characters' fates hanging in the balance, and none more so than Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). Last we saw him, the man who would be prince was betrayed by his own people and left behind at Winterfell, which then burned.

Did Theon survive, or is he as dead as Ned Stark? While we don't know exactly what the show plans to do, we have read the book series the show is based on, so we can answer this question with a fair amount of confidence.

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Oh, Theon lives, all right.

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Fine. In the books, Theon gets taken in by Ramsay Bolton, the bastard of Roose Bolton who was sent by Robb and Roose to take back Winterfell (a plotline that plays out a bit differently in the books, but that shouldn't change the overall direction of Theon's arc).

After the end of A Clash of Kings (the book Season 2 was based on) Theon doesn't show up again until the fifth book in the series, A Dance With Dragons; the Ironborn presume he's dead. But he's not dead, he's just being brutally tortured. When we meet him again, he's entirely broken and his mind is warped. It's pretty freaking messed up, actually. We're astonished Alfie Allen doesn't know the details of the difficult acting task that's in store for him.

We'll be interested to see how the show writers handle Theon's lack of presence in the next book. They might find a way to give him a bit more to do; Jaime had almost no scenes in A Clash of Kings, so the writers moved some of his story from the third book forward into this season. Perhaps they'll do the same for Theon. Or maybe we'll actually see Ramsay break him, instead of just the aftermath … not that we want to. Reading about it is hard enough; watching it would be nearly unbearable.

What do you think the show will do with Theon's story? Let us know in the comments.

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Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.

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