On Game of Thrones, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) spent the entirety of Season 3 being tortured by the sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon). We are now halfway through Season 4 and Theon is... still being tortured by Ramsay Snow. Will he ever escape? Read on to find out!
Warning! This article contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, click away now if you don’t want to know!
Disclaimer: The show has already changed Theon's story pretty significantly, so it could continue to diverge from the books.
When we last saw Theon he was headed to Moat Cailin, the last stronghold of the Ironborn remaining from their ill-fated invasion into the North. Now that Theon is finally out of the Dreadfort, will he be able to free himself from the clutches of Ramsay?
Not quite yet, unless the show continues to make major changes to Theon's story, which is possible. While Theon does make it to Moat Cailin, he is too afraid of Ramsay to turn against him. Theon aids the Boltons in getting rid of the Greyjoy contingency, resulting in a number of Ironborn being skinned alive.
However, a complication could arise in the form of Theon’s sister Yara, whose rescue mission to find her brother does not occur in the books. We’re not too concerned over this subplot amounting to anything, though. We think the Theon/Yara plot will play out similarly to the recent show-only plot of Bran being captured by the mutineers at Craster’s Keep and just missing out on reuniting with Jon. Yara will most likely arrive at the Dreadfort looking for Theon, but he won’t be there; he will have just left for Moat Cailin. So if Yara doesn’t rescue Theon, when will he escape?
Eventually, the Boltons move into Winterfell and invite all of the northern lords to a wedding. The wedding is between Ramsay Snow, who will then be legitimized as Ramsay Bolton, and a girl whom the Boltons claim to be Arya Stark (it won’t be the real Arya). Following the wedding ceremony, Theon will escape Winterfell during the chaos caused by rising tensions among the different houses (namely the Freys and the northern Manderlys, who lost many at the Red Wedding) present at the wedding. Theon’s freedom is short-lived, though, since he is immediately captured by Stannis Baratheon, who is planning to invade Winterfell and overthrow the Boltons. Poor Theon, the guy can’t catch a break!
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