Celeb Q&A: Alfie Allen

We caught up with Alfie Allen, also known as Theon Greyjoy/Reek, ahead of the sixth season of the hit show
Wednesday , 20 April 2016
Alfie Allen
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy/Reek
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Theon Greyjoy/Reek
Where is Theon as season six kicks off?
You find him running through snowy forests with Sansa [Stark]. They’ve just jumped off the wall of Winterfell and now they’re on the run from Ramsay [Bolton]. We come to a river and Sansa is too scared to get into it. So I get in. Don’t believe the press shots where it looks like she’s trying to get me out of the river – I’m actually trying to be the strong one and get her in the river. They make me look weak! It’s a good scene for Theon because he’s being way more assertive than he’s ever been. 
 
Is this part of the rehabilitation of Theon, after being brainwashed into being Reek?
Absolutely. I think that’s precisely what it is. It’s bringing him back to the strong warrior that he once was, before he became Reek. Of course, he’ll never be the Theon that he was, but the Theon he is now is just more forgiving, perhaps a better man.
 
What is Theon’s state of mind as he tries to leave the trauma of Reek behind? 
He’s just happy to exist. I think he just wants to right all the wrongs that he’s made, but I don’t think he knows how to do that yet. But the first thing to do is help his sister to gain control of the Iron Islands, because their father has been a bad king and they should be able to make the Iron Kingdom a great place again. I think that’s his number-one aim. However, he’s also got a certain amount of respect for Ramsay, as well as hating him. I think there’s that Stockholm Syndrome thing going on and if they ever did come face to face, it would be an interesting one.
 
What’s the new season been like to film?
Literally just to be moving around, saying stuff, has been great. When I was doing the recent seasons, even though it taught me a lot about acting with your eyes and your body language, you want to be able to say stuff as well. It feels nice to be able to play around with my voice again. 
 
The show is now ahead of the books – does that make it more exciting for the actors or more worrying, not knowing what’s coming next?
For me, it makes it more exciting. I try and lie to myself that I’m not excited, but in the weeks and months leading up to broadcast, I’m always thinking about it. 
 
If you could write a script for Theon yourself, what would you have him do? 
I’d like him to meet the Dragon Queen [Daenerys]. And they would create some sort of bond and then I get to ride a dragon. That’s what I want to happen.
 
How do you feel about the show getting bigger and more popular each year? 
I get recognised a lot more, and also it’s opening doors for me in this industry that I haven’t been able to go through before, which is fantastic. I just get to learn more about acting every year.
 
Do you think people are people now rooting for Theon?
Without a shadow of a doubt, yeah. People are definitely more empathetic now. There is a Team Theon, whereas before there wasn’t. I’m so happy that people are now taking some sort of joy from that storyline, which is great.
 
How do you think fans will react to the new series?
They’re going to lose their minds! You’re seeing characters that you really didn’t expect to cross paths, crossing paths. The weirder, the better and the more unexpected. The writers seem to be able to join those threads so easily.
 
INFO: Game of Thrones season six begins at 5am, Mon 25 Apr, OSN on Demand and OSN Play and 11pm, 25 Apr, HBO on OSN

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