“Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen didn’t have an easy time of Season 3. His character, Theon Greyjoy, spent the entire season largely locked up in a torture chamber and, barring one ill-fated escape attempt, was strung up to a torture cross and had horrible things happen, like his penis getting cut off, for 10 episodes straight.
While that sounds horrifying to the uninitiated, this development came after Theon Greyjoy did something unforgivable in Season 2. In an attempt to impress his father Balon Greyjoy, Theon returned to Winterfell, which had been a home for him during the years he was a ward of Ned Stark, and was involved in the burning of it to the ground as well as killing some of its most treasured inhabitants. Allen admits that Theon deserved his torturous arc in Season 3.
“Without a doubt, he had it coming,” Allen tells Zap2it while promoting the Feb. 18 release of the “Game of Thrones” Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD. “I mean, you know, in his defense I always just say that he’s just a very bad decision maker. And, you know, that through whatever reasons they may be that he makes bad decisions, he’s always trying — he’s not trying to be bad, do you know what I mean? He’s just trying to be Theon Greyjoy and this person that he thinks he should be.”
This is (hopefully) the worst things get for Theon, even though he’s still a captor of Ramsay Snow when Season 4 starts. Allen teases that the capture and torture by Ramsay might make Theon into a better person overall.
“We’ll see what happens, but I guess when people get brought down to earth they tend to get humbled. So we’ll see what happens with Theon, but I would say I would hope something like that happens,” he says.
While Theon and Ramsay are enemies on screen, Allen and Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay, are good friends off. Developing that friendship was something Allen says was very important to him to do before their characters traveled down their dark Season 3 journey.
“I just thought it was very, very important to try and be friends with him and to not try and be actor-y or just to build a trust between us,” Allen explains. “Because we were in this situation together as actors — I mean, not as the characters — as actors we’re in this situation of being in a dark room together for long, extended periods of time. And so yeah, we just needed to be friendly I think. And it’s weird.”
He continues, “It was weird at first when we’d be in a room doing these horrible things and then we’d go out to dinner in the evening, having a glass of wine, talking about our torture scenes. It was a bit strange at first, but I guess it’s cool, when people do come up to you in the street … they literally cannot get their heads wrapped around the fact that we might be friends. So that is really cool. You know, but we are, we’re very, very good friends.”
As it turns out, the only thing that makes them enemies in real life is their allegiances to UK football teams. “He’s a Man United sport, I’m an Arsenal fan, but whatever. That’s it,” Allen reveals with a laugh.
“Game of Thrones” Season 3 arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on Feb. 18. Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.