It’s no secret that “Game of Thrones” Season 4 won’t follow the series’ formula of having its biggest shocker happen in episode 9. According to Alfie Allen, viewers won’t have to wait very long at all to be completely stunned by the HBO series.
“There’s a few big things that happen throughout the [season]. Because usually it’s a build-up to episode 9, but I think they’re going to try to shock a few people by putting something in very early on,” he teases to Zap2it during an interview to promote the Season 3 Blu-ray.
He adds, “There’s a moment which happens which I’m very, very looking forward to. You know, there’s always a lot of death, a lot of love, a lot of dragons in ‘Game of Thrones,’ so definitely I’m looking forward to something that happens quite early on.”
In previous seasons, the buildup to episode 9 and subsequent falling action and wrap-up in episode 10 formed the spine of the show’s story arcs. So how will having multiple surprising climaxes happening throughout one season affect the feel of this season?
“It’s a good question,” Allen says. “I guess we won’t really know until it actually airs and see what the audience’s reactions are. But I think [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] know exactly what they’re doing, and so I wouldn’t really be able to answer that question. But they definitely would. They’ve definitely got a massive game plan going on for sure.”
As for Theon, Allen finds himself in a unique predicament because what will happen on screen with his character is completely unique to the TV show. In George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, readers only caught up with Theon after he’d been a captive of Ramsay Snow for a length of time, so seeing him actually be tortured is something that the “Game of Thrones” series is taking creative license with.
“Well you’ve just got to wait and see,” Allen hedges when asked for a tease of Theon’s Season 4 story. “But yeah, in the books, it happens off [page], so it doesn’t happen in the writing, it just happens sort of being spoken about. So yeah. I guess David and Dan figured that I was worthy of that sort of process.”
Allen says he didn’t get any pointers from Martin about what happened to Theon during that time he was absent from the novels.
“I just figured I think at this point we’ve all sort of been given the freedom to sort of just make it our own really,” Allen says. “At the beginning I wanted to do George Martin’s Theon justice and follow that, but I think now he’s happy to just let things roll and let things go the way that they will. I think he trusts us enough for that to take place now.”
One thing that Allen is most looking forward to in Season 4 and beyond is “just sort of seeing where my character goes.” “I know what happens in Season 4 but I don’t know what happens after that,” he says. “I honestly have no idea. So just wait and see what happens then.”
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The Season 3 Blu-ray, DVD and digital download is on sale now.