Alfie Allen, who is reprising his role as Theon Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones” for his sixth season this year has a history of mercurial relations with the press. Allen, after landing in hot water with HBO for his proclivity to overshare enthusiastically, seemed to have decided to play his cards close to his chest this year. The actor, who has been told by George R.R. Martin Jon Snow’s fate, remained tight lipped this year, when it came time for interviews. Many commented that Alfie was being evasive in interviews, even compared to his colleagues who are all under the same instructions not to give anything away about the upcoming season. Lately, Allen must have gotten tired of giving nonsensical answers (“Jon Snow is alive, but he comes back as a mouse,” the actor informed an interviewer— the reply was not the first or last of the actor’s hilarious, albeit incredibly unhelpful responses when questioned about Season Six). Yesterday, Allen simply described in great detail every plot point for Theon and Sansa’s arc in the first episode of Season Six.
In a move that seems unprecedented, especially with HBO cracking down on spoilers after the leaks last year, Alfie Allen left nothing to the imagination.
“At the beginning of (season) six, you find him running through snowy, freezing forests leading the way with Sansa. They’ve just jumped off the wall of Winterfell and now they’re on the run from Ramsay. And we’re running through and we come to a river and Sansa is just too scared basically to get into the river. So I get in. Don’t believe the press shots! It looks like she’s trying to get me out of the river, when I’m actually trying to be the strong one and get her in the river. Makes me look weak. Haha.”
Well, now we know that Theon and Sansa make it to the ground in one piece. Allen continues, elaborating on Theon’s motivations to protect Sansa at all costs.
“He sacrifices himself, because I guess he hasn’t really got much worth or meaning for himself in the world anymore. And so he leads them away – or rather that’s what he’s trying to do.”
Allen’s narrative gets a little muddled, but it sounds like Theon and Sansa split up in an attempt to bait the Bolton soldiers to follow Theon, an attempt that fails, which makes a lot of sense, because at this point Sansa is much more of a priority to the Boltons than Theon, politically. Allen continues on.
“In fact he doesn’t lead them away, because they see Sansa anyway and then Gwendoline Christie turns up as Brienne of Tarth and smashes everyone to shit. Dan Portman’s there — Pod — and then Pod ends up having a fight with this guy and then Theon stabs the guy in the back with the sword. He kills someone for the first time in ages, which must be a gratifying experience.”
Again, this makes a lot of sense based on what we’ve seen on the trailer. It sounds like Brienne will finally get a chance to protect Sansa, and do some major damage to the Bolton’s soldiers, thanks to some help from Podrick and Theon.
This information is important for several reasons. It means we don’t have to worry about Theon and Sansa being seriously crippled by their fall, or about them getting recaptured by the Boltons. One person I’m worried about, however, is Alfie Allen. I’m not sure what caused him to reveal so much, but given that HBO is extremely dedicated to keeping spoilers to a minimum, something Allen surely knows after six years on the show, it seems that if HBO didn’t approve the actor revealing so much, he may get more than a slap on the wrist. One wonders what would motivate Allen to be so careless; could it be that his character is dead, and his career on “Game of Thrones” is over, so he doesn’t care about the consequences of violating HBO’s privacy? Of course, Allen is rarely incredibly serious in interviews, and I wouldn’t put it past him that he’s simply feeding us some type of misinformation. This theory is a little difficult to believe, however, when considering how closely the footage we’ve seen from Season Six so far follows with Alfie’s narrative.
Overall, this is an interesting development and it will be interesting to see what comes of it. Watch Game of Thrones season 6 online starting April 24th.