Largely sitting on the edge of events in Game Of Thrones Season 1, Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy – ward of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and loyal friend/brother to Robb Stark (Richard Madden) – begins to play a greater role in events, dispatched to rouse his estranged family on the Iron Islands to enter the war alongside the Starks.
“I really enjoyed getting to meet the cast who’re my family in it,” said Allen to SciFiNow about Season 2, “getting to know them and just sort of who they were going to cast – it was interesting.
“The girl who plays my sister [Gemma Whelan plays Yara Greyjoy] is amazing, she’s really, really good and a really cool girl. In terms of playing him as character, it was good to find similarities – and don’t ask what they are, please! – between you and the character, and it was a journey playing it.”
Allen clan gossip aside, Alfie was clearly stoked to see Theon Greyjoy stepping up to the plate.
“Yeah, definitely, definitely,” the actor agrees. “Obviously when I got the part I knew it was one of the main roles, but then I realised it was a background role in the first series and I was itching to get into it in the second series.”
It must be satisfying as an actor knowing that there’s this wealth of material to draw on for your character, and those who have read the books know that this is but the beginning of Theon Greyjoy’s dramatic – and traumatic – character arc.
Yeah, exactly,” Allen enthuses, “it was just great, man. I’m so happy to be a part of it, I still can’t believe it to be honest it’s still not sunk in even yet.
“I think with the DVD launch it’s going to be like The Wire in that it’s already achieved some cult status but it takes a while to achieve that. I think when it came out in box set – it took five or six years for it to come out – and it became really, really big in the UK, and I think the DVD launch will definitely get the ball rolling.”
Game Of Thrones Season 2 begins April 2 on Sky Atlantic HD.
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