‘Game of Thrones’: Alfie Allen Talks About “Dark, Dark Moments” as Theon Greyjoy

Alfie Allen is a talented actor known for his role as Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. His character went through pure hell as a slave to Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon), and somehow overcame it all. His character arc came full circle in the final season of the series. He finds forgiveness in sacrificing himself. In an interview with Deadline, Allen talks about Theon and what it was like to deal with the dark material his character went through.

Alfie Allen believes Theon always had a shred of humanity in him

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Alfie Allen | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Playing Theon was a unique experience for Allen. He fully believes his character always had a sense of humanity in him. His journey revolves around him trying to find himself and who he truly is. In the end, he makes the right choice.

“I do think he always revolved around a shred of humanity. He’s constantly having to go back and question what that is,” Allen explained. “I think he kind of expects it all to make sense when he goes home, in the second season. He expects that identity for himself to be revealed, once and for all. And that’s not what he gets.”

Theon Greyjoy had a lot of dark moments

Allen was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as Theon Greyjoy in the final season. He actually self-submitted for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. His hard work has paid off, especially after everything his character went through in the final season.

“Even up to the point of getting an Emmy nomination, this character did make me get inside my own head a lot, and there were dark, dark moments,” Allen continued. “To have fans give the character a pat on the back after all of it, and end it on a note of positivity for Theon, that feels nice.”

Alfie Allen is amazed at his nomination

Allen spoke with EW about his Emmy nomination and how unbelievable it all is for him. He considers it an honor, but fans know he truly deserved it for all his hard work as Theon Greyjoy over the years on the series.

“I wasn’t expecting [the nomination], it’s incredible,” Allen said. “There are a lot of actors I admire in that category, just to be there is amazing, just came home now with my dog and letting it sink in. It’s just an honor, man, it’s just amazing.”

The ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners tried to prank Allen

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The Late Late Show with James Corden and guests David Oyelowo, Alfie Allen, and RuPaul. | Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images

It turns out that the showrunners of Game of Thrones, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, tried to unsuccessfully prank Allen into believing his character died in season 2. Allen revealed the details to James Corden on the Late Late Show.

“At the end of the season, there’s a — well, the script was given to me, and basically, I kind of give this rousing speech, if I may say so myself,” Allen explained. “So at the end of this speech, Bran [Isaac Hempstead-Wright] sort of pops out from somewhere and stabs me in the chest and says, ‘This is my Winterfell, not yours.’”

Though they expected Allen to be upset, he really wasn’t. “I think about three weeks past where I had kind of finished my shooting for that season, and people in the cast were kind of telling David and Dan — because they had given me this fake script with this kind of fake ending — that maybe you should tell him that it’s fake,” said Allen.

Eventually he learned that it was all a joke. “So yeah, people decided to tell them that maybe you should call him, ’cause he might be tearing his hair out, but I wasn’t, I was sunbathing,” Allen explained.

Allen would go on to last until the final season on the show. His character had arguably one of the best overall arcs in the series. Alfie Allen will always be Theon Greyjoy to true Game of Thrones fans.