Spoilers from the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones lie ahead! If you haven’t watched, you might want to take off like Jaime on horseback. If you don’t get that joke, then we know you haven’t watched, but your choice!
Moving along, it’s been a long, tough road for Theon Greyjoy. Especially in previous seasons, in which he suffered at the hand of the sadistic Ramsay Bolton and became Reek. But Game of Thrones Season 7 was no picnic for Theon either, with his uncle Euron stirring the pot while attempting to claim the Iron Islands for himself.
Euron went so far as to attack Theon and his sister Yara’s fleet while they were en route to King’s Landing as one part of a meticulous plan to win the Iron Throne for Dany. Their evil uncle eventually captured Yara and challenged Theon to save her, but he couldn’t do it (because, Reek trauma). Even worse, he jumped ship and left Yara with Euron.
It’s awful, but Theon’s choice made sense.
Be honest, do you really think you’d fare much better after going face to face with Ramsay Bolton? And it’s not that we think he has any making up to do, per se. But after the attack, we think we could pretty much all agree that it’d be nice to see Theon attempt to save his sister from his uncle’s clutches. Thankfully, that’s exactly what he set out to do in the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale.
Back at Dragonstone, Theon speaks with Jon about his decision to be honest with Cersei about siding with #TeamDany, thus putting their potential alliance against the Wights/White Walkers at risk. But Jon is noble first and foremost, like Ned (but don’t go calling him Ned’s bastard!). “I always wanted to do the right thing, be the right kind of person, but I never knew what that meant,” Theon tells Jon. “It’s always seemed like there was an impossible choice I had to make: Stark or Greyjoy.”
Jon says Theon hasn’t lost the Stark part of him, despite betraying Ned’s memory (by attacking Winterfell after Ned’s death). Jon then forgives Theon for what he can and adds, “You don’t need to choose. You’re a Greyjoy, and you’re a Stark.” So, Theon takes Jon up on that whole not choosing thing.
Jon gives his blessing and, inspired by his brother from another mother, Theon sets off to save Yara.
But he needs to convince the Iron Islands crew hanging at Dragonstone to go with him. He tells them they chose to follow her, and can’t leave her behind. But they aren’t receptive. Their leader of sorts says Yara has to be dead by now and in so many words, “Who is Theon to tell them to save her when he left her to die in the first place?”
Theon owns up to being a “coward,” but he and the leader soon get into a brutal fist fight. This guy beats the shit out of Theon, but when he attempts to knee him in the groin, Theon gets the upper hand and wins. (That’s perhaps the only time that Ramsay’s sadism worked to his advantage.)
Now, we’re not condoning violence here, but watching Theon do whatever it took to get these men to support him in his quest to save Yara was truly inspiring and heartwarming. Finally, he was able to overcome his trauma (probably not fully, but in this moment) for the sake of his sister. And it appears we weren’t the only ones who saw it that way, because the other men soon agreed to help him.
Now, knowing Game of Thrones, there’s a good chance Yara is still very much in danger. Let’s just hope it’s not a situation in which they arrive in time for Euron and/or Cersei to put an end to her. Remember what Ramsay did to Rickon “I can’t zigzag” Stark?
Considering, we’re certainly hoping for the best and rooting for Theon’s redemption, but not ruling out some pretty serious trouble for the Queen of the Iron Islands.