Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Riverlands
Re: Game of Thrones: Season 3. TV Series Discussion. NO BOOK SPOILERS...NONE
I absolutely still and probably always will sympathize with Theon. And I consider that his act of burning two young children who were completely oblivious to everything and completely innocent was one of the most horrendous acts committed by a central character.
I sympathize with him because of everything that led to his insane path. Theon was always a kid who never felt that he belonged anywhere. He was taken away from his home and his family when he was only 10 years old, lived the next 9 years with the Starks, strangers to him, and no matter how they treated him, he was always out of place. He never felt like he was a part of their family, no matter how much they treated him well, in the end he was just a ward, a prisoner to them because of his father's actions, not his. And then, when he finally returns to the Iron Islands, when he could finally feel what was to belong somewhere, he was just treated very poorly by his father like it was Theon's fault that he had to spend the last 9 years away from home. At this point, he just had to prove himself to his father in order to be noticed, in order to be appreciated, to be loved, to be recognized. The rest is history....
Take into consideration that all of this happened between his 10-19 years old, one of the most difficult, troublesome and important periods in any person's life.
This is why Theon is one of my favorites alongside Jaime, due to their complexity and tragic personas.
We Do Not Sow
"So many vows...they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It's too much. No matter what you do, you're forsaking one vow or the other.”
"Do you even know what honor is?" – Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully
A horse. – Jaime Lannister to himself
"Jaime Lannister sends his regards"