11:21am PT by Aaron Couch
'Game of Thrones': Sansa's Return Could Send Theon to "Very Dark Places"
Could things get any worse for Theon/Reek (Alfie Allen)?
The character has suffered arguably the worst abuse of anyone on Game of Thrones, with the former lord spending season after season tortured and under control of the sadistic Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). Last Sunday's episode saw Sansa (Sophie Turner) return to Winterfell as Ramsay's betrothed, with Theon cowering away from her sight. And pottentially with good reason.
In season two, Theon betrayed the Starks and took Winterfell, going as far as faking the deaths of Sansa's brothers Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Rickon (Art Parkinson). As far as Sansa is concerned, Theon murdered her brothers. Though Ramsay's father Roose (Michael McElhatton) helped orchestrate the Red Wedding, it is conceivable Ramsay could "punish" Theon/Reek for displeasing his newly betrothed Sansa because of his role in betraying the Starks.
"There have been so many changes to the character throughout the seasons," Allen tells The Hollywood Reporter of the complicated role. "His destiny had always been decided for him. He's always gone to these very dark places."
Part of Theon/Reek's way of surviving is banishing memories of his former life, but seeing Sansa in last week's episode threatens that, with old memories "creeping back" for him. That could potentially spell further harm for Theon/Reek if he lets that happen.
"Those are feelings that are coming up again," he says of guilt over betraying the Starks. "He'll always be dealing with those. But it was definitely addressed in season three, and then again in season four with the shaving scene, so I guess it's everlasting.
He adds that as an actor, he embraces the dark storylines.
"In terms of could it go darker, could it go lighter? It's interesting to see what [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are going to come up with next. If it goes darker, then for me as an actor, that's something I can tackle."
Stay tuned to The Live Feed following Sunday's episode for a full post-mortem with Allen.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.