setting aside the fandom wank, what did you think about the way Theon was portrayed in this episode?
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want scenes with him that didn’t need vigilant defending in terms of the long-term plot…There was an equally frustrating scene in SE5 where Theon betrayed Sansa’s (unreasonable) demands to help her escape that was both in-character, realistic and yet radically misunderstood by fans as pure cowardice…And that scene panned out in the end with Theon saving Sansa so perhaps he’ll save Yara from Euron…But I doubt the fandom at this point will ever largely turn in Theon’s favor.
I think they find it more palatable to imagine strength and bravery in a very specific way. But that’s also in my opinion a view of strength and bravery that favors the utterly unrealistic.
But in terms of character writing and acting last night’s scenes were in my opinion very good. Theon fought for a long time and he fought well and in the end it wasn’t enough, the battle was lost both internally and externally…And it was to be honest an impossible battle to win. Euron kicked Yara’s ass.
…I can’t even ever express how good Alfie Allen is at portraying Theon. He nails the internal sass and internal/eternal tragedy, the conflict was displayed beautifully.
He literally showed a man fighting and then fighting not to fall apart, then falling apart and internalizing that perceived and yet inevitable failure as he finds himself alone in it.
I don’t think I can even ever recall a bad Theon scene in the show in terms of at the very least Alfie Allen’s portrayal of the character across a difficult arc, across many writers and directors over all the years it’s taken to do that work…I wish the fandom at large saw things differently but they don’t.
I feel very lucky that the show sees Theon’s arc, as unpopular as it is by many fans to be an arc worth seeing to the end…Or at least I hope they see it to the end…And by end I mean not as a sacrificial lamb to some “stronger” character’s cause but as a story that inspires a realistic sense of hope for the hopeless.
I’m sorry if this is so…Hard to follow. It’s hard to avoid inelegant writing when I’m this frustrated with the fandom.