Envie, on 16 April 2012 - 02:07 PM, said:
I agree with you 100% In fact, I am starting to like the Greyjoy story arc more in the HBO series than I did in the books. There are SO many good stories from the various houses that its hard to remember some of them when you have your favorites of course... but I feel like the producers took Theon's story, and what a tragedy it is and really ran with it... it makes EXCELLENT television drama.
I'm going to confess, I actually felt like crying watching Alfie play Theon in the scenes with his salt water baptism and the burning of the letter. It was that powerful. I think because I know what ends up happening with Theon made it that much worse. I feel so damn sorry for this kid, yes even though he does some terrible crap and kills little kids at Winterfell. I feel like the show is making that future incident more believable and you can actually understand how very desperate Theon was to impress and win back his family's love. It's just tragic. He had no choice in any of it and it was hearbreaking to watch him pledge himself so fully and with such longing.
I felt it as well. The show is such a wonderful gift in that it adds so much life to the characters we love. Sure they might stray on the finer points but scenes like last nights really make up for it.
It will be interesting to see how Theon evolves in his next few appearances. Does the baptism mark the beginning of a completely remorseless despicable Theon are will he still struggle with his actions. My problem at this point is that they've made me like Theon, they've humanized Theon and I will have a hard time buying that he can
Will he just reconcile his actions with the need to prove himself to his father. Now that the stain of the Starks have been washed off of him by the Drowned God will he be completely different?
IronSuitor, on 16 April 2012 - 02:23 PM, said:
Dinklage deservedly gets all the press, but Alfie Allen and the guy who plays Balon quietly delivered one of the best pieces of acting in the show so far last night (They were helped by amazing camerawork as well).
One thing the show has over the books is the ability to use the human face. Balon came off as a stupid prick who was terrible to his son and made stupid choices in the books. He's all of those things in the show, but that one shot where Theon yells about him abandoning his only son as Balon walks out made him more human than the books ever did.
You could see the shame on his face, and it made it clearer than the books ever could that he is the way he is not because he is stupid or because he doesn't love Theon, but because the shame of that defeat has become who he is.
Balon in the books was nothing to me. He came off as a hardass and an asshole and then
In the show I'm presented with that stubborn ironborn attitude but I can also feel the pain and the pride and the shame. Malahide is amazing and they better keep him cast.