Lord Ben, on 17 April 2012 - 11:46 PM, said:
IMHO his greater responsibilities were to his family. Robb was foolish for trusting him. They kept him hostage and didn't get invaded for ~15 years, they released him and were invaded within a few weeks/months. You don't live long trusting the Ironborn.
While I think that Robb was an idiot to send Theon away, it's clear that the ironborn were going to invade with or without Theon. It was already in the works when he arrived. Now, Theon leaving Robb probably cost them Winterfell and made it impossible for Cassel's men to root the ironborn out of the other northern keeps they took, sure. But the invasion itself was coming regardless.
Gurkhal, on 17 April 2012 - 11:47 PM, said:
What choice was he given? He certainly wasn't allowed to say and do "No, I'm going home to Pyke and my biological family."
Did he ask to? I don't recall anyone holding him at knife-point in Game of Thrones when he swore fealty to Robb.
Edited by Apple Martini, 17 April 2012 - 11:50 PM.