Theon Greyjoy – do you like him now? Did you ever like him? Will you ever like him?
As a writer, I find Theon by far the most interesting character in Game of Thrones. He illustrates a lot about how to make a character disliked. He also, in his long redemption, illustrates the techniques novelists and screenwriters use to build sympathy in a character.
Theon has had many of these sympathy building techniques applied to him in the course of his redemption, but here’s the thing – up until the very last scenes of the last series of the Game of Thrones TV series, they simply have not worked.
He’s particularly interesting when compared to another GoT character who has undergone his own redemption – Jaime Lannister.
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