Who will sit the Seastone Chair? I’ve been asking that question since season four of HBO‘s Game of Thrones ended and the series moved into the events of the fourth book in George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows. In the novel, the throne of Theon Greyjoy’s homeland is up for grabs; with his uncle Euron, known as “The Crow’s Eye,” a lead contender. It comes to a head at an event known as the Kingsmoot, in which damp men shout at each other.
After which, any chapter told from the point of view of an Ironborn — Theon, his sister, Euron, further members of House Greyjoy — features the phrase “sit the Seastone Chair” as leadership of the Ironborn is hotly contested.
When Thrones announced its season five additions, Euron and the rest of the Ironborn were conspicuous in their absence, suggesting the storyline might be dropped from the series. But sources tell Watchers on the Wall that Danish actor Pilou Asbæk will play the Crow’s Eye in the upcoming sixth season. According the report, Absæk was “spotted shooting today with the cast around Ballintoy Harbour, in a scene that involved a crowd cheering for Euron.” Which would appear to confirm that the Ironborn story will play out in the new season.
I became endlessly fascinated by the storyline as it appears to be superfluous for most of the book. In the end, it both serves as a microcosm of the problems in Westeros and offers a possible answer to a question long asked about Daenarys in Slaver’s Bay.
The same sources claim Gemma Whelan‘s Yara and another Greyjoy, a priest known as the Damphair, were also spotted on set, but there was no sign of Euron’s brother Victarion. Watchers on the Wall maintains the character has been deleted from the story.
Games of Thrones returns in Spring, 2016.
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