As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m strangely enamored with the Ironborn storyline in George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series. So fascinated by its damp men arguing over who will sit the Seastone Chair, that I was saddened when it appear the story would not be told in HBO‘s adaptation of the series, Game of Thrones.
Taking focus in the fourth novel, A Feast for Crows, the fight for the Seastone Chair — throne of the Iron Isles and currently occupied on the show by Theon Greyjoy’s father Balon — is introduced by two characters more or less new to the series, Theon’s uncles Aeron, a priest also known as the Damphair, and Victarion, an Iron Men admiral. A couple of chapters are presented by Theon’s sister, called Asha in the books, but renamed Yara in the series. After the tumultuous events of the previous book, chronicled in season three and four of Games of Thrones, it was jarring to be taken back to this part of Westeros via rarely seen or entirely new characters.
Even as I hoped to see the events of these chapters play out in the television series, I wondered which character the producers could use to focus the story on and give the audience someone they’re already invested in to vie for the Seastone Chair. It seems I have an answer. According to Watchers on the Wall, the GoT fansite that broke the Euron Greyjoy story a couple of days ago — which has since been confirmed — sources spotted Alfie Allen in the show’s Irish sets filming scenes with Ironborn. Which, considering the timeline of the books, was the last character I ever thought to involve in the story. On the show, it makes total sense with Theon and Sansa jumping from the walls of Winterfell at the end of Season Five and needing to get far from Winterfell. Granted, Theon’s not entirely popular with his own people, but he’s better off there than with Ramsey Snow.
It also means, potentially, both characters will be involved in answering that most important question: Who will sit the Seastone Chair?
Watchers on the Wall also hears word that Jamie Lannister’s A Feast for Crows hunt for Catelyn Stark’s missing uncle in the Riverlands will be adapted and that Arya Stark may also make her way to that Westerosi locale.
With all these seemingly abandoned book storylines coming to the show, could Lady Stoneheart be far behind?