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Come Sail Away: Here’s Where Theon and Yara Are Headed on ‘Game of Thrones’

‘Game of Thrones’: Theon and Yara were forced to get out of dodge after the Kingsmoot goes south and Euron lands the support for the Salt Throne. But where will they go?

Each week we have a discussion about the next episode of Game of Thrones. But after Season 6, Episode 5 we had more things to talk about than ever! So we split up the more prominent ideas to better focus on each discussion!

Just like those discussions I’ve brought my colleague Erin Qualey here to assist in all the speculating goodness!

In last week’s episode, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) was out to murder his niece and nephew but Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan) got the jump on him and took the best ships in the Iron Fleet. So where will they go on this seafaring adventure? Are there any allies left in Westeros that would accept them after everything Theon has done?

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Erin: I totally think these two are headed for Winterfell. Theon knows that a big battle is about to happen. He’s indebted to the Starks, and the Starks need to bolster their army, so it’s a match made in heaven! Well, kind of. Jon is going to have to forgive the whole betrayal of Robb / taking of Winterfell thing to begin with, but in this case Theon is really ready for redemption… and he also needs a new home.

Julie: I agree! Theon has earned an audience with Jon. He did protect Sansa (Sophie Turner). I mean, I have my issues with that plot line but Season 6 has gone to great lengths to repair those issues in most cases, so no need to dredge up that salt mine. Plus Theon and Jon have something in common in Ned (Sean Bean) raising them. There’s that scene in Season 3 when Theon calls Ned his father that will always break my heart.

Prior to that moment he talks about how Robb (Richard Madden) was a pure Stark. Stark is so much more than a well-respected house, and Theon says that Robb fit his name better than his clothes. His betrayal didn’t really bring on the events that lead to Robb’s death, it just made things a lot harder because Theon became another enemy. But he ended up being captured by the very men who had murdered the only real family he had ever known. To fight alongside Jon would be to honor Robb. Much like Jon honors his brother and now Ned in his new uniform.

However, I don’t think Theon and Yara will find their forever home just yet. There’s a nanosecond shot from the official trailer with what appears to be Yara and and another woman having themselves a grand old time. The question is where does this occur? Does Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) set up a brothel in Moat Cailin while he waits out Sansa? Or do the Greyjoy siblings take a quick little holiday since they don’t have to be involved in the wars to come?

Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: lady-arryn via Tumblr

Erin: Hmm, I’m not too sure that’s Yara in that shot. Given the decor, it also looks like it might possibly be a shot from across the Narrow Sea, and I’m not sure that Yara and Theon could’ve gotten there so quickly – even if they do have all their badges in sailing. If they are across the Narrow Sea, perhaps they’re trying to offer their ships to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) before Euron can? That would be quite a smart move, but not totally fitting with their storyline.

I guess I’m just kind of hoping that Theon meets up with Jon and Sansa. He might not be a Stark in name, but he’s definitely one of the family, kind of like cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch… only not nearly as adorable.

Julie: Game of Thrones is notorious for speeding up trips that should take much longer. Especially when very little time has passed. Theon’s trip home this season alone was speedy, nevermind the fact that he found a ship that accepted him aboard even faster. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Yara and Theon could end up anywhere they please in the Seven Kingdoms.

In any case, I agree with you. It’s quite ambitious to go after Dany especially since it makes them a target for Euron. Why not go somewhere he won’t find them? They took the best ships, but it’d be wise to fly more neutral standards if they want to be welcomed anywhere.

Plus, I’m not sure Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) would be willing to make an alliance with the Greyjoys. And, if they make it all they way to Meereen, that’s who they’ll be dealing with. It definitely doesn’t jibe (yay sailing words!) with their storyline as we’ve been anticipating it but Season 6 has been of surprises.

Alfie Allen & Gemma Whelan as Theon & Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: theladyasha via Tumblr

If they’re smart, they’ll head for Jon, land at Moat Cailin, and team up with the only person sleazy enough to both work with them as well as use them for his own gain. Coming across Littlefinger would give him an opportunity to make Yara, Theon and company the first defense against the Boltons for the Knight’s of the Vale. Theon is a face Sansa would trust. And Baelish has never been a man to give up a cause.

Erin: Yaaaas! I was hoping that they would head North. It’s so funny that the Iron Islands was this little nothing on the Game of Thrones map, and it’s become pivotal in the eventual “Song of Ice and Fire” that the show has been prepping for this entire time. If and when the Starks ever meet Dany in battle, we’ll also get to look forward to the battle’s B side: Yara vs. Euron.

It’s also entirely possible Theon and Yara make a stop and then never make it to their intended destination. The sea is a dangerous place and ships sink all the time! But would the show get rid of the Greyjoy siblings in on giant wave? Share your own thoughts in the comments!

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