Originally Posted by bruce73
FWIW, I have never read the books and try to steer clear of the book/spoiler debates, but I came to the same conclusions as rflor about Theon based solely on the scenes presented. The galley scene clearly shows Theon's arrogance (carried further in the interaction with his sister), shedding substantial light on his character, possible motivations, and how things might play out with his father and the Starks. If this is depicted in the book as well, fine, but the mere mention of that is hardly in spoiler territory.
My 2 cents. ;-)
Again, I never thought of Theon as a person of good "character", but because of his loyalty to the Starks, I was on the fence about him being a "bad guy". It's like the King, I couldn't stand his character, but he really loved Ned Stark, and although they argued, you knew he could never bring himself to do harm to such an honorable man and friend.
Theon had more "telling" scenes in season 1, but he's also been very loyal to the Starks. At the end of this last episode, we are shown that his father is definitely not a "good guy" and can fall squarely in the "bad guy" realm--leaving the audience with the question "who will Theon follow, his father or the honorable Starks?"
By saying that scene on the boat was fleshed out more in the book, and at the same time saying that Theon isn't a "good guy"...it leads us to conclude that his bad side will win the battle over his honor. That's how this show has been setting up his character from the start--which way will he go? Will he fall to the Iron in his blood or stay true to the Starks?
Some might speculate and say "oh he's definitely going to turn against the Starks to get in good with his father", while others might say "No, he'll end up having to betray his father to help the Starks win the war"...guess which way I'm leaning now?...all because the "book" was mentioned in the same breath as the phrase "isn't the good guy". That's why they keep on, keeping on, reminding people to NOT discuss the books AT ALL in this thread--because something that seemed so innocent and generalized, could still be considered a spoiler.
I'm not mad, and for all I know I could be wrong about what was implied in that statement--the reason I'm not mad is because they've portrayed him as someone that could one day betray the Starks, so I knew it to be a strong possibility, but there was room to entertain the hope that his honor would prevent it from happening.
Edit: I keep saying his honor, but it's really more about "loyalty to the Starks"...don't know if I could really call him an honorable man, because some of his actions--like groping his sister--I wouldn't consider honorable lol.