Originally Posted by niko
Does anything happen with the dude getting tortured? Any payoff? Otherwise i'm just going to skip that from now on, it's boring and disgusting at the same time.
Theon's story arc is one of the better in the series, rivaling Jamie's in it's ups and downs. But the payoff won't be for a while yet, and even up to date reading the endgame isn't entirely clear.
But I have to admit, the story at this point is not translating well to the screen. It's more about keeping track of the fact that he's been captured and is being tortured than anything else, and really could be limited to much shorter and less graphic moments just as a reminder.
That Talisa thing above was a fascinating concept. It would be awesome if that was the payoff. One of the things I've liked about the show vs. the book is I think the Talisa character is far more interesting than the Jeyne Westerling character in the books. And that would be a great added payoff in what is already going to be a huge moment.
(in fact, most of the women in the show are better than they read. Cersei has a lot more depth than I thought they'd ever muster out of what was a pretty written in stone character, and is a huge compliment to Lena Headey. And Margery Tyrell is also better on screen than what was a somewhat sketched version of her on the page IMO).
My only big gripe with the Talisa theory is that if it's true, how come Tywin continues to not know the status of Jamie. She'd certainly have gotten word to him at this point. It's not as if she doesn't know.