'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Will Make Euron Greyjoy a Much Scarier Villain

Saturday, 08 July 2017 - 7:05PM
Game of Thrones
Saturday, 08 July 2017 - 7:05PM
'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Will Make Euron Greyjoy a Much Scarier Villain
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Spoilers for the recent season of Game of Thrones below.

No matter how morally gray the characters on Game of Thrones get, there's always one character who is undeniably monstrous just to even things out. It was Viserys at first, and Joffrey came into his own soon afterwards, and then we got a couple seasons of Ramsay Bolton as the show's resident "complete monster." But now that Ramsay's dogs finally had their meal, that position is vacant once again.

And it's looking increasingly likely that Euron Greyjoy will be the next psychopath for the job. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Euron's actor Pilou Asbæk suggested that his character will get a new look and a more dangerous demeanor to match, becoming unpredictable and manic on top of his normal scheming. He's already hinted in the past that his character will make Ramsay look like "a little kid," and his new comments add to that - EW also noted Asbæk was wearing a Crossfit shirt during the interview, which only adds to how evil he is:

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"Ramsay was a great character and to me was 100 percent evil. I think Euron is not. I'm more like a hooligan. The guy you met at the Kingsmoot is not the guy you will meet on his ship - he's different with different people to get what he wants."
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Asbæk followed up by saying his character is just "f-ing enjoying himself this season," being a more charming villain who doesn't take himself quite as seriously as Joffrey or Ramsay's unshakeable sense of self-importance. It sounds like Euron's going to be more of a macho, impulsive villain a là Negan on The Walking Dead - but hopefully better than Negan. It's backed up by a statement from Thrones writer Dave Hill that Asbæk was cast in part of because of his perfect "resting maniac face." 



Either way, considering Euron's already murdered his brother Balon and nearly did the same to his niece and nephew, it's hard to imagine how he could get worse. Luckily, we also got a hint as to how Euron Greyjoy could get worse - there's a good chance he'll join Team Cersei in the upcoming war next season. More from Asbæk:

Opening quote
"For Euron, the question is, 'Who gives me the best odds?' Is it the dragon mother? No. Is it with Cersei? I think it is. Dany is still trying to be a good, decent, honest person. Cersei sold her soul many years ago. Maybe that's why Euron likes the idea of her."
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That may be a spoiler, but honestly, it's hard to imagine the character doing anything else. Even beyond Daenerys' moral convictions, the fact that she has the sympathies of Yara and Theon Greyjoy (and the big Greyjoy fleet they ran off with) would throw a big, medieval wrench in Euron's negotiations. Jon Snow up north has even stronger moral convictions, leaving Cersei as the only player who's willing to work with scummy dudes to further her interests.

If Cersei Lannister could make a deal with the High Sparrow who fell just short of saying out loud, "You are a sinner that I will eventually betray," obviously a charming renegade who clearly has his own agenda, like Euron Greyjoy, would appeal to her. But we'll found out later this month whether that's actually the case. After all, shocking twists are a big part of the show's reputation.

Game of Thrones returns on July 16, 2017 on HBO.
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