We know he’s coming in Season 6, but who is Euron Greyjoy and what is he up to?
Book spoilers and spoilers for Season 5 follow.
Civil war broke out way back in Season 1 and erupted in the War of the Five Kings in Season 2. Now four seasons later, Renly, Robb, Joffrey, and Stannis are all dead. Of the original contenders for power, only Balon Greyjoy is left alive. Which is weird because he’s been dead in the books for a long time. In excess of a thousand pages. But with little material left for them to adapt the show is finally turning to the Iron Islands. Balon is out and Euron is coming. Here’s everything we know about him.
The Borgias alumni will arrive in Westeros in Season 6, playing Euron Greyjoy. Before the casting was officially announced HBO was looking for a notorious pirate, and we don’t mean Captain Jack Sparrow. Fans speculated this role would be Euron, and when Ian McShane was announced as joining the cast many thought he would play Euron. Now we know Pilou Asbaek is Euron Greyjoy. You may also recognize Pilou from Lucy; A Hijacking; R; Sex, Drugs, and Taxation.
Euron Greyjoy before Game of Thrones
Euron and his older brothers convinced their father to go to war during Robert’s Rebellion, the war in which King Robert and Ned Stark fought to over throw the Targaryen dynasty. The Greyjoys’ father died in battle, and Balon, now Lord of the Iron Islands, returned to Pyke, their seat of power. Before they left the war, Euron sailed into Lannisport, the Lannister seat of power, and destroyed their fleet, a move similar to the one Robb Stark was planning on the show in Season 3 before his murder at the Red Wedding.
Balon banished Euron for either seducing or raping his salt wife, a woman captured and taken by force to the Iron Islands. Since then Euron has been sailing the seas with his ship, Silence, crewed by a group of men who’s tongues Euron has cut out. He also wears an eye patch, which hides that he has two different colored eyes, one an “evil” black, and one a “happy” blue. Euron is cunning, devious and delights in playing horrible mind games.
Euron has been raping and pillaging all over the world of Ice and Fire. He has been to the Shadowlands of Asshai (homelands of Melissandre, in the far east of Essos), and claims to have been to the ruined city of Valyria, which was the ancestral home of the Targaryens before it was destroyed (that’s where Tyrion and Jorah ran into the Stone Men). Euron supposedly also once had a dragon egg (there are supposed to be dragon eggs in Asshai), but threw it into the sea when he was in a foul mood.
Euron’s Return to the Iron Islands
This section contains book spoilers, many of which will probably be a part of Season 6. Balon Greyjoy dies under mysterious circumstances and suddenly Euron arrives to claim his throne. Euron is not a Point of View character in the books, so we have no idea what Euron’s actual plan is, but he seems to be steering the Iron Islands towards war. Yara is much more reasonable about the Greyjoys’ chances in the Westeros Civil War. They barely have enough troops to continue to fight, let alone do much of anything of consequence. But Euron arrives and promises to take the continent of Westeros using dragons. Seems crazy, right? But then Euron brings out his Ace in the hole.
Euron has apparently found the Dragonbinder Horn in Valyria. It is a twin to the Horn of Winter. Instead of destroying the Wall, (as the Horn of Winter is said to), when blown, any dragons who hear it will be bound to the Horn’s master. However, an inscription on the side of the horn says, the person who blows the Horn will die (though apparently not immediately, or else it wouldn’t be much use). Euron has designs on Dany’s dragons.
This plan gave rise to a popular fan theory that Euron Greyjoy and Daario, Dany’s assassin who switched actors from Season 3 to 4, are actually the same person.
If the theory was correct, then Euron was already putting his plan into motion under the guise of Daario. He already slept with Dany on the show.
This would have been cool, but it probably isn’t happening since we know different actors play Daario and Euron. Unless of course Daario is also a Faceless Assassin. Another strike against this theory is Euron would have to be criss-crossing the world in record time for this to make any sense. But there is a possible solution.
Euron has also apparently captured some of the warlocks of Qarth, who were condensed into Pyat Pree, who Dany burned to death in Season 2. Euron’s lips are blue like theirs because he drinks the shade of the evening like them. They have taught him magic. So he could be using their magic to travel faster than even Littlefinger.
Yeah, probably not.
What would make more sense is if Euron hired a Faceless Assassin to kill Balon. He could also be paying Daario, who could be in on Euron’s plan. You just look at Daario and know he’s up to no good. There is also the potentially super-spoilery report we heard about Euron we talked about last time. So Euron could be a big deal in Season 6. It is very possible the show will cut the horn Dragonbinder and use the Horn of Winter instead, which would mean that Euron has the powerful magical object that can destroy the Wall in his possession.
Whatever the case, this guy is likely to be the coolest side character to just show up out of nowhere since Prince Oberyn. Is it April yet?