Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen talks missing members and off-screen goading
You film GOT for four months of every year. Is it like going back to school?
Nah, it’s exciting; going back to school was crap [laughs]. I always look forward to it when it comes around every year, but you just never know whether you’re going to be in the next series, so there’s always a bit of trepidation.
When did you first notice that it had gone from a cult thing into a phenomenon?
It was when I was in Australia, just after Series 2. Me and my manager were driving down the coastal road and we stopped at this middle-of- nowhere coffee shop, and these two guys came up to me and went, “Oh, you’re that dude from Game Of Thrones?” It just blew my mind that these guys, who I eventually found out were in the Australian rowing team, had recognised me.
Have you had to field lots of questions about your character Theon’s, um, missing appendage?
That’s something I get asked a lot now. Jon Snow gets ‘bastard’, Joffrey gets ‘arsehole’ in general, and I just get ‘dickless’.
What’s your first thought when you see something like that in the script?
I kind of had an inkling that it might be coming, but I just thought it was funny. And also, for Theon, that’s his only position of authority – in the bedroom. So having that taken away from him means he’s reduced to just nothing. It’s quite a difficult thing to get your head around.
Most of your scenes are in Belfast. Any rivalry or jealousy aimed at the guys in Croatia and Iceland?
There are different benefits to each place, but I would love to go out to Croatia at some point. The only rivalry on set is between me and Iwan [Rheon, who plays his torturer Ramsay Bolton] with him being a Man United supporter and me being an Arsenal supporter. We use that as inspiration for our scenes.