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"Greyjoy Rebellion - Theon Greyjoy"[3] is the second short of the second season of Histories & Lore. It is the twenty-sixth short of the series overall. It was released on February 19, 2013 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season. It was narrated by Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and written by Dave Hill.


Theon Greyjoy tells a conflicted tale of the Ironmen's desire to be free, recounting his father's reasons for rising up against the forces of King's Landing, and the price he paid for failure.[3]


Theon Greyjoy: When Aegon and his dragons burned Harren the Black and all his sons at Harrenhal, the days when men feared the sight of our longships were over.

Aegon would not permit marauders and raiders in his Seven Kingdoms. With Harren died our empire and the Old Way that forged it. But what is dead may never die.

Six years after Robert Baratheon won his crown, my father, Balon Greyjoy, sought to restore our ancient rights.

He declared the Iron Islands independent, and himself its king and sent the Iron Fleet in a daring raid on Lannisport where they burned the Lannister ships at anchor, making us unchallenged in the Sunset Sea.

This was the seed of our undoing.

My eldest brother, Rodrik, led a frontal assault on Seagard, a town built to protect the mainland from us. After ferocious fighting beneath the city walls, he was slain by Lord Jason Mallister, and his men defeated.

By this time, Stannis Baratheon had brought Robert's fleet around Westeros and somehow managed to trap the Iron Fleet at Fair Isle, smashing it.

Robert's victory was now all but assured, yet we made him bleed for each island.

Stannis Baratheon captured Great Wyk, the largest of the Iron Islands, and Ser Barristan Selmy himself subdued Old Wyk. Robert and Lord Eddard Stark led the main assault against the island of Pyke.

They razed the town of Lordsport to the ground before Robert turned his full fury on our family's stronghold. When they breached the walls, the first through was Thoros of Myr with his ridiculous flaming sword, followed by every minor lord of Westeros hungering for glory.

My other brother, Maron, was killed when the siege engines brought down a tower on his head. I was now my father's only living son and heir to the Iron Islands.

When my father saw that his cause was lost, he wisely conceded defeat to Robert, who otherwise would have pulled down our castle stone by stone with us in it.

As my father said to me then, "No man has ever died from bending his knee. He who kneels may rise again, blade in hand. He who'll not kneel stays dead, stiff legs and all."

As it stands, Robert allowed my father to keep his lands and title as Lord of the Iron Islands, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, Lord Reaper of Pyke.

For a price. His last son and heir shipped off to Winterfell as an "honored guest."

I would eat at the Starks' table and play with the Stark children. And if my father rebelled again, Lord Eddard Stark would take his sword and cut off my head. It would be his duty.








Behind the scenes[]

  • This is the second of four shorts on the Greyjoy Rebellion.
  • According to this short (and also the shorts which Robb and Stannis narrate), the Greyjoy Rebellion occurred six years after Robert's Rebellion. While this is true in the books, it is not true in the TV continuity. The TV series added an extra two years after Robert's Rebellion so that it occurred seventeen years before the narrative begins, instead of fifteen years before as in the books.
  • According to the books, Balon Greyjoy indeed once said that there is no shame in bending the knee, but he said that to his daughter, not to Theon.

In the books[]



  1. Charlie Harwood (November 19, 2012). Release Date & Details for Game of Thrones Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 2: "Greyjoy Rebellion - Theon Greyjoy" (2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.