"All of us chose to follow Yara. We left the Iron Islands for Yara. She would never leave one of us behind. We're not leaving her behind."
Theon Greyjoy[src]

The rescue of Yara Greyjoy took place during Daenerys Targaryen's war for Westeros when Theon Greyjoy set out to rescue his sister Yara, self-proclaimed Queen of the Iron Islands, from their uncle Euron, the King of the Iron Islands and an ally of Cersei Lannister.

History

Prelude

"Not for me. For Yara!"
―Theon, after rallying Yara's remaining loyalists[src]

Near the end of the War of the Five Kings, Balon Greyjoy, who had declared himself King of the Iron Islands, was assassinated and replaced by his brother Euron Greyjoy. Yara, Theon, and their loyalists stole 100 of the best ships of the Iron Fleet and fled the Iron Islands, and made a pact with Daenerys Targaryen.[1]

During Daenerys Targaryen's war for Westeros, while Yara and Theon were sailing the Dornish back to Dorne, their fleet was suddenly assaulted by the Iron Fleet led by Euron. Theon escaped, and Yara was captured by Euron.[2]

The Rescue

Theon and his men secure the deck of the Silence.

While Euron is in the Red Keep with Cersei, Theon and his men sneaks aboard the Silence. They kill some of Euron's men and make their way to where Yara is being held captive, tied to a post. Theon kills the guard at the door with an axe and cuts her free. Yara knocks him to the ground for abandoning her before, but helps him back up for rescuing her. Together with their men, they escape the Silence.[3]

Aftermath

The Greyjoy siblings sail towards the Iron Islands.

Yara wants to sail to the Iron Islands and take them back from Euron, as this will give Daenerys somewhere to retreat to should the North fall, but Theon decides to go to Winterfell, to help House Stark. Yara, as Theon's older sister and queen, consents to this, and the two exchange the saying "what is dead may never die" before embracing.[3]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire books, no equivalent event has occurred; currently, Theon and Asha (Yara's name in the books) are held captive by Stannis. Euron - who does not care what has become of his niece and nephew - holds Aeron captive in his ship, and it seems the latter has no hope of escape.

Season 8 of Game of Thrones has surpassed the published books, so it is unclear if any similar event will occur in either of the remaining two books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

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