Actor Pilou Asbæk has discussed what to expect from his villainous Game of Thrones character Euron Greyjoy in the upcoming seventh season. The hit HBO fantasy/drama, which is known for featuring some downright nasty characters like Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), will be returning to our small screens in July. This season will be filled with massive dragon battles, the war between the living and the dead and all the political intrigue surrounding the newly-minted King of the North Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Dragon Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
Each season has to have its big villain though and, while Cersei certainly would be up for the challenge to replace Ramsay as the next big-bad, she is going to have some competition from Euron Greyjoy - who was introduced last season as the murderous uncle to Theon and Yara Greyjoy (Alfie Allen and Gemma Whelan, respectively). Among other things, Euron pushed his own brother, King of the Iron Islands Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide), off a bridge into the treacherous sea in order to gain power.
Now, in a new interview featured in the July edition of Empire Magazine and found on Digital Spy, Asbæk talks about how Euron is going to outdo all of the other villains who have resided in Westeros and about the many dark sides to this Greyjoy we are going to see playout next season. Here is what Asbæk said about his character in season 7:
"The psychos I've encountered have so many different sides to them, so each scene I've done with Euron, I pick a new thing I wanna show. 'This scene I want to be charming.' 'This scene I wanna be a molester.' 'This scene I wanna kill someone.'"
On top of seeing the many sides of Euron Greyjoy, Asbæk also commented that Euron is going to make all the other Game of Thrones villains look like children. That's a big and bold statement considering Joffrey, who was a cake-walk compared to Ramsay, beheaded fan-favorite Ned Stark (Sean Bean) back in season one and tormented poor Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) until his death in season four, and Ramsay enjoyed human-hunting, tourchered Theon and brutalized Sansa during their marriage, before his death last season. Here is what Asbæk has to say about his character in comparison to Ramsay:
"After this season, Ramsay's gonna look like a little kid."
So far, not a lot has been revealed about Euron's story arc for next season, but we did leave off with his character claiming control of the Iron Islands from under Theon and Yara - and, after his niece and nephew made their escape with his fleet, he ordered 1,000 ships to be built to track them down. We also know through the Game of Thrones season 7 trailer, which shows a few glimpses of ships on fire and characters falling into the water, that there is going to be some sort of naval battle, possibly involving Daenerys and Euron. Seeing as Daenerys has a fleet sailing to Westeros and Euron's next tactic is to build a massive fleet, it wouldn't be surprising to see these two collide next season.
Game of Thrones returns for season 7 on July 16th.
Source: Empire Magazine [via Digital Spy]