Where Did Game Of Thrones Leave Off With Theon & Yara Greyjoy?

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We all know the top sibling duo of Game Of Thrones is the golden-haired power couple of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. But, they're not the only brother-sister pair to watch out for in Thrones season 7. Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) have emerged as major power players in Westeros — and, thankfully, they're not even sleeping together.
The Iron Islands royals were split up as children — a young Theon was sent to the Starks as a captive-slash-"ward" as punishment for the Greyjoys' rebellion — and were therefore never close. Yara became a great Ironborn ship captain, while Theon grew up behaving more like a Mainland lordling than a reaver. After years apart, and a few of bizarre, sexual, or violent moments, it's officially Yara and Theon against the world.
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To remind you how exactly the Greyjoy siblings ended up fleeing their home together, and partnering with a certain dragon queen, we recapped their season 6 journey. Scroll through the gallery for all the details you definitely forgot about Yara and Theon. Their final moments in season-ender "Winds Of Winter" couldn't be more epic.
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Theon Leaves Sansa To Head Back To The Iron Islands

Game Of Thrones season 5 began the Theon Greyjoy Redemption Tour, and season 6 brought it all the way home — literally. The man who betrayed Robb Stark and pretended to roast Bran and Rickon Stark alive manages to help Sansa Stark escape Winterfell and her sadistic rapist husband Ramsay Bolton. He even murders an actual villain along the way (Ramsay’s equally sadistic girlfriend Myranda) as opposed to two farmer children.

He leads Sansa across a freezing river, urges her to accept Brienne Of Tarth’s protection, and bemoans all of his past, bloody misdeeds. When Sansa decides to head to Castle Black to find her "half-brother" Jon Snow, Theon cries and announces he can’t go with the eldest Stark daughter. First of all, Jon will probably hang Theon for all of his crimes, and secondly Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and her squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) will take much better care of Sansa than he ever could. Instead, Theon decides to head back home to Greyjoy homebase, Pike.
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Theon And Yara Reconnect (Without Any Incest This Time)

Hey, remember when a cocky Theon first returned to the Iron Islands in season 2’s "The Night Lands?" He managed to manually pleasure his own sister about three seconds after he stepped foot on Pyke. Oh man, that was bad.

Well, Theon doesn’t do that the second time he arrives back home, in, well, "Home," since can actually recognize his sibling this time and was completely zapped of his libido by Ramsay’s mutilations. Now the problem with the prodigal Greyjoy son’s return is his father Balon Greyjoy’s untimely death, which was actually a murder. Also, Yara is still furious with Theon for refusing her season 4 rescue mission at the Dreadfort, where many of her men were slain by Team Bolton. All in all, it’s a terrible homecoming.

The only thing that saves this awful reunion is Theon explaining he very seriously does not want to be the next ruler of the Iron Islands and will support his sister’s claim to the Salt Throne (not to be confused with the Iron Throne).
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Euron Greyjoy Enters The Kingsmoot Mix

Theon lives up to his word and declares his support of Yara during the Kingsmoot in episode 6, "The Door." Unlike the rest of Westeros, the Iron Islands must "elect" their next ruler, although the choice is almost always the next male Greyjoy heir. This time things are different, as the two oldest Greyjoy sons were killed in the Greyjoy Rebellion years ago, Yara is the most qualified, and Theon would like to be in charge of absolutely nothing for the rest of his days.

When one of the Ironborn questions why Yara is demanding to be named queen when Balon’s sole male heir has returned just in time, Theon gives a rousing speech about why is sister is the "rightful ruler" of the Iron Islands. It’s a beautiful dedication. Then, just as everyone realizes #TheyreForHer, Yara and Theon’s uncle Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) appears to claim the Salt Throne.

Remember when we said Balon was murdered? Well, it was actually fratricide, as Thrones shows Euron tossing his older brother off of a bridge in “Home” and then he admits to the crime at the Kingsmoot. Now he would very much like to be king, build a giant fleet of ships, and use the boats (and certain allegedly large appendages) to seduce Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The sexist men of the Iron Islands fall for all of this bigly talk and vote for Euron.
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Theon & Yara Flee The Iron Islands

With everyone chanting “Euron! Euron! Euron!” Yara and Theon realize they need to get out of Pyke ASAP. During Euron’s very salty coronation, the siblings gather their remaining supporters and flee using the best ships on the island to start their own alliance with Daeny first. Euron immediately demands every person on the Iron islands starts building a fleet of 1,000 ships to challenge his niece and nephew’s armada.

With Euron just starting to make ships, Yara and Theon have some time to hang out in an Essosi brothel. There, Yara gives Theon a very harsh pep talk where she forces him drink ale and tells him to kill himself or get his head in the Game (Of Thrones). I told you it was harsh.
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Daenerys & Yara Begin The Greatest Feminist Alliance In The Thrones World

The Greyjoy siblings arrive in Mereen to begin their partnership with Daeny. As in Pyke, Theon again has to explain he’s "not fit" to rule the Iron Islands. Tyron Lannister (Peter Dinklage) couldn’t agree more, since the Greyjoy son was rude to him during his season 1 visit to Winterfell.

So, the Khaleesi and Yara banter about the lack of queens in their respective homelands, terrible fathers, and a possible marriage proposal. Although no one is getting engaged, Daeny agrees to the proposed alliance, requesting the Ironborn stop reaving, raiding, and raping throughout the Seven Kingdoms. Yara agrees. Cue the dramatic music and a handshake between two literal queens.
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Everyone Heads Back To Westeros

Game Of Thrones season 6 ends with Daenerys leading the 100-ship Greyjoy fleet across the Narrow Sea with Yara and Theon in charge of the boats behind her. Between them you can spot ships filled with Dothraki, the Unsullied, and Daeny’s closed advisors. And, of course, the dragons are overhead.
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