Pilou Asbæk, who plays Euron Greyjoy on Game of Thrones, talked to Variety about that awesome naval battle at the end of second episode (Stormborn) of season 7, where we saw his character capturing Yara while his nephew Theon jumped off the ship to save his life. Here are some interesting bits from the interview:
Euron seems to have a little more swagger than he did last season. Are you playing him differently?
No, I’m actually doing what I did in [Season] 6 as well. I’ve always considered him to be a comedian. He was very different on the bridge than he was in the throne room, than he was at the Kingsmoot. To me he’s one of those sociopaths that can transform. He adapts to the environment that he’s in. He’s a survivor. You can say there’s been an update in the costume department.
What was it like shooting the naval battle for “Stormborn”?
I was living out one of those childhood dreams. You’re on a boat in Belfast in the middle of the night with an incredible stunt department and some great actors in Alfie [Allen, Theon Greyjoy] and Gemma [Whelan, Yara Greyjoy]. If you’ve seen what I’ve done in Danish cinema, it’s always very tough social-realism stories. And I’ve loved doing them. And now I’m like a kid in a candy store. “How many people am I going to kill today? 25? For real? Okay, cool, let’s get it on.” It’s fun, and I might as well have fun while doing it. I’m completely free in Euron. I don’t feel any restrictions. With Euron, it’s like “Let’s do more crazy eyes, more manic, more violent, and fierce.” Until the day that Dan and David kill me.
With all the violence in the show, Euron seems to enjoy it more than almost any character and seems to not care whether he dies.
He knows his time is spare. He knows he’s going to die at one point. And if you ask me, it’s probably going to be spectacular. I hope so. But right now, he’s in for a ride.
What does he have against Theon and Yara? He didn’t even know them before he showed up on Pyke. What did they ever do to him?
That’s a good question, man. I’ve done this two years and I haven’t even thought about the motivation for the character. Why does he want to kill them? I just do what the script tells me to do, bro. But, of course, in the Kingsmoot, she stood against him. His motivation has always been power. He was humiliated by his brother in the books. He was sent off and silenced. He was considered the black sheep of his family and now he wants to redeem himself.