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What Will "The Winds of Winter" Bring For Victarion Greyjoy?
Warning: Spoilers Lie Ahead
The Winds of Winter is the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. This article will take a look back at the previous five installments as well as make predicitions on the next chapter in the series. The reader has been warned that spoilers lie ahead.
Commander of the Iron Fleet
What is dead may never die! Perhaps the best house motto in the entire series. With the inclusion of the full blown Greyjoy family into the series in the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, fans of the books were torn and many off put. Readers had waited six years for the next book and when they opened it up they were not greeted by chapters from their favorite characters like Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen or Tyrion Lannister. Instead they received a heap full of new families, primarily the Dornish Martell's and the aforementioned Greyjoy's who hail from the Iron Isles.
Perhaps the hardest group of people in the series, the Greyjoys take the fabled kraken as their families sigil and drown there own people in religious rites to see them brought back by their Drowned God. Aside from all that general awesomeness, they boast the greatest fleet of ships in all the world and base their self existence on sailing the open seas.
Readers had known the Greyjoy family from the start of the series through the eyes of young Theon Greyjoy and his time at Winterfell. They see Theon return back to his home after years of being Lord Eddard's ward to his father, Lord Balon Greyjoy, the liege lord of the Iron Isles. Balon has disowned Theon and puts his faith in his only daughter Asha. As the country is torn by civil war, Lord Balon decides he wants to rise from the ashes and proclaim himself King, not swearing fealty to any of the other so-called king's.
He sends his ships to various places in the North to secure their castles while young Lord Robb Stark wages war on the capital, leaving the North vulnerable to his attacks. Asha takes Deepwood Motte while Theon captures Winterfell in haste. The man of our article, Victarion Greyjoy, is first mentioned in the second book as having been sent by his older brother, Lord Balon, to secure the strategically placed Moat Cailin.
Victarion is Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet and his flagship is named Iron Victory. His reputation as a fierce warrior is hardly surpassed by most in the realm and his deep religious roots ground the man. Picture his full on armor, complete with a kraken helmet that terrifies most in battle.
Victarion never had grand dreams to be the lord of the Iron Isles because he worshipped his older brother Balon and had another brother Euron ahead of him as well as a younger brother Aeron. The troubled family saw perhaps their most trying moment when Victarion caught his older brother Euron sleeping with his wife, Victarion murdered the woman but his religious roots restrained him from slaying his brother for fear of going to hell. The troubled relationship between the two is presented in full later in their lives.
By book three, Balon has died a suspicious death, supposedly falling from one of his bridges to the sea below while Euron, who had been banished years before, randomly shows up the following day. The portrait of assassination is painted in regards to Balon's death.
Victarion, hearing of his eldest brother's death, leaves a skeleton crew in charge of Moat Cailin and sets Iron Victory back in the direction of the Iron Isles. There is to be a Kingsmoot to choose the next successor to the Seastone Chair and all men of interest must be present to preside over the affairs.
As he sails into port he has decided to make his own claim to the throne, ultimately using the fact that he has been second in command behind Balon and basically doing the job for the past decade. The Kingsmoot sees Asha, Aeron, Euron and other nobility on the isles make their claim but eventually Euron wins out on the terms that he promises not only to take the Iron Isles but the entire Seven Kingdoms for themselves.
Victarion's loyalty is tested between his hatred for the man and his sense of duty to his lands, eventually duty wins out and Victarion begrudgingly agrees to carry out Lord Euron's orders. He sends his younger brother to the Shield Islands for an attack that will signal the rest of the realm that the Greyjoys have risen up and are formiddable in the claim for power.
Victarion's forces win the battle but he gravely injures his hand in taking them. He also must see Lord Euron take his best men after the battle to assert his dominance by giving them lands and making them lords of the Shield Islands. As Euron exerts his cruelties on the women they capture, Victarion must watch and seethe in seeing what he remembers seeing with his wife.
Lord Euron calls Victarion to a meeting and informs him that while he spent time in exile he heard rumors of a woman across the sea who had become mother to three dragons, long thought extinct. This woman is Daenerys Targaryen and Victarion is to take the Iron Fleet to meet her and bring her to Euron as a bride. Victarion agrees but secretly sets his own mind to marrying the Mother of Dragons himself and killing his older brother.
Euron gives him a gift of a prostitute that Victarion uses on the long journey across the sea to Meereen where Daenerys is ruling. He also has Maester Kerwin from his brother who is administering medicine to his injured hand although it seems to be getting worse. Victarion is convinced the man is slowly poisoning him for his brother. As they travel the stumble upon a storm's wreckage and find Moqorro, a red priest of the fire god R'hllor, clinging to whatever he can find.
Victarion brings the priest aboard and because he is preaching a religion with a different god from their Drowned God, the crew beckons Victarion to murder the man. Before he can however, Moqorro cures Victarion's hand mysteriously and Victarion in turn murders Maester Kerwin.
Just like another priest of R'hllor in the series, Melisandre, Moqorro can see the future in the flames and helps Victarion navigate dangers in his sea quest to Daenerys. Victarion now has deep affinity for both R'hllor and his Drowned God. He informs Victarion that he has seen Danaerys already married, a situation which doesn't seem to matter to the man, and that his plan is to bind him to the Dragon Horn, a magical instrument that will give him dominion over her dragons so he will have what he wants and can makes any claim he wishes, Victarion is very pleased with his future prospects.
What Will The Winds Bring?
Recently George R. R. Martin has introduced families and plotlines and killed characters you would think would amount to something off quickly. I am torn here, one the one hand Victarion is basically sailing into Meereen and about to be thrown into the middle of a war. In this sense I could see him killed off to instigate some bigger event.
On the other hand, what sense does killing him off right away make. I believe the war will occur and Victarion will be left standing over the rubble and take on Tyrion Lannister and his new mercenary group, the Second Sons. Tyrion will convince him to go on to find Danaerys and they will have to venture into the mysterious Asshai. There they will finally find Danaerys and her dragons as well as many other magical beings.
I think Tyrion will see Victarion attempt to steal Danaerys dragons from her with the help of the Dragon Horn and will help her in killing the Greyjoy commander. Victarion's death will serve to help untie Tyrion to Danaerys and will set them on their path towards the wall and Jon Snow.
With so many characters left and only two books remaining, the deaths will be coming quick and hopefully for a character as epically awesome as Victarion Greyjoy his death will serve the bigger purpose. He will pay the iron price, What is Dead May Never Die!