I forgot about this moment, from Season 1. It doesn’t feel like Theon was pretending or lying at the time. Whatever he feels about the other Starks, the bond with Robb at least seems genuine, or at least it seems like Theon himself believed that it was genuine. Hmmm, maybe I’ve been too hard on Robb for trusting Theon. He couldn’t have known that Theon’s daddy issues would go that deep. Well, if your father is the tight-ass Balon Greyjoy instead of the gentle, noble Ned Stark, you might have major daddy issues too!
Or rather, the actors playing them (Richard Madden, Kit Harrington and Alfie Allen). Allen looks so different from Theon on the show, but Madden and Harrington pretty much look like Robb and Jon, minus the funny clothes. Allen claims he would have liked to play Arya (nope, sorry dude, not plucky enough!), Madden and Harrington said they share some similarities with their on-screen characters (easy to say, when you’re playing basically decent and noble characters, heh).