In S02E10 of Game of Thrones, we see the 20 men from Greyjoy army knock out Theon Greyjoy, also stabbing Luwin. And then they leave the castle gagging Theon. The Stark's ally forces were on their way to take back Winterfell. So who put the castle on fire and why?

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Late Season 3 spoilers:

Winterfell was torched by Ramsay Snow, the bastard son of Roose Bolton. He made a secret deal with Theon's men that in return for them leaving Winterfell and giving up Theon he would let them leave in peace. So they knocked him out (after giving a rather stirring speech), handed him over to Ramsay and left. Afterwards, Ramsay sacked the castle and set it on fire, all as part of his father's plans to overthrow the Starks.

  • Oh! I didnt know there was a spoiler for this. I would rather not read it before i finish S03 then. Thanks anyway Aug 10, 2013 at 8:59
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    @KharoBangdo - As a rule of thumb, to avoid spoilers, save questions until you've seen all episodes up to the latest release. Aug 10, 2013 at 14:35
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    Another rule of thumb is that your answer should make sense without the spoiler content. It might be useful to add a short sentence along the lines of "None of the known players did it, and in fact it was not revealed until season 3 who put the castle on fire."
    – magnattic
    May 22, 2014 at 17:22
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    @atticae: I understand your logic, but to me even that is a spoiler. So we now are on the lookout for someone totally new, because no one known on the show currently is guilty. Sorry, but that's a spoiler to me. May 23, 2014 at 9:30


It was not really the Greyjoys. It was the bastard of Roose Bolton, Ramsay and his lot. Ramsay later on chops off Theon's bits and names him Reek.

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