As we saw in Game of Thrones that Ramsay Bolton tortured, mentally and physically almost constantly, Theon Greyjoy. Then why, instead of killing him, did he transform him to Reek who is completely psychologically broken?

  • IMHO it makes very little sense in the TV version, the book version shows this is the result of a number of events.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 10:13

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When Ramsay captures Theon , he converts him into Reek for following reasons:-

  1. By keeping Theon alive, he has a hostage from the Greyjoy family, who are always a threat for the 'Warden of North'.
  2. He finds a loyal friend and servant by brainwashing him. Now, Theon had some personal motivation but Reek has none. He is completely faithful to Ramsay.
  3. He can use him time to time as Theon.

    a. He did for negotiating with the Ironborn garrison holding it in an attempt to convince them to surrender the fortress to the Boltons.

    b. To give Sansa and Ramsay marriage value in the eyes of the North. As Theon was ward of Stark, his presence approves that Sansa is not forced into marriage. She is married in presence of her family. As Theon is like family for her.

  • You seems to forget that this was never happened in TV show.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 7:06
  • @AnkitSharma Thanks for reminding me. I believe its fine now.
    – Panther
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 7:07
  • In the books the girl getting married isn't Sansa.
    – Zikato
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 12:31
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    "To give Sansa and Ramsay marriage value in the eyes of the North." The North doesn't give a f*** about some Ironborn king's offspring, especially not considering he's responsible for killing Bran & Rickon and for Winterfell being burnt down.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 13:15
  • Ya I know however in show girl is sans a . I removed some information as this question is from show
    – Panther
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 13:29

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