Why did Theon Greyjoy betray Robb Stark?

Why did Theon turn on the Starks? Why did Theon Greyjoy betray Robb Stark?

  1. Theon realized his father despises him

    When Theon went to meet his father he realized that he despises him because he doesn’t live like real Ironborns. For example he bought his cloak instead of taking it from an enemy that he killed like Ironborns do.

  2. Theon realized he won’t be his father’s Heir

    Theon realized that his sister had a better chance of becoming his father’s heir and so he wanted to do anything to be the rightful heir.

  3. He wanted his Father’s Approval

    Balon , Theon’s father, didn’t have any respect for him. Theon wanted to gain his father’s respect and so he had to show him that he is on his side.

  4. He felt like an outsider

    Even though Theon lived among the Starks he felt like an outsider and didn’t really believe he is one of them. (See Why do the Lannisters hate the Starks?)

  5. He was convinced that he was a hostage

    Theon was convinced that the Stark , who used to treat him well, were actually keeping him as a hostage. This gave him another reason to betray them.

  6. The Starks and Ironborns had conflicting interests

    Thoen believed he should be serving his family which had different interests than the Starks.

  7. Theon had no real place among the Starks

    Even though Theon was treated well he always felt he never had a place among the Starks and that he can’t be the heir of any throne. (See How did Robert Baratheon become King?)

  8. Theon’s father told him that the Starks are enimies

    Theon’s father convinced him that the Starks are their enemies. He made his point stronger by convincing him that he was a hostage all that time.

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