"He wants to make [Pyke] great again": Euron Greyjoy is the "Game of Thrones" Donald Trump

"I'm not comparing Greyjoy to Trump," says Pilou Asbaek, who plays Euron, "but it's obvious, it's very close"

Published June 6, 2016 8:29PM (EDT)

Pilou Asbaeck in "Game of Thrones;" Donald Trump   (HBO/Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Pilou Asbaeck in "Game of Thrones;" Donald Trump (HBO/Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Actor Pilou Asbaek, who plays Euron Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones," explained to The Hollywood Reporter his character's likeness to GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Greyjoy showed up in Pyke a few weeks ago to off his brother, Ironborn king Balon Greyjoy, and stand against Balon's daughter Yara in the Kingsmoot, the ritual election of the ruler of the Iron Islands. Despite a rousing endorsement from prodigal heir (and Yara's brother) Theon, who returned to Pyke mutilated and traumatized after escaping the clutches of Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell, Euron's over-the-top speech won over the assembled Ironborn.

"Trump starts out by saying, 'We need to build walls, we need to do this.' He's very bombastic in what he's saying and his approach to the world," Asbaek said. "Euron was very bombastic, he was humiliating his niece, he was humiliating his nephew with some rhetoric. He wants to make [Pyke] great again."

"Now [Trump is] going to be maybe selected as the Republican candidate, he needs to be more soft because he needs the rest of the audience to follow him," he continued. "So maybe Euron will do the same."

No word on whether this year's GOP convention will include the full Pyke ritual, which includes holding the presumptive king's head under water while reciting prayers to the Drowned God until he loses consciousness.

Read the full interview over at The Hollywood Reporter.

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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