Robb Stark's world has changed so much this season ... how has going to war affected him?
In Season 1, Robb was being pushed into all these situations and reacting to them. In Season 2, he's the one who's driving the action much more, forcing other people to react to his decisions. So he's much more independent-minded in Season 2, and he's gotten a lot better at pretending to be a man. He's still a boy at heart, but he has to pretend to be this leader of men - and in the act of pretending, he's becoming this king he needs to be. I think he's surprising himself.
What's it like for Robb to come back to camp with Talisa and find out his mother has freed his most valuable prisoner?
He's crushed. He's met this woman who seems like a light in the darkness for him - someone he can talk to who isn't his mother. And the longest he's spent with her was this journey they went on, and the worst thing has happened while he's gone: The Kingslayer's escaped, and it's his mother's fault. There's the rage and the anger that comes with that, but I think the deepest element is this betrayal from the last person he'd expect it from. He's been playing by the rules; he's been the good guy with everything he's done. And the payoff for that is to be betrayed by the two people closest to him? It makes him question everything he's doing, how much he's sacrificing and suffering.
Is that what pushes him into Talisa's arms?
He's so alone right now. He's lost his father. As far as he knows his brothers are dead. One sister is missing and the other is probably going to get killed at the hands of Joffrey. The only person he had at his side was his mother, and she's betrayed him. Talisa is the only person who questions him and challenges him and doesn't treat him like the king - she looks him in the eye. So he kind of thinks, "F**k it. I've been playing the game, and look where it's got me." There's a good chance he'll get killed in this war before he ever gets a chance to marry the Frey girl. He's never met a woman like Talisa, and his passion and desire take over. In this moment, he doesn't want to be king or fighting a war. He just wants to be back at Winterfell, with this woman, living a normal life.
Except Theon has overtaken the Starks' home. Is Robb to blame at all for Theon's disloyalty?
I think that's one of the great things about Robb - he believes in the good in people, even if it's to his detriment. Theon was raised with him, like a brother, and even though his mother advised him not to trust Theon, Robb thought he knew better. And sometimes, Robb does know better than everyone else - he's proven it with his battle tactics - but sometimes he makes bad choices. Little did he know that this would be one of the worst choices he'd make, to send Theon away.