Warning: if you’re not completely up to date with Game of Thrones, then leave now. You’re about to encounter some spoilers…
It was pretty clear during the Battle of the Bastards that only one bastard was going to make it out alive, and although for a while, things were looking pretty hairy for fan favourite Jon Snow, he eventually managed to triumph over the evil Ramsay Bolton.
Phew. After flaying, castrating, raping, murdering and torturing, it was about time that Ramsay got his comeuppance. And, it’s only fitting that he got it at the hands of Sansa Stark – his wife.
Visiting him in the kennels, where Jon (after giving him a pretty satisfyingbeating) had locked him up, Sansa killed Ramsay by letting his starving dogs loose. With quite the taste for human flesh – Ramsay fed his stepmother Fat Walda and newborn baby brother to them – the hounds quickly turned on their master, and he was ripped to shreds, alive.
While this was pretty grim to watch, producers had originally planned for it to be a lot worse. As one of GOT’s FX supervisors revealed, Ramsay’s original death scene was deemed “too gruesome” for TV, and had to be cut down:
“They shot the scene with multiple takes. They did a pass of the dog on green screen, then Ramsay on green screen, and then we also had a background plate, which we put together.
Artists also created a CG jaw for Bolton, and animated it to reveal the flesh ripping between Ramsays skin and gums. The effect was too gruesome even by ‘Thrones’ standards, so they pulled it back a bit, using a 2D composite instead.”
It doesn’t sound pleasant, and given how gruesome they’ve gone in the past (we didn’t think it could get much worse than the Mountain killing the Viper), this scene must have been really brutal for it to be deemed “too much”…
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