Published On: Thu, Sep 15th, 2016

'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Revelation: Ramsay Bolton’s Death Could Have Been More Graphic

After King Joffrey died, Ramsay Bolton topped the list as the most hated villain on Game of Thrones. His death from the fantasy series satisfied its worldwide fandom, but the effects team recently revealed that his demise could have been more satisfying but bloodier and gorier.

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TIME states that the HBO hit series is known for contemporary television’s dose of sex, violence and gore, but it comes off as a surprising revelation that Game of Thrones actually had to “scale back” on one scene. Ramsay Bolton’s well-deserved death was apparently toned down for the viewers.


Image Engine, the visual effects and animation company of the series, had prepared a more detailed description of what should have happened to Ramsay, portrayed brilliantly by Welsh actor Iwan Rheon. However, the specific reasons on why it was revised by the creative team were not explicit other than the fact that it might be too much. 

In an in-depth feature by Variety, visual effects supervisor Mat Krentz explained the several layers of shots to set up the death scene. “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.”

Fans can recall very well how this all looked like, but the final cut of the Season 6 scene with Ramsay and the hound ended there. Krentz and his artists had originally wanted the villain’s skin ripped apart, revealing gums and a CG jaw. Production deemed it too “gruesome,” in the end, even for their taste. 

In the span of 10 episodes last season, Image Engine was in charge of the 72 on-screen “memorable” deaths. Apart from the skillfully crafted demise of every character, the visual effects company also digitally enhanced Jon Snow’s wounds, for example, and The Mountain smashing someone’s head on a wall. They even filmed chicken meat that stood for Wun Wun’s hand being torn up by an arrow.

In a Vimeo video that shows the unreleased footage, it displays the enhancements made on the different scenes, not just the killing and the battles. The Game of Thrones Season 6 Breakdown Reel can be seen below.

Stay tuned for updates on Season 7.


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