Of all of the appallingly evil things Ramsay Bolton has done, his treatment of Sansa Stark is the one that really made Game of Thrones fans mad. Theon's severed peen and Fat Walda's baby mean little compared to the rampant sexual and psychological abuse of a universally adored character — hasn't Sansa suffered enough?
This heinous treatment of the sensational Sansa did, however, make it all the more sweet when Ramsay met his well-deserved demise; being torn apart by his beloved horde of slavering dogs. Did you know, though, that this scene was originally intended to be much more satisfyingly grisly, but was cut because it was "too gruesome even by Thrones standards"?
Do you think that Ramsay Bolton's death should have been gorier?
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The wizards behind the Game of Thrones digital effects, Image Engine, explained all about Ramsay's medium-gore death. Image Engine's VFX supervisor Mat Krentz explained:
"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 Ramsay’s skin and gums. The effect was too gruesome even by 'Thrones' standards, so they pulled it back a bit, using a 2D composite instead."
Ramsay's death scene could have been worse? There is no limit to the amount of suffering that awful man can be subjected to. Many fans would probably watch an entire season that was just Ramsay having the skin painfully flayed from his body over 10 agonizing hours.
Although it's tantalizing to think of how much gorier Ramsay's death could have been, it's still amazing what Image Engine have done. They created Game of Thrones Season 6's 72 on-screen kills, and they did a damn fine job of it, as this cool behind-the-scenes video for the "Battle of the Bastards" attests.
Would you like to see more gore on Game of Thrones?