Considering the brutality of Game of Thrones, it takes a special something to stand out from the rest of the pack as particularly wicked. Incest? Whatever. Child murder? Pretty bad, but possibly forgivable.
Yet despite these highly questionable moral boundaries, Ramsay Bolton stands out as a monster among monsters; a personification of evil in its purest form. The man behind the sadistic Bastard of Bolton is 30-year-old Welsh actor Iwan Rheon.
And His Next Role Could Go One Step Further
In an interview with The New York Times, Rheon revealed that he's now landed one of the only roles that could outdo Ramsey in the most hated evil bastard stakes. While joking that he has been typecast, Rheon confirmed he'll be playing none other than freaking Hitler in Adolf the Artist — an upcoming British TV drama — starring alongside Rupert Grint.
'Your Villains Need To Be Even Worse'
He certainly seems like a fitting choice. I can't be the only GoT viewer who recoils in sickening anticipation every time Ramsay is on screen. His piercing, blue-eyed gaze and gleeful maiming have rendered him one of the most hated TV characters.
While Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) was universally deplored, Ramsay Bolton has made his antics look small time and childlike. His torture of Theon was unrelenting and twisted. His capture and assault on Sansa Stark deeply shocking. Rheon said:
“Sometimes you just think: ‘Oh God, can’t we just do something nice [laughs]? On this show, the heroes aren’t necessarily standard heroes, so I guess your villains need to be even worse.”
'I'm Not Complaining'
Despite the outpouring of hatred from viewers, Rheon appears to take it all in stride, calling the attention "an honor." And, in a role where you're supposed to be the bad guy, hatred is in some ways the biggest compliment, right? He added:
“I’ve been trying to figure out what it is, but it’s so difficult to objectively look at why you get cast as all these strange people. The big eyes, maybe. But, I’m not complaining.”
Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere on April 24th.
Who was more evil?
Source: The New York Times