Warning: This article contains spoilers from the "Battle of Bastards" episode.
As many predicted, the deliciously-evil Ramsay Bolton (portrayed by Iwan Rheon) was killed in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones' sixth season. After Jon Snow (portrayed by Kit Harington) pummels Ramsay in the face until he's unconscious, the pompous and sadistic former Lord of the North awakens chained to a chair in the kennels. Sansa is there, and the two engage in an acidic back and forth. Then, the kennel door opens and Ramsay's beloved hounds, who haven't been fed in seven-days, approach his bloodied mug. He's confident that his loyal hounds won't harm him, but their hunger overcomes their loyalty. One of the animals rips into Ramsay's face. He screams, and the other dogs soon join in. Sansa watches the gruesome moment with a satisfied look upon her face.
"I think it was great. It’s a good scene," Rheon told Entertainment Weekly (before he shot the scene). "It leaves Sansa in an interesting place as a character, because he’s saying, 'I’m inside you now.' [Rheon shudders] It’s horrible, and I think he probably has done some damage. He’s gotten in her head. But I think it’s nice too, because it’s such a great scene to go out on." He added, "Yeah, I feel really lucky he got a proper send off. And it’s a gruesome death. It’s so ironic. He’s been banging on about those hounds all this time."
How was Rheon informed that Ramsay was getting killed off?
"I had received half the scripts, five episodes, then I got the call," he explained. "They joked, 'Isn’t it great Ramsay ends up on the Iron Throne?' As soon as they said that I said, “He’s dead isn’t he?” It’s cool. I’ve had four lovely seasons here. It’s been great to be involved with such an amazing show. I think it’s kind of right he goes down. Because what else is he going to do after this? He’s done so many things. It’s justified and it’s the right thing to do. It’s the right path. He’s reached his peak. It’s nice for the audience that he goes out on this high, if you will."
Even though Kit Harington only got to share scenes with Rheon for one episode, he came away from it fully impressed with Rheon's acting chops.
"I love Iwan’s work," Harington praised. "He’s an incredibly detailed actor who’s created a character who’s remarkable and despicable."
Watch Ramsay's gruesome, and well deserved, death in the video below.
Game of Thrones, “The Winds Of Winter,” airs Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.