When King Joffrey Baratheon met his demise in Game of Thrones Season 4, fans wondered who would fill in the shoes of the Big Bad Meanie in the show. Fortunately, they didn?t have to wait long because Ramsay Bolton, played by Welsh actor Iwan Rheon, turned out to be a much more sinister, sadistic psychopath than Joffrey.
That?s why when Ramsay Bolton died in a morbid manner at the end of ?Battle of the Bastards,? fans are relieved and happy not only for Sansa Stark, but also for Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, Rickon Stark (RIP), Wun-Wun the Wildling giant (RIP), and the other souls that Ramsay tortured and killed.
But Ramsay Bolton?s death doesn?t mean that the fan theories are over, too. Those who have been examining every single line thrown by any character in the show suggest that Ramsay Bolton?s ?dark reign? is not yet completely over. There is still that terrible possibility that Sansa Stark, whom he married in Season 5, may be pregnant with his child.
However, the actor himself, Iwan Rheon, doesn?t want to put his money on that prospect (the same with Ser Davos actor Liam Cunningham). In his interview with Refinery29, Iwan admits that he doesn?t have any idea what?s going to happen to Sansa Stark.
?Well unless Ramsay has got an incredible talent of being able to spot pregnant women, then I don?t know. I don?t know if he has examined her or anything. I have absolutely no idea, so you?ll have to just wait until next season to find out. Like me.”
What he does know for sure is that Ramsay Bolton has broken Sansa Stark pretty bad.
?Well I think what he means is that, what he?s done to her, she won?t be able to shake off and he has kind of broken her. In the same way that Theon will never be able to shake Reek off because of the psychological torture and physical torture. By doing all these horrible things to her, he has left his mark on her and therefore he is part of her.?
Despite his character?s brutal death, Iwan Rheon says that he enjoyed shooting the final scene with Sophie Turner.
?It was cool. I thought it was a really well-written scene. And it was quite uncomfortable because I was covered in blood and mud and bits and prosthetics with being tied to the chair. But yeah it was actually the last scene that I shot as well, so it was quite exciting.?
Looking back at his character, Iwan Rheon quite understands why Ramsay is the way he is.
?I guess his backstory has a lot to do with wanting his father?s affection and love. In a way, that?s what he?s been after his whole life. He?s been left to his own devices on the cusp of the society being a bastard in the North. So he?s particularly been messed up, and he is the kind of person that you don?t leave to their own devices because he?s kind of gone off and lost his sense of morality. Especially having a father like his that isn?t the nicest in the world and coming from that family. So it?s been very difficult to sort of relate to him in any way because he is a complete and utter lunatic.?
Iwan says that he particularly had a difficult time doing the rape scene in season 5.
?It?s pretty horrible, really. Like the rape scene in season 5, that was an immensely difficult scene to shoot just because of the nature of it and the horror of the situation. But that?s probably the worst one, I think. All of the other things, like in season 4 when the girl was being chased by the dogs; when you?re filming it, it?s more technical, so you?re imagining these things but you aren?t really seeing them. So you don?t actually believe that it?s a real thing going on in front of you. The dogs aren?t anywhere near the girl and it?s all compartmentalized in the way that it?s filmed. You know, it?s horrible. When you think about it, it?s horrible. But you just have to get on with it. I mean I didn?t like it, it?s just what the character that I play does.?
Iwan remembers that prior to shooting the rape scene, there was some sort of awkwardness on the set. Nevertheless, he praises Sophie Turner for being such a professional.
?Yeah. Well yeah, I mean it was a really awkward day on set and everyone was very somber because Sophie has been on this since the beginning. And a lot of the crew has also been on it since the beginning and they have kind of seen her grow up. I think that the realization of what was really going on really hit everyone quite hard. It was a really difficult day. But Sophie was fantastic, and we had to be very professional about it and just shoot the scene. Luckily Sophie was very mature and professional about the whole thing. But we just got on with it and did it.?
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