Before last night's episode of Game of Thrones aired, dubbed Battle of The Bastards, it was shaping up to be one of the most impressive in the show's history. Writer-producer Bryan Cogman teased that this episode would feature one of the biggest battles ever seen on television, and with every battle comes casualties. Battle of the Bastards featured one of this season's most notable deaths, with the actor who portrays this character shedding more light on the episode in a post-show interview. If you haven't seen Battle of the Bastards yet, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Even if you haven't seen last night's episode, you likely know that the Battle of the Bastards was fought between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) for control over Winterfell. At first, it seemed that Bolton's forces were easily overtaking Snow's, until Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aiden Gillan) finally returned, bringing the Knights of the Vale with him as the tide finally turned, resulting in Ramsay's defeat and his particularly gruesome death, by his own hounds. Iwan Rheon spoke with Entertainment Weekly, revealing how he first found out that Ramsay Bolton would die.
"I had received half the scripts, five episodes, then I got the call. 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."
Earlier in the episode, Jon Snow suggested that this battle simply be fought between himself and Ramsay Bolton, but Ramsay wouldn't agree to that, since he knew his army could defeat Snow's. However, after the Knights of the Vale came to the rescue, Jon Snow chased Ramsay Bolton back into Winterfell, where he pummeled this villain with his bare hands, before a restrained Ramsay was literally eaten alive by his own hounds, who he admitted he hadn't fed in a week. When asked if it "wasn't fair" that Ramsay was killed, the actor had this to say.
"But I do think it's just and it's right. I'm glad it happens as a fan of the show. Jon Snow needs to win because otherwise there's no hope left in the world. But it is interesting that it isn't fair. And afterward, Ramsay still thinks he's won. He's so arrogant and self assured he thinks he'll still be fine - until the last minute. He always thinks he's going to be okay."
After his brutal rape of Sansa Stark shortly after their wedding, not to mention his emasculation of Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and the killing of his own father Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatten), Ramsay Bolton was considered by many to be the worst villain in all of Westeros. It's possible that the nefarious Night's King could take over that honor now that Ramsay is gone, but we'll have to see what happens in the season finale, The Winds of Winter, airing Sunday, June 26 at 9 PM ET on HBO. When asked what he'll miss about working on the series, Iwan Rheon had this to say.
"I think I'll miss the coming here and seeing everyone and getting down and doing it. And I'll miss when you pick up a script and read it and there's always one scene in every season where i go, "Thank you so much, thank you, this is such a beauty." And the excitement of doing that scene. Usually theres a few, but there's one absolute immense scene. It's going to be really odd not doing this anymore. You're a part of something huge and you turn up and see the sets and the castles and everything. I'm going to be really I'm going to miss being a part of it."
In related news, we also have 15 new photos from Battle of the Bastards which take us even closer into this epic battle for Winterfell. As for next week's season finale, there still isn't much we know about the story, although we do know that this will be the longest episode in the show's history, clocking in at 69 minutes long. Stay tuned for more on this highly-anticipated finale, but until then, check out these new photos below.