Ramsay Bolton is a love-to-hate type character on Game of Thrones. He feigns a rescue of Theon Greyjoy, then brings the poor man back to his torture chamber, where he crushes his feet, flays his fingers, and teases him with naked ladies.
And let’s not forget, Bolton also castrates poor Theon and turns the once iron-born Stark hostage into a shadow of himself – a man named Reek. Game of Thrones fans aren’t alone in despising Westeros’ favorite psycho – the Welsh actor who plays Bolton, Iwan Rheon, hates him, too, according to Express UK.
“(He gets) joy in all the horrible things he does… But I wouldn’t say I like him as a person, he is very disturbing. He’s not a very nice young man … There’s so many things that you don’t expect about him and I like the fact you’re always on edge when he’s around because he is capable of anything, and he will do it.”
Game of Thrones is known for its shock value, whether it’s the almost pornographic sex scenes or gory violence.
But evidently, the HBO show is about to ramp up with gross factor when it brings Ramsay Bolton back onto the screen. Though since his torture of Greyjoy, it’s hard to imagine his behavior could get much worse – even by Game of Thrones standards.
Rheon told the Mirror that some of his scenes in Game of Thrones‘ Season 5, which premiered Sunday, are so horrible he almost couldn’t get in front of the camera and act them out.
“He goes a little bit further – and I think there were some things in this series I was really disturbed by. I can’t say anymore. Just before the scene I think I don’t want to do it, but it’s my job and I’ve just got to get on with it!”
Ramsay is the worst kind of psycho – the one who charms you with smiles and politeness, before he cuts a layer of skin off your big toe and laughs during the procedure. But like most characters on Game of Thrones – evil is lurking beneath the surface, and a bad guy who is “all ‘grrr’ and really heavy and dark, simply isn’t interesting,” Rhoen said. “If there’s lightness and the flippancy of his actions kind of make him scarier.”
Finding a home inside that psychotic mind can’t be fun, and Rheon had some help from his creator, George R.R. Martin, who wrote the A Song of Ice and Fire series (which doesn’t dramatize Theon’s torture at the hands of Bolton, just his transformation into Reek after the fact) on which Game of Thrones is based.
“That was one of the key things that helped me get into it, when I was having discussions with the creators David and Dan. Obviously, this has come from the books. George’s books. It’s the joy he gets from all the horrible things he does – which is really dark, but kind of helped.”
Of course, there’s a target on every character’s head in Game of Thrones‘ Season 5 – including ones still alive and kicking in the books, like the now-dead Mance Rayder (who was strapped to a campfire in last night’s episode). So perhaps, Game of Thrones fans won’t have to deal with Ramsay’s depravity much longer.
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