For fans of Game of Thrones, Episode 9 saw the departure of a certain character many loved to hate. But just how did HBO film that scene?
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The thing about Game of Thrones is that it takes ordinary TV fans and turns them into bloodthirsty animals every Sunday night. Who will die? Who will be lucky enough to survive? How much nudity will HBO reveal this week? When will Daenerys and her dragons show up to kill people?
In Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, many lives were lost. While most of them were unknown knights defending Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), there were a few beloved characters. The youngest Stark, Rickon (Art Parkinson) lost his life when he didn’t zigzag while running away from the man with the bow and arrow. Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun (Ian Whyte), the giant who lived north of the Wall also lost his life, but not before he battered down the entrance to Winterfell to help Jon reclaim it. But, it was everyone’s favorite villain who really stole the limelight when it came to monumental kills in Episode 9 of Game of Thrones.
But Sansa got her revenge on Ramsay in Episode 9. Not only did her army defeat Ramsay’s, but her half brother Jon Snow pummeled Ramsay’s face into a bloody mess that was fitting for the meal she made of him at the end of the episode. You see Sansa fed Ramsay to his own hounds, the very ones he had bragged about not feeding for seven days before the Battle of the Bastards. It was his plan to feed the traitors (i.e. the Starks) to his hounds as retribution for attempting to reclaim their birthplace. Instead, it was Sansa who let the dogs out and Ramsay who was turned into dog meat.
The hound in question is an actual dog. His name is Odin. Initially, Odin was recorded “biting a football covered in barbecue sauce or some savory snack,” on a green-screen stage. Odin was then added into the scene with Ramsay later on. Sapochnik explains to The New York Post, “That particular dog was never in the same room room as Iwan. It was just too dangerous.”
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“Season Finale. Cersei faces her trial.”
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