Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 entitled “Battle of the Bastards” finally showed the death of the Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and how Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys finally showed the power of queen in the land ruled only by men. However, Episode 9 will be remembered for the depiction of the ultimate fighting sequence between two armies, for which the crew worked for more than two months. The dark action sequences that are now admired by all the fans were not simple to shoot. Kit Harington, who plays the role of Jon Snow, had to confront his worst nightmare during the shoot, and the result amazed everyone.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnki revealed an astounding fact about the filming of the scene when Jon Snow finds himself under the pile of bodies and is about the buried alive. Sapochnki revealed that the concept of burying alive was Harington’s worst fear, but like a good actor, he did not obstruct the director to show his creativity.
“Kit had mentioned to me that his worst fear is being buried alive. So I exploited that to its fullest — and being the amazing game player that he is, he let me.”
Sapochnki further talked about how much he enjoyed working with Harington in Episode 9 and during season 5.
“I’ve been lucky enough to do two major sequences with him and he’s not only really really good at what he does, but he’s got humility, a sense of humor and a work ethic that is like a breath of fresh air for a director. I wish I could work with him on everything.”
According to Independent, the scene that showed the Jon Snow being smothered was not written in the script. The entire sequence was unscripted and took 25 days to shoot, which made it extremely difficult for Harington.
That said, the death of Ramsay Bolton is one of the most talked topics of this week.
Rheon himself revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Ramsay Bolton’s end was perfectly defined by the production crew.
“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.”
When asked about the future of Sansa Stark’s (Sophie Turner) future in the show, Rheon stated that after seeing the death of Ramsay, she will find herself in a peaceful place but still a part will always remain inside her head.
“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.”
After seeing the death of Ramsay Bolton, fans took to Twitter to express their excitement of seeing the death of the worst villain the show has revealed till this date.
No one thought there would be a better Game of Thrones villain than Joffrey. We were wrong https://t.co/7UJVrtXCkt
— The Independent (@Independent) June 23, 2016
— Daenerys Targaryen (@Queen_Daenerys_) June 22, 2016
@iwanrheon I hated Ramsay Bolton more than any other character in anything I've ever seen. You're a genius. Period.
— Simply Joe (@JoeSidrak) June 23, 2016
— Adeel Rizwan (@iamadiness) June 23, 2016
In another interview with Vulture, Rheon stated that there are chances that his character will return as a White Walker.
“I jokingly said to David [Benioff], ‘I’ve been eaten by dogs, so I won’t be able to be a White Walker?’ And he was like, ‘No.’ But you never know! I find it highly unlikely that he will be, though. He’s been digested, hasn’t he?”
Game of Thrones season 6 episode 10 entitled, “The Winds of Winter” will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. E.T. on HBO.
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