Why Game Of Thrones Didn’t Show More Of Ramsay’s Final Scene With The Hounds
When Game of Thrones premiered on HBO, it quickly became a fan-favorite program and a cultural phenomenon. Prior to Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Bolton appearance on the show, Joffrey was thought to be the worst of the worst. But, Ramsay proved he was as evil a character as they come. Seasons after his arrival, he was killed off by his own hounds, but the camera panned away (some thought) too soon. Recently, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed the reason Game of Thrones didn’t show more of Ramsay’s final scene.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are no longer writing the next Star Wars trilogy, have been on the receiving end of some of the fanbase’s ire after Season 8 of Game of Thrones disappointed many viewers. The duo, who later cancelled their San Diego Comic-Con appearance, did have a panel at the Austin Film Festival over the weekend to discuss Game of Thrones. During it, Ramsay’s death became a topic of conversation.
When an audience member mentioned wanting to see Ramsay being eaten by his hounds, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained (via ForArya) that the dogs were rendered completely by VFX and so to have them onscreen for longer than necessary would’ve looked “cartoonish.”
That’s interesting, considering how much money was probably spent on bringing Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons to life onscreen. It seems that HBO didn’t feel the need to spend as much money on those special effects (because dragons!) if the camera could cut away to Sansa’s satisfied face instead. Despite not showing much of the hounds, Ramsay’s screams could still be heard and so the impact of his death remained.
Ramsay Bolton was the cream of the crop when it came to Game of Thrones villains. He was evil in all the excruciating ways. He physically and mentally tortured Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark and Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy — and reveled in it as well. So, when Sansa sicced his very own killer hounds on him, it felt like poetic justice.