Game of Thrones season 6 gave us a number of epic moments, and one of them was that of Ramsay Bolton’s death in episode 9, Battle of The Bastards. After Jon Snow beat Ramsay to pulp, we saw Sansa Stark executing a fairly badass move by setting off Ramsay’s hungry hounds on him, which led to his horrific death. As gory as the scene was, the VFX team known as Image Engine, which created a lot of great scenes for season 6 of Game of Thrones, revealed that Ramsay’s death was supposed to be even worse than it was shown.
The visual effects supervisor Mat Krentz, said to Variety, “They shot the scene with multiple takes. They did a pass of the dog on green screen, then Ramsay on green screen, and then we also had a background plate, which we put together.”
A CG jaw was created for Ramsay by the artists, and Variety said that they “animated it to reveal the flesh ripping between Ramsay’s skin and gums.” The result was too horrific even for Game of Thrones, which is known for its violent and gory depictions of death. The artists then returned to a 2D composite. Given the crazy amount of violence and horrific scenes on Game of Thrones, Ramsay’s death must have looked truly terrifying if they had to cut it out and pick a less gory one instead.
We can only wonder how scary the Bolton bastard’s death was if the scene had to be altered to this extent so as to make it good enough for television.