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One of Game of Thrones' Biggest Death Scenes Was Originally Going to Be Way More Brutal

Illustration for article titled One of iGame of Thrones/i Biggest Death Scenes Was Originally Going to Be Way More Brutal

Game of Thrones loves itself a good, gory death scene. Aside from “tits and dragons,” as Ian McShane once put it, they’re practically GoT’s raison d’etre. But sometimes even the team behind the show thinks they might be going a little too far, and pull back—and if they hadn’t, one of season six’s major deaths could’ve been way more disgusting.

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Illustration for article titled One of iGame of Thrones/i Biggest Death Scenes Was Originally Going to Be Way More Brutal

Speaking to Variety about some of the VFX work on Game of Thrones’ sixth season, Image Engine visual effects supervisor Mat Krentz revealed that Ramsay Bolton’s extremely satisfying death-by-dog was almost a lot more gore-laden than what we eventually got:

“They shot the scene with multiple takes,” explained Image Engine visual effects supervisor Mat Krentz. “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.” Artists also created a CG jaw for Bolton, and animated it to reveal the flesh ripping between Ramsay’s skin and gums.

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All together now: eeeeeeeeeewwww.

In the end, the thought of being able to watch Ramsay’s face being torn apart by ravenous hounds up close, jaw-goring and all, was considered a step too far even for Game of Thrones. What we got in the end was still pretty disturbing on the show—if rather tastefully shot, emphasizing Sansa’s satisfaction at Ramsey’s death rather than watching him become literal dog food.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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This was one of those moments in season six where I thought “This is almost certainly not how it’s going to turn out in the books.”

It was super satisfying to watch, but since when does GRRM give us satisfying revenge scenes? The whole theme of the series seems to be anti-revenge/anti-cycles-of-violence. I really doubt Ramsay is going to go down like that. The bad guys never get the comeuppances we crave.

...Well, okay, except maybe Tywin on the toilet.