If there’s one thing you can count on when it comes to Game of Thrones, it’s grotesquely violent death scenes. And sex. And lots of swearing. Okay, so there are three things you can count on.
It turns out that sometimes even the people in charge behind the scenes think they went overboard, and have to make some late changes to a scene. When Ramsay Bolton finally (finally!) got what was coming to him at the end of Season Six, it wasn’t exactly pretty. His own hounds, starving from neglect, literally devoured him alive while Sansa watched. It was gross. It was justice. And it was almost a whole lot worse.
According to Variety, the Ramsay death scene was originally much more gory.
“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. The effect was too gruesome even by Thrones standards, so they pulled it back a bit, using a 2D composite instead.
Apparently Oberyn Martell can have his skull crushed on HBO, but blood thirsty fans can’t watch one of the most vile bad guys of the series get what he deserves. What a shame.
Here’s the scene as it eventually aired. Warning: It’s gross and probably NSFW.