It’s been over a year since Game of Thrones killed off one of its most reviled villains in spectacularly gruesome fashion. Ramsay Bolton, the cruel, sadistic bastard who sacked Winterfell and put characters like Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy through unspeakable torment, finally got a taste of his own medicine when he was fed to his own hounds.
Fortunately, in real life, the actor who played Ramsay, Iwan Rheon, is a really nice guy and is about to return to TV in a big way with his role in Marvel’s Inhumans, which premieres on September 1. Rheon appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to help promote the show, but the conversation of course turned to his time on Game of Thrones. Specifically, Kimmel wanted to know what it was like working with the dogs who ripped his character to shreds.
As it turns out, the dogs were very much real but fortunately for Rheon, the scene didn’t require him to actuallly have his face torn apart … though he did have his reservations, “Well it was the last scene I did, so I did suspect they would actually let it happen for real, but … realistically, I wasn’t anywhere near any dogs,” the actor explained.
“I walked in, and I saw the dogs, and I think it was a couple of seasons previous, it was the same dogs, I was like, ‘hi doggy!’ and they were like, don’t look the dog in the eye!” He continued, “They’re not like pets, they’re guard dogs, they’re trained to be vicious, really, and they only listen to their owner, so if you have eye contact with them they take that as a direct threat.”
Hmm, judging by the way that scene played out, we’d say that the dogs didn’t so much see Ramsay as a threat as they did dinner!