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ramsay kills rooseGame of Thrones is known for killing off its main characters in spectacular fashion and in the last episode, Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) became the show’s latest casualty, as he was murdered by his own bastard son Ramsay. Speaking to TVLine, McElhatton reflects on his character’s final moments:

“Well we kind of came to a decision when we were filming it that it really was a spur-of-the-moment thing. And the information that is given is that it’s a boy that had been born. Now if it had been a girl, I may still have been alive, because his position would not be threatened. But in the moment that we find out that Walda has given birth to a boy, for me, Ramsay is no longer needed. And for him, he knows that, and he strikes quicker than I do.”

The 52-year old Irish actor added:

“There are many layers to it in that way. I don’t think he’s come in with the plan. It’s much more interesting to view it in that way… it’s just his psychotic nature that takes over. It’s not patricide, joy or thrill that “I’m head of House Bolton.” It’s a very conflicting relationship, and it’s shock that he has done it, because there is a love of his father despite their very messed-up relationship… I think that’s why it was a joy to play. It’s not just, “I’m going to kill you and I’m going to become king.” There’s a price to pay with each of those actions. There’s always a reaction to every action.”

McElhatton also thinks that if Ramsay hadn’t made the first move, Roose would have probably killed his bastard son, considering Walda had given him a legitimate heir:

“Oh, definitely! In that moment that he knows that Walda has given birth to a boy, he now has a legitimate heir, and I would say he would have gotten rid of Ramsay a moment later, actually. Like Tywin Lannister, like any of the heads of any house, the primary goal of any head of house is the longevity of the house and the survival of the house and that has to be done through legitimate heirs.”

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