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ramsay is eaten by houndsGame of Thrones fans got what they wanted. Ramsay Bolton is dead. He lost the battle, got punched in the face multiple times by Jon Snow and finally, was eaten to death by his own hounds. EW spoke with Ramsay actor Iwan Rheon and asked him about his remarkable 4-year journey playing the most hated baddie on the show. Rheon first tells us about the ‘call’ he received from the showrunners when they decided to kill his character:

“I had received half the scripts, five episodes, then I got the call. They joked, ‘Isn’t it great Ramsay ends up on the Iron Throne?’ As soon as they said that I said, ‘He’s dead isn’t he?’ It’s cool. I’ve had four lovely seasons here. It’s been great to be involved with such an amazing show. I think it’s kind of right he goes down. Because what else is he going to do after this? He’s done so many things. It’s justified and it’s the right thing to do. It’s the right path. He’s reached his peak. It’s nice for the audience that he goes out on this high, if you will.”

The 31 year old Welsh actor also revealed that Ramsay was smart enough to decline an invitation of a duel with Jon Snow because he knew he’d lose:

“Yeah. It’s actually quite intelligent of Ramsay. He would like to fight him. Jon Snow tries to wind him up. But Jon would probably beat him and he knows that. Ramsay knows Jon is an amazing swordsman. Ramsay might win, he might get lucky, but he knows he’s got twice as many soldiers so he’s like, ‘I don’t have to, you’re all dead.’ And without the knights of the Vale, it would have been over.”

If it wasn’t for the Knights of Vale, Ramsay would have definitely won the battle. Rheon, however, is happy that his character is dead because after almost 6 seasons, there is really not much hope left in the world of Game of Thrones and Jon Snow needed to survive that battle for the greater good:

“I do think it’s just and it’s right. I’m glad it happens as a fan of the show. Jon Snow needs to win because otherwise there’s no hope left in the world. But it is interesting that it isn’t fair. And afterward, Ramsay still thinks he’s won. He’s so arrogant and self assured he thinks he’ll still be fine — until the last minute. He always thinks he’s going to be okay.”

The actor was also glad that his character got a proper sendoff:

“I feel really lucky he got a proper send off. And it’s a gruesome death. It’s so ironic. He’s been banging on about those hounds all this time.”

Rheon also admitted that he will miss being part of Game of Thrones and it’s not easy to say goodbye to the best show on television:

“I think I’ll miss the coming here and seeing everyone and getting down and doing it. And I’ll miss when you pick up a script and read it and there’s always one scene in every season where i go, ‘Thank you so much, thank you, this is such a beauty.’ And the excitement of doing that scene. Usually there’s a few, but there’s one absolute immense scene. It’s going to be really odd not doing this anymore. You’re a part of something huge and you turn up and see the sets and the castles and everything. I’m going to really miss being a part of it.”

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