Warning: Massive spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6, episode 2 ahead!
It’s Monday. That means people are talking about Game of Thrones. This week, that inevitably means the topic of conversation is focused on the certain revival of a fan-favourite character. Then there was Ramsay.
Yes, some other stuff happened during the latest episode too. Jon Snow’s resurrection may be the definitive water cooler moment for television this year, but Ramsay’s actions were among some of the most shocking and sadistic we’ve ever seen on the show (and that’s really saying something).
The Boltons are bad men and they do bad things, even to each other. If there was any doubt over who was the bigger dick between Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton, the latter surely surpassed the brattish king when he launched a brutal killing spree against his own flesh and blood. Why did he do it? For power, for autonomy. Ramsay murdered his father Roose with his own hands to strengthen his own position in the north.
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Astonishingly, Roose Bolton was the traitorous bastard responsible for the Red Wedding that saw Robb and Catelyn Stark killed and, yet, when Ramsay stuck a knife in his stomach, we felt sympathy for him.
There was no time to grieve or dwell though, Ramsay wasn’t done there. He proceeded to murder his own stepmother and newborn baby brother by unleashing his ravenous hounds on them. There was screams of pain as the dogs ripped the flesh from their bodies, but Ramsay was strangely unmoved by it all. He didn’t look away, he didn’t flinch. He just watched.
“It shows a level of ambition we’ve not yet seen,” Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay, told Entertainment Weekly. “His problem solving is quite basic. It’s very similar to how a lot of how totalitarian dictators solve their problems by getting rid of anybody in their way, with a very Stalin-y way of doing it.”
“His stepmother gives birth to a baby boy, and that’s alarm bells right there, and his father’s warned him [about his uncertain place in the family after losing his bride Sansa Stark],” Rheon continued. “Instead of maybe trying to wait and see, it’s, ‘You have to go, mate, sorry.’ It’s not calculated, it’s reactionary. And it has an effect on him, which he didn’t expect.”
Joffrey did some horrible things while he was on the Iron Throne, from forcing Sansa Stark look at her beheaded father Ned to channeling his inner-Ted Bundy by murdering prostitutes for fun with a crossbow, but we’re getting the sense that the showrunners want to elevate Ramsay above all that.
Ramsay is officially the biggest bastard alive
In December, Atlantic Magazine determined that Ramsay was the worst character on television. They wrote: “The bastard child of the ice-blooded Roose Bolton, a northern lord who usurps the heroic Starks at the notorious Red Wedding, Ramsay has spent the majority of his screen time torturing people, feeding women to dogs, and sexually assaulting the teenaged Sansa Stark on the night of their (forced) marriage. He does almost all of this with an impish grin on his face.” We can now add patricide to that list, but he wasn’t grinning while he killed Roose, we’ll give him that.
Ramsay’s motives are different than Joffrey. The latter was already in a position of power, he was merely being a dick for the sake of it. But Ramsay kills for power, he harnesses his thirst for atorcity to ultimately reap the benefits. Now he’s the unquestionable Lord Bolton, ready to launch a reign of terror on the north and have any of his naysayers fed to the dogs, literally.
We’re not sure exactly what Ramsay will do during the rest of this season, but it’s guaranteed to be brutal.
OK, so now we know that Roose Bolton is gone, see who else we think is going to meet their maker during season six in the video below!