In a show full of memorable villains, Ramsay Bolton has stood out in the last few seasons of Game Of Thrones by virtual of being horribly sadistic, yet infinitely watchable. However, while things seem to have all gone his way so far, with his plan to destroy Stannis Baratheon’s supplies forcing the aspiring king’s hand, leading to him making a series of blunders that would result in the destruction of his army and hand victory to the Boltons, the escape of his wife Sansa and slave ‘Reek’ (aka Theon Greyjoy) will lead to issues for Ramsay in Season 6 – something former Misfits star Iwan Rheon, who plays the Bastard of Bolton, acknowledges.
“There’s a huge problem in the fact that Sansa has escaped,” says Rheon. “That massively weakens Ramsay’s position in the North, because joining House Stark and Bolton would secure the North. The Boltons aren’t the most popular family, while the Starks are. The Boltons would have a strong hold on the North, so losing her means that he can’t produce an heir, which means that Walda’s [Roose’s wife] baby is potentially a threat to him as the true heir. That’s kind of where he is – he’s a bit fucked off to be honest!”
With the recent trailers showing Ramsay at the head of a huge army, you can bet that once again, he won’t be too far away from the action – which is fine by us, because in spite of the horrible, unforgivable things he’s done, Rheon really sells him to us as a character. And as he tells us, he has very specific inspirations for the character.
“There are three main factors for me: there’s the Joker from Batman, Heath Ledger, how kind of unpredictable he is, that strange, psychotic energy. Dennis the Menace was a major factor, and Liam Gallagher – those are my three! Mostly for the walk, Liam Gallagher.”
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