One ‘Game of Thrones’ Death Scene Was Originally Far More Graphic

Matthew Loffhagen
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Game of Thrones is not a show that pulls its punches when it comes to mature content.

From (sometimes gratuitous) nudity to violence and gore, the show isn’t aimed at children, and often portrays some particularly unsettling scenes.

According to the show’s visual effects team, Imagine Engine, things could have been a whole lot worse for one character’s demise in Season Six. Be warned: spoilers abound beyond this point.

In Season Six, fans of Game of Thrones finally saw Ramsay Bolton get his comeuppance, at the hands of his own dogs. Speaking about creating the visuals, Imagine Engine’s Mat Krentz explains that, after mocking up several versions, the team went with a less graphic effect for the scene.

“They shot the scene with multiple takes. They did a pass of the dog on green screen, then Ramsay on green screen, and then we also had a background plate, which we put together.”

According to Krentz, the finished version of the effect, which used 3D graphics to tear away Bolton’s jaw, was deemed far too violent, even for Game of Thrones’ usual standards. Ultimately, a less gruesome version using only some of the team’s effects was created in order to make things a little more palatable for audiences.

Source: HBO


Krentz’s comments do make the original version of the death scene sound very appealing for those Game of Thrones fans with iron stomachs for blood and guts. Perhaps, with any luck, this earlier version of the scene will surface online or on as a feature on a box set for the show.

Either way, fans can expect plenty more gruesome deaths when the show returns to air in Spring of next year.