Although Ramsay has replaced Joffrey as the most loathed character to appear on Game of Thrones, I think we should take a moment to appreciate Iwan Rheon, the actor who portrays the psychopath with chilling accuracy, since next week is Bastard Bowl (the Jon Snow v. Ramsay Snow battle for Winterfell)
And considering that only one bastard can live, Lord Bolton might not be around much longer.
1. Hard to imagine him as anyone but Ramsay Snow? He originally played the endearing juvenile delinquent Simon on the show Misfits
2. He also auditioned for Viserys, Jon Snow and Daario Naharis before getting the part of Ramsay.
In an interview with Interview Magazine, Rheon recounts his audition process for Game of Thrones:
"When the pilot first came it was a general audition. I think it was for Viserys, Daenerys's brother. And then they were like, "Can you come back in and read for this other character, Jon Snow?" At the time I didn't know much about it. So I auditioned for Jon Snow, but so did a lot of other people probably...[Later] I was working on a film in Spain and I had to send in a tape [for Ramsay]. I don't really know what the initial reaction was. Luckily, I was back in London for a week in the middle of shooting, and the guys happened to be there so I could go in and meet them for an audition. I was going in for two roles even then, Daario Naharis was the other one I think."
3. Even though we can't imagine anyone else playing Ramsay, Rheon doesn't resemble the physical description of Ramsay from the books. Here it is:
LynxSphinx captures this version:
4. He stays in character...
5. SUPER in character
6. Even giving Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) a hard time offscreen
7. Don't worry. He can be nice to Alfie, too...
8. Like Ramsay, Iwan is a little powerhungry.
9. He makes dick jokes on and off the show
HahahahahahHaha! pic.twitter.com/I2nnKcFInU-- Iwan Rheon (@iwanrheon) September 5, 2013
10. Sometimes, he's gotta take a break from all that drab black clothing.
11. He's inspired some, uh, interesting fan art.
Magical Ramsay by lady-voldything
12. And some fan art that might prove prescient? We'll see on Sunday.
Stark Justice by cheshfire