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‘Game of Thrones’ Special Effects Creators: Villain’s Gory Death Was Scaled Back

Variety | September 13, 2016 | Original Article

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Season 6 of “Game of Thrones.” Proceed at your own risk. But honestly, if you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for?

Ramsay Bolton’s death at the hands (or should we say paws and jaws) of his own dogs was one of the most satisfying moments of the most recent “Game of Thrones” season.

As graphic as Bolton’s demise was, Image Engine — the company that created many of the memorable scenes for Season 6 — intended it to be even more gory.

“They shot the scene with multiple takes,” explained Image Engine visual effects supervisor Mat Krentz. “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.” Artists also created a CG jaw for Bolton, and animated it to reveal the flesh ripping between Ramsay’s skin and gums. The effect was too gruesome even by “Thrones” standards, so they pulled it back a bit, using a 2D composite instead.

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