The following article contains spoilers for the current season of Game of Thrones.
Ramsey Bolton has offically become one of the most hated characters in television history. Iwan Rheon plays Bolton on Game of Thrones and this Sunday’s episode of Thrones has been teasing the ultimate showdown between Bolton and Jon Snow. Rheon has been waiting for this moment since the start of the series.
“Anyone who has asked me, ‘Who would you like Ramsay to meet?’ My answer has always been, ‘Jon Snow,’ He’s the antithesis of Ramsay. They’re almost a yin and a yang. They both come from such a similar place yet they’re so different. And even though they’re enemies, they’ve both risen so far as bastards, which is almost incomprehensible, and now they’re both here facing each other. They couldn’t be any more different, yet more similar.”
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have repeatedly teased that this will be the biggest battle that the show has ever filmed. Writer/producer Bryan Cogman said it had long been the desire to do a “proper” battle justice, with two armies arrayed on opposite sides and the strategy therein.
The battle took 25 days to film in Northern Ireland. That’s just the battle, not the episode itself. For perspective, usual TV episode production turnaround is 8-12 days. HBO did not release a full budget for the episode, but it averaged $10 million an episode this season (to give you a comparison, Season 2’s acclaimed battle episode “Blackwater” cost $6 million). This one assuredly cost more, maybe much more, almost certainly making it the most expensive episode in the show’s history.
You can also check out the trailer below. While we wait till Sunday, catch up on our Thrones coverage with our 5 predictions for the last two Game of Thrones episodes of 2016 or learn the 5 ways the show revolutionized fantasy and TV at the same time. Lastly, get up to speed with our recaps and check back shortly after Sunday’s episode for Heroic Hollywood’s in-depth look at the episode.
Source: Entertainment Weekly