That Game of Thrones death scene in season 6 was meant to be even more gruesome

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WARNING: This article is dark and full of Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers.

There isn't much television that's more violent than Game of Thrones - which has had its fair share of gory deaths in its 60 episodes to date - but apparently even the HBO show has its limits when it comes to depicting its characters' brutal demises on screen.

According to visual effects company Image Engine - who were responsible for all 72 of the deaths in Game of Thrones' sixth season - the (very satisfying) death by dog of Ramsay Bolton was meant to be even more gruesome. Supervisor Mat Krentz told Variety that his team created and animated a CGI jaw that would be ripped from Ramsay's face, but it was ultimately decided that the effect was too gruesome.  

Check out a breakdown of Image Engine's season 6 work below...

I doubt many would have complained if Ramsay's death was more graphic, but the scene that made it to air still had the desired impact. Added focus on Ramsay's final moments might have detracted from Sansa's cold-as-ice enjoyment of her torturer's demise too, and that's arguably the highlight of the entire sequence.

Don't expect Game of Thrones to pull many more of its punches when season 7 debuts in summer 2017.

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Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.