Iwan Rheon has played the part of Ramsay Bolton so well that his very gaze sends chills down the spines of viewers. The 30-year-old actor has embraced his “most hated man on TV” title, but once upon a time, he was being considered for an entirely different role on Game of Thrones.
Rheon told Interview Magazine about his audition process for Game of Thrones and how he very nearly bagged the role of Jon Snow.
“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?’” Rheon shared, adding that although he didn’t know much about the character at the time, he still went in for the kill.
When asked how far he got in the process, Iwan Rheon said it reached the point where it was between him and Kit Harrington, who was eventually cast as the dearly beloved Jon Snow.
“It could’ve been so different. I’d be dead now,” Rheon quipped. “I think they made the right choice; it would’ve been a very different Jon Snow if I’d played him,” he added.
Rheon also revealed that at the time he auditioned for Ramsay Bolton, he was also going in for the part of Daario Naharis, a role that initially went to Ed Skrein until he was replaced by Michael Huisman.
There are no hard feelings for the Welshman, especially since he’s been receiving praise for his stellar performance as the North’s psychotic and sadistic baddie. Speaking to The New York Times, Rheon said he considers it an honor to be regarded as TV’s most sinister villains.
In the meantime, a sneak peek for the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 shows Ramsay Bolton in all his evil glory. He believes that Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy are heading towards Castle Black, where Sansa’s half-brother Jon Snow is believed to be serving as the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He proposes an attack on Castle Black in an attempt to retrieve his bride.
Game of Thrones Season 6 airs every Sunday on HBO.