During an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussed their favorite deaths from the show. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the heroic deaths that stood out to them, but rather the demise of villainous characters that they particularly enjoyed. Weiss mentioned that while the show killed off many good guys early on, it was the deaths of characters like Joffrey and Ramsay that brought them satisfaction.

Epitome of Villainy: Joffrey and Ramsay

Weiss expressed his fondness for the deaths of Joffrey (played by Jack Gleeson) in season 4 and Ramsay Bolton (portrayed by Iwan Rheon) in season 6. He described the experience as a return to the “old-fashioned joys” of eliminating truly despicable characters. According to Weiss, these deaths served as a way to balance the scales between good and bad characters meeting their respective fates.

The Impactful Death of Ramsay Bolton

Benioff recalled the memorable scene of Ramsay’s demise, noting that the decision to focus on Sansa Stark’s reaction to the event rather than the act itself made it striking. Despite the brutal nature of Ramsay’s death, Sansa’s subtle smile as she witnesses it adds a layer of satisfaction for the viewer. Benioff praised Sophie Turner for her performance in that scene, highlighting her ability to convey a mix of emotions in a single shot.

Similarly, Joffrey’s poisoning in Season 4 was a significant moment for both the characters and the audience. Known for his cruel and sadistic nature, Joffrey’s demise was eagerly anticipated by viewers who despised him. The manner in which he met his end added a sense of poetic justice to his character arc, further cementing his status as one of the most detested figures in the series.

While the main Game of Thrones series has concluded, Benioff and Weiss have moved on to collaborate with Netflix on various projects, including the recently released “3 Body Problem.” However, the spirit of the Game of Thrones universe lives on with the upcoming spinoff series, “House of the Dragon,” set to premiere in June. Despite the show’s conclusion, the impact of its characters and their deaths continues to resonate with fans and creators alike.

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