Iwan Rheon on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” ABC
Warning: If you’re not caught up on “Game of Thrones,” there are spoilers for the show ahead.
Iwan Rheon played one of the meanest villains on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He tortured and dismembered Theon Greyjoy, abused his wife Sansa, and fed his stepmother and newborn brother to a pack of dogs. So it was fitting his send-off was equally as vicious. Sansa left him to be eaten by his hungry pet canines in a cold, dark cell on season six.
The scene is pretty gruesome as the dogs start to tear at his flesh. But Rheon, of course, was never in any actual harm while filming. During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday, Rheon described how the memorable scene came to pass.
“It was the last scene I did, so I did suspect they’d actually let it happen for real,” said Rheon of the dogs tearing away at him. “Realistically, I wasn’t anywhere near any dogs.”
No dog ever got this close to Rheon. HBO
Rheon did see a few dogs on set that they’ve used before. But when he tried to be friendly with them, he was strongly advised against having direct interaction with them.
Hew said, “They were like, ‘Don’t look the dog training collar in the eye!'”
Iwan Rheon imitating what it was like being told to not look directly into the dog’s eyes. ABC
“They’re not like pets. They’re kind of guard dogs. They’re trained to be vicious, really, and they only listen to their owner. So if you have eye contact with them, they take that as a direct threat. So I wasn’t allowed to be anywhere near these dogs.”
Rheon noted that the finished scene that aired was all CGI. There may have been one shot where there’s an actual dog behind him in a cage.
Kimmel thought it may just be easier to film with dogs “who are trained not to kill the actors.”
“It’s so ‘Game of Thrones’ isn’t it not to do that?” joked Rheon.
You can tune in to see who will get killed off “Game of Thrones” next when it airs on HBO Sunday night.
Watch Rheon on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” below: