Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon: I’d love to carry on as Ramsay – but who knows?

The actor discusses the future of the sadistic Ramsay Bolton after last week's episode featured the brutal rape of his new wife Sansa Stark (played by Sophie Turner)

How long until Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) gets revenge on her sadistic new husband Ramsay Bolton? That’s the question on the lips of Game of Thrones fans, many of whom were outraged when last week’s episode concluded with a controversial scene showing the Bastard of Bolton ordering Theon (Sansa’s adopted brother) to watch as he raped Sansa in her childhood home.

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But actor Iwan Rheon – who plays Ramsay – says he has “no idea” how long he will remain on the series which is notorious for the sudden demise of its major characters. “Anyone can go at any time,” he tells the latest edition of Radio Times. “Death is always around the corner for all of us.”

If it’s up to Rheon, though, Ramsay will be sticking around for a while yet, even if the HBO series does provide the actor with some of the darkest material he’s ever had to work on. 

“I really enjoy the role,” he says, “though some of the stuff is more disturbing than anything I’ve ever done. But I’d love to carry on.”

Tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones (9pm, Sky Atlantic) could feature the repercussions of last week’s much-discussed scene, but Rheon will appear on TV screens in an entirely different guise the following week, playing Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi’s doe-eyed neighbour Ash in the return of ITV comedy Vicious (9pm, 1st June).

How does it compare to Game of Thrones? “Polar opposites! It’s quite bizarre. I was just finishing this fifth series of Game of Thrones and there was an overlap with Vicious. I was slightly worried until Ian McKellen pointed out I’d be in a different costume and I’d be fine!”

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Read the full interview with Iwan Rheon in the new issue of Radio Times, on sale from Tuesday 19th May in shops and from newsstand for iPad and iPhone.