This is how 'Game of Thrones' actors find out they die: prank phone calls from the showrunners.

This is how 'Game of Thrones' actors find out they die: prank phone calls from the showrunners.
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Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers below, of course.

Iwan Rheon is now famous to Thrones fans as the despicable Ramsay Bolton (née Snow), but he originally auditioned for the part of Jon Snow. In real life, Rheon's has more in common with the show's protagonist than its most hated villain. Specifically, his ability (or lack thereof) to deceive. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Rheon revealed the toll keeping friends and family spoilers-free took on him since he wrapped filming in December:

But it's a relief that I can now talk about it openly. I filmed the final scenes back in December - so I've been lying to everyone for six months. It's difficult because I'm not a very good liar.

This is how 'Game of Thrones' actors find out they die: prank phone calls from the showrunners.
Typecast as guy with punchable face.

He also shared a gem regarding the mechanics behind the show. Apparently, when your character's getting written out of the series, the show runners basically dial you up for a prank call. "When you get the call," says Rheon, "you know what's coming."

You get a call. It was from David and Dan, the creators. They said 'Hey congratulations, Ramsay makes it to the Iron Throne.' And I'm like 'I'm dead aren't I?'

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Yes.

This is how 'Game of Thrones' actors find out they die: prank phone calls from the showrunners.
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Ramsay had known about his death for approximately a year before the rest of the world watched dogs tear his face to death. Unlike Ramsay, he's glad the starving hounds betrayed him, even if he's still dealing with "a kind of grieving process."

I've always said I'd like a dragon-related death. But I'll take dogs. It's a lot better than just falling down some stairs or dying peacefully in my sleep.

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He's talking about his character. As a human, dragon death is at the top of the "worst ways to die" list, right below getting munched up by dogs and right above getting an arrow through the eye. Ramsay Bolton deserved all three at once.

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