Ramsay Snow has been revealed as the name of the character that has been mercilessly torturing Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) throughout season three of Game of Thrones – and he’s the bastard son of traitor Roose Bolton. Ramsay's crimes against Theon include cutting off his genitals and sending it in a box to his family.

Iwan Rheon, the Welsh actor who has been playing the role formally known only as “Boy,” has had to keep quiet about his character’s true identity throughout his run on the HBO series. “I had to keep it on the down low, big time,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It does make things much easier for me, it’s annoying not even being able to reveal who you are. Everywhere you go people are trying to get it out of you. It’s been quite funny, a lot of my mates were really into the show before [I was cast]. They’ve all come back and are like, ‘you horrible little bastard.’”

In the Song of Fire and Ice novels, written by George R. R. Martin, Theon isn’t heard of for quite a while after he loses control of Winterfell. Ramsay isn’t introduced into the novel until later on in the story when Theon reemerges in his dungeon after a lengthy period of being missing. With the way the producers introduced their story, they were even able to surprise some readers of the books with Ramsay’s identity.

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Rheon’s portrayal of Roose Bolton’s bastard has been one of the harder things to watch on the show this season, and it’s clear that the character’s frightening disposition will make him one of the more feared villains in the series in episodes to come. Although the actor said, "[Ramsay is] definitely one of the last people you’d want to meet on a dark street,” he declined to comment on what’s in store for his character and Allen’s on the next season of Game of Thrones.

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