Ever since Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) made his debut in Game of Thrones Season 3, we’ve hated his guts. We’ve yet to see him outside the Dreadfort (or at least outside the woods surrounding the Dreadfort), so what’s coming up for Ramsay as the Boltons look to expand their reputation as Wardens of the North?
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Ramsay’s next move is to send Theon to Moat Cailin, the last Ironborn stronghold left in the North. Once there, Theon, acting under Ramsay's orders, convinces his countrymen to surrender under the promise of freedom if they do so. They go with Theon, and Ramsay has them all flayed alive. After this, Roose Bolton legitimizes Ramsay, making him Ramsay Bolton. Why would Roose do this?
In the books, Roose’s next move is to wed Ramsay to Arya Stark. Don’t worry, it’s not the real Arya Stark; they find a brunette girl from Winterfell and make her pretend to be Arya. Roose’s reason for legitimizing Ramsay and wedding her to Fuax-Arya is to unite the North; not all of the Northern lords are happy with the Boltons as their liege lords, so marrying off Ramsay to their traditional lords the Starks solidifies the Bolton’s hold on the region. On his wedding night, Ramsay abuses Faux-Arya while making Reek watch and take part in sexually assaulting her.
During the wedding and its aftermath, which is at Winterfell, there is a lot of friction between the Freys, who are present, and one prominent Northern house, the Manderlys. The Manderlys lost a lot of men at the Red Wedding, and they rightfully blame the Freys for that. Eventually, Frey men start being killed, and tempers flare all around. The murders are actually being committed by Mance Rayder, who’s there in disguise (long story) to rescue Faux-Arya, believing her to be the real Arya. Eventually, Theon and Faux-Arya escape, leaving Ramsay furious. The last we hear from Ramsay, he writes a letter to Jon Snow, claiming that he wants his wife and his Reek back. He also claims that he has Mance Rayder, and that he has killed Stannis, whose army had been planning an attack on Winterfell. It’s unclear how much of Ramsay’s letter is true and how much is false.
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