There’s no denying that when it comes to epic Game of Thrones villains, Ramsay Bolton was probably the very worst. And that’s saying something in a show that has given us characters like Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei Lannister and Petyr Baelish.
So you’d think that people would learn their lesson when it comes to making the guy angry, no?
Okay, so to be fair Ramsay Bolton as a character died at the end of the HBO Canada show’s sixth season following an epic battle in the North. But the man who played him, Iwan Rheon, is alive, well, and ready to be just as villainous in his next project: Marvel’s Inhumans (Fridays at 8 p.m. on CTV).
In the top-secret series, which was released in Imax theatres earlier this month, Rheon plays a pretty shady guy named Maximus. His brother, Black Bolt (Anson Mount) is the King of the Inhumans, a gig that Maximus felt should have gone to him since Black Bolt cannot speak without killing everyone in sight. (As far as superpowers go, that kind of sucks, but we digress.)
So why didn’t the job go to Maximus? Because Black Bolt happened to fall in love with a woman named Medusa (Serinda Swan), and the two of them developed a usable language. Now, she serves as the Queen of the Inhumans, and does all of Hubby’s translating for him. Obviously, as we’ll learn in the pilot, that doesn’t go over well with Maximus.
“You can tell there’s a sort of scorned love. Without Medusa and Black Bolt creating this language, and giving him his voice back where he could become king, it would have been on Maximus,” Swan explains. “So Maximus has this idea that Medusa would have been his queen, and he would have been the king. So by her choosing Black Bolt his whole world fell apart. There is this underlying anger and spite that you can see.”
How did this language come about, exactly? Considering that humans and the Inhumans don’t really get along, ASL wasn’t exactly an option for Mount when it came to crafting the character of Black Bolt. So he started making up his own language as he went along, keeping track of it in a Google Doc and sharing it with Swan so that she could learn it too.
“I met with the sign consultant a couple of times and learned ASL’s underlying rules and then I had to just make the signs myself,” he explains. “Funny enough, the easiest part was coming up with signs and recalling them on an individual basis because they came from me. I made them up. It’s not like learning Spanish; it’s very intuitive. But what’s really hard is that I’m not just doing the signs, I’m communicating something, and that’s a different thing. To get your brain-mouth connection changed into your brain-hand connection was hard.”
With the language out of the way, the question remains: why would Black Bolt continue to trust his brother when his brother obviously has bad intentions? As we can gather from the photo above, the man’s aspirations run a bit deeper than blood. Unfortunately, it looks like blood is exactly why Black Bolt continues to put his faith in family — no matter how undeserved that faith is. And when it comes to Maximus, it may bite him in the butt.
“What’s stronger, politics or blood? To Black Bolt, blood is certainly thick enough to want to keep his brother around, as much as of a troublemaker as he is, because he’s a very, very, very valuable adviser. He is, by far, the most intelligent member of the family,” Mount adds. “He’s pitted as sort of this nemesis, and Iwan did a very good job of creating a protagonist out of this character. And when you really listen to what he says, it makes a lot of sense. And I think that both brothers learn from each other through their different ways of looking at their own world.”
Good luck with that. We suppose we’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out, but something tells us things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better for this royal family.