"I prefer being an only child," says Ramsay, perpetuating a hilarious only-child stereotype that has to sting for anyone without siblings. It's a silly quip that undersells the gravity of the moment. It probably would've been less over the top if he had turned to the camera and said, "Can you believe I went there? Look at me. I'm a naughty boy!"
But rewatch the scene, and maybe you'll notice a funny look on Ramsay's face. Was that, for the first time, the slightest glimmer of regret? Is this latest atrocity the tipping point that will lead to a friendlier, more human Ramsay? I don't think I'm misreading the moment, either. "It's not calculated, it's reactionary," said Iwan Rheon about the killing of Roose Bolton in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "And it has an effect on him, which he didn't expect."
Those comments, along with the emotions he displayed following the death of fellow sadist Myranda, suggest that Ramsay might have a hint of humanity that will be explored in the next few episodes. But it also feels like too little, too late. At this point, most viewers are just eagerly anticipating his death every time he pops up on screen.