Jack Gleeson did a lot of bad things on Game of Thrones as King Joffrey Baratheon. He was abusive, he murdered for fun, and you just wanted to slap his bratty little face every time he was on screen. But in real life, he seems like a cool dude. I’m basing this mostly on Gleeson quitting Hollywood to focus on his real passion: writing a play about “two cosmonaut bears on a spaceship hurtling toward the impossibly distant limits of the universe, and the villainous beings who chase them.” (Can Lady Crane play one of the astro-bears?) But he also played along with every fan question at New York Comic-Con this weekend, even slipping back into character at one point.
When asked who he’d like to see sitting on the Iron Throne, Gleeson replied… no one. He instead brought up a popular theory that “someone’s going to like melt down the Iron Throne because it has the Valyrian steel that will overcome the White Walkers,” he said. “So, I think that’s kind of a cool idea. The monarchy is literally dissolved.” Gleeson assured everyone that “this isn’t a spoiler, because I know zero about the show and I literally know nothing about what will happen,” but it’s not a bad theory. Who’s the “someone” that will do the melting, though? Maybe Melisandre can use her resurrection magic on Khal Drogo — he knows a thing or two about murder-by-melting.