Jack Gleeson is happy he left Game of Thrones when he did. "My dad always said you should never be the last to leave a party," the 24-year-old actor told a crowd at New York Comic Con over the weekend. "Then everyone is sleepy and cranky, and it's awful. You should leave late but not too late so that the energy is still there. I feel like I left at the right time."
The Irish actor departed the sweeping HBO drama in Season 4 when King Joffrey Baratheon, the wicked little boy-king who ordered Ned Stark's death and promised to cook and serve Robb's head to Sansa on a silver plate, ultimately choked to death at his own wedding. Good riddance, right? Well, it's been said that Game of Thrones has had a bit of a villain problem since Joffrey's death, which was then followed by the death of Tywin Lannister at the end of the season. But Gleeson doesn't really care.
He never watched Game of Thrones when he was on it — the young actor famously said he didn't like watching himself on screen (and he still doesn't) — and even when he got the episodic scripts, he would only ever read his scenes. So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to learn that Gleeson still doesn't watch the series.
"There's too much to catch up on. I haven't a clue what's going on there," he said. "It's crazy. In my mind, all these characters are still alive, and everyone's in this place, and those people are in that place, and they have these motivations — and now everything has been screwed around so much. It's a completely different show."
"Maybe I should get into it. I hear it's good," he joked. "It always wins Emmys. I hear the acting is really good in it. Maybe I should give it a shot."
Gleeson may not have a clue what's happening in Westeros at the moment, but he does have a theory for how it should all end. When asked who should sit atop the Iron Throne, the actor, who spent three seasons sitting in that very position, shared a popular theory he heard from someone else — a theory that makes a lot of sense.
"This isn't a spoiler, because I know zero about the show and I literally know nothing about what will happen." (So don't take it as gospel.) "[A fan] came up with this theory that they told me... someone's going to melt down the Iron Throne because it has the Valyrian steel that will overcome the White Walkers. I think that's kind of a cool idea — the monarchy is literally dissolved."
That's just cool; it's completely plausible. After all, a long winter is coming to Westeros, which means supplies will start to dwindle among the Seven Kingdoms. The Iron Throne may be the realm's only hope against the wights. Plus, it would be poetic justice for Daenerys, who's worked so hard to claim the throne that's rightfully hers, only to melt it all down for the good of the Seven Kingdoms. Not to mention, that throne is a symbol of the Targarygen dynasty — and Dany's the only one who could melt it down with her dragon fire.
Pretty good for someone who doesn't have a clue what's happening on the show, Gleeson. Then again, who among us actually does know what's going on in Westeros anymore?