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It’s been a couple years since Joffrey Baratheon, first of his name, lost his claim to the Iron Throne after being poisoned at his own wedding, but the actor behind one of Game of Thrones’ more unlikeable characters has some interesting thoughts on how the show will end.
But Gleeson, who doesn’t currently keep up with Game of Thrones—and hasn’t read A Song of Ice and Fire—had his own theories about what will happen to the Iron Throne by the end of the series. He might’ve been asked about which character ended up on it, but as he points out, will there even be an Iron Throne by the end of it?
Gleeson believes in the theory that before the end, Westeros will have to break down and melt the Iron Throne, which is said to have 1,000 blades, to defeat the ultimate threat in Westeros: the White Walkers.
While the kind of metal the blades that make up the throne are made of is unspecified, it could have possibly been created with Valyrian steel, which is one of the few weapons that can kill a White Walker; dragonglass can also be used. Balerion the Black Dread, Aegon the Conqueror’s dragon, helped forge the Iron Throne more than 300 years ago—and it’s rumored that dragons were used to forge Valyrian steel.
“I think that’s kind of a cool idea,” Gleeson said, according to Vanity Fair. “The monarchy is literally dissolved.”
Luckily for everyone in Westeros, there so happens to be a dragon or three heading towards the Seven Kingdoms that have the presumed ability to melt the Iron Throne, but first Daenerys Targaryen has to get to the throne and come to the realization that there are worse problems to solve than her birthright.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.