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Fan Expo 2016: Jack Gleeson Tells Us Who’d Win In A Fight Between Joffrey And Ramsay

If you’ve ever seen Game of Thrones’ Jack Gleeson interviewed, you’d know that the 24-year-old actor is smart, thoughtful, and funny—so, the polar opposite of his character, Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey’s been dead and gone since the start of season four, but he’s not forgotten. Gleeson says that two years on, he still has fans approach him to express the depths of their hatred for the little blonde tyrant of King’s Landing.


“Usually people say, with a big, beaming smile on their face, that they hate me. The question I get asked a lot is ‘Do people hit you on the street?’ but I’m like ‘No! Obviously not.’ I think if they did that, they should be in an institution or something. Everyone of my fans, especially here [at Fan Expo], has just been so cool and so nice. It’s a weird thing when you hate the character but you appreciate hating the character.”


Since Joffrey’s Purple Wedding death (at which he says he just “tried to be as chokey as possible”) Ramsay Bolton has ascended to the top of GoT fans’ love-to-hate list. The character, played by Iwan Rheon, met his own violent end this season with a death that outdid even Joffrey’s purple-faced demise. Torn apart by your own pack of starved dogs?  That’s GoT justice in its purest, most satisfying form.

While Ramsay and Joffrey never crossed paths, you have to wonder which detestable, power-hungry maniac would have come out on top if they had. Gleeson is certain he knows: “I think Joffrey would lose in any situation. I think he’s such a spineless character. He would definitely be emasculated instantly by Ramsay.” Gleeson told InnerSpace‘s Morgan Hoffman and the Toronto crowd. “Obviously Ramsay’s a pretty weird guy, but he has a certain level of egomaniacal self-confidence, whereas Joffrey’s confidence is slightly more brittle. He’d be broken with a single look or stare. Physically, Joffrey would lose every time.”

But that’s in the Game of Thrones world, which, as Gleeson pointed out many times, is make believe (hey, if you played Joffrey Baratheon, you would too). So what about a real world matchup? Gleeson’s got an answer for that, too: “Obviously between me and Iwan, I’d win every time.”