The one and only Joffrey, aka Jack Gleeson, has a pretty compelling theory as to how Game of Thrones might end which he revealed during a New York Comic-Con panel that Bustle attended. Gleeson began by stressing some important information, stating, "this isn't a spoiler, because I know zero about the show and I literally know nothing about what will happen." OK, everyone? So we're all on the same page: Just a theory, don't freak out, and don't take it as gospel. It's also not exactly Jack Gleeson's own Iron Throne theory; it's a theory he heard from someone else.
So, now on to the juicy stuff. While speaking at Comic-Con, he said: "[A fan] came up with this theory that they told me ... someone's going to like melt down the Iron Throne because it has the Valyrian steel that will overcome the White Walkers," he told the audience. "So, I think that's kind of a cool idea — the monarchy is literally dissolved."
I find this theory relatively convincing. To start, as Gleeson pointed out, it's got a lot of metaphorical resonance ("the monarchy is literally dissolved"). After all, no matter who you're rooting for on the show, even the most just of the rulers (whether Khaleesi or Jon Snow) have had to be cruel and savage at moments in order to retain their positions of power. The problem isn't necessarily the characters and how good or bad they are, but the system itself — a monarchy bestows all the power on one person, and it's hard to rule fairly when people are always trying to undermine you in moments of weakness.
Another point for this theory is that it deals with the White Walker issue, which remains to be resolved. As fans know, the White Walkers can only be defeated via Valyrian steel (or, sure, via Dragonglass). This is tricky because there are only a handful of swords made from Valyrian steel left in the world. As such, melting the throne would be a powerful resolution for the issue of the White Walkers.
It would also give the leaders of the Game of Thrones universe a motivation big enough to usher in the enormous social change that would be the end of a monarchy. Anything less than saving the world as they know it would probably be too slight a reason for leaders as committed to the current system as, say, Daenarys Stormborn or Cersei Lannister to overthrow what they know.
So, sure, according to Gleeson it's very much just a theory. But, so far, it's one of the most convincing theories I've heard about the future of the show.
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Additional reporting by Martha Sorren.