Joffrey Baratheon Plans to Become a Philosophy Professor


King Joffrey had a hard time ruling Westeros, but will that be anything compared to his quest to become a philosophy professor?

[Note: apparently this is old and outdated news. Thanks to a commenter for pointing this out. I’m leaving it up in the hopes that people make some good GoT-related jokes.]

19-year-old actor Jack Gleeson, who plays the spoiled, psychopathic tyrant Joffrey Baratheon on the HBO show Game of Thrones, is a second-year student studying philosophy and theology at Trinity College. He was just made a scholar there on account of having “demonstrated exceptional knowledge and understanding,” according to The Irish Independent.

Gleeson says that once Game of Thrones ends, he will likely not continue in professional acting. “I’d like to be an academic, a philosophy lecturer if possible,” he says.

He added: “I know academic offices aren’t much but let me tell you, that Iron Throne does a number on your back.”

He added: “Everyone thinks Uncle Tyrion is the real philosopher in the family, but ‘I drink and I know things’ is not philosophy! I’ll show him. I’ll show everyone.”

He added: “I’ve been following the philosophy blogosphere lately and I think the role of Joffrey has prepared me well for the discipline.”

He added: “My mother was upset that this career would probably take me far from home and she was like, ‘You should just take a job at King’s Landing University!’ even though I’ve explained to her that’s not how it works. She’s like, ‘Let me handle it.’ Ugh. Moms.”

Source: The Irish Independent, via Helen de Cruz.

(Oh, and for those interested in Game of Thrones and philosophy, there’s this and this.)

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olenna tyrell
olenna tyrell
2 years ago

check the date on that link: it’s from 2012!

wikipedia writes: “In 2014, Gleeson confirmed he would be permanently retiring from acting after concluding his work in Game of Thrones. In the same interview, he stated that while he had previously been interested in pursuing academia, he had since ‘gone off that idea. In 2015, Gleeson starred in the puppetry shows Bears in Space created by his theatre company Collapsing Horse and in mid-2016 the show premiered in New York.”Report

olenna tyrell
olenna tyrell
Reply to  Justin Weinberg
2 years ago

You know nothing, Justin Weinberg.

**ducks**Report

Jason Brennan
Jason Brennan
Reply to  olenna tyrell
2 years ago

The damn Lannisters will lie through their teeth to make it easier to double-cross their rivals. Sure, he *says* he is not pursuing academia, but don’t let your guard down for one damn minute.

At least in his case, taking out loans to pursue the PhD/DPhil isn’t such a bad idea. They always pay their debts.Report

Baratheon in Name Only
Baratheon in Name Only
Reply to  olenna tyrell
2 years ago

“In 2015, Gleeson starred in the puppetry shows Bears in Space created by his theatre company Collapsing Horse and in mid-2016 the show premiered in New York.”

With that kind of success, academic philosophy starts to look good.Report

Matthew Maler
Matthew Maler
2 years ago

He’ll definitely need to be a philosophy professor; he sure as hell isn’t going to be a philosopher king. Report