'Game of Thrones' King Joffrey to Retire from Acting?

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Though we could find 'Game of Thrones' star Jack Gleeson's diverse body of work beginning as early as 2005's 'Batman Begins,' most would forever associate him with the sniveling and impetuous King Joffrey of HBO's fantasy-drama. It remains to be seen how much longer the character will escape the axe, given series creator George R.R. Martin's tendency to kill more beloved characters, but will Gleeson retire from acting altogether after 'Game of Thrones'?

“[Acting] was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing ‘Game of Thrones’ perhaps the reality was made too real for me,” Gleeson told Ireland’s Independent of the potential to quit the field. ”The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.” Gleeson won the role at the age of 17 in 2010, though has frequently been identified as more approachable and jovial than his onscreen counterpart.

Gleeson will maintain his active role as the villainous king through the upcoming fourth season, which itself will highlight the Royal Wedding between his character and Natalie Dormer's Margaery Tyrell, but as fans of the book series know, weddings are no guarantee of future longevity with the HBO series. So where might Gleeson end up once Joffrey relinquishes the crown (or his head)? Likely returning to his Haiti humanitarian work with relief agency Goal, as:

I'd been looking to use the celebrity I've got from the show to bring awareness for causes Goal supports...It was inspiring to see the improvements being made in Haiti, to see the motivation of the people to improve the quality of life. People are eager to get on with their lives and be resilient.

What do you think? However long King Joffrey has left on HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' would you be disappointed to see Jack Gleeson retire from acting altogether, or would it be too difficult to see him in another role? Tell us what you want to see from King Joffrey this coming season on 'Game of Thrones' in the comments!

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