Warning: "Game of Thrones" spoilers ahead.
But things were looking almost rosy for good ol' Samwell Tarly, who ended the season finale dazzled by all the books he could suddenly enjoy at the Citadel.
Turns out that John Bradley, who plays Sam on the HBO fantasy hit, isn't as much of a reader as Sam. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything conversation held on Tuesday, Bradley said reading for fun is new to him.
"It's true that I didn't read a book that wasn't about football for pleasure until I was 16 years old," he wrote. "But just recently I've discovered a love of reading for pleasure."
While he plays one of the show's true good guys on "Game of Thrones," Bradley is now starring as the bad guy in a new VOD thriller called "Traders," where he essentially organizes trials by combat for the modern world. And there's another intriguing bad guy he'd like to play.
"I'd really love to have a go at playing The Penguin in a Batman movie because I think it'd be so interesting to try and do a psychologically valid Penguin," Bradley said. "He lives so much in the comic book world, it would be nice to try and find a way to give him some credibility and justification and make him a presence in the real world."
Holy top hat, Batman, DC Comics need to get on that casting.