Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson plays The Mountain, one of Westeros' most frightening warriors in HBO's hit series Game of Thrones. If you see him on the street, he's not hard to recognize — he's the man twice as big as everyone else, lifting a full-sized couch with one arm while holding a train back with the other.
Do they ever make requests of you?
I get a lot of requests fans asking if I want to squeeze their eyes. That’s very popular. Or pick them up over head. But the most popular to squeeze their eyes out.
Ah, like The Mountain did do Prince Oberyn. So do you do it?
I don’t lift anyone. Usually just girls. I have had to say no because if I’m going to lift one person then so many others are going to ask to be lifted too. If it’s just one person, okay, but it’s crowded then I know others are going to ask. You have to try to be fair to everyone you know.
While they had his ear, EW also asked Björnsson about everyone's favorite sibling spat: Cleganebowl. Many fans have long seen this battle between the two Cleganes (the Hound and the Mountain) as inevitable.
Do you think The Mountain will ever fight The Hound?
That’s definitely something I would like to see. And for most of the fans, it’s something they’re all waiting for. It looks like it’s going to go that way, but who knows?
How do you think that fight would end?
I haven’t seen it yet in my head how I would kill him, but somehow I would smash his head or kill him like that. I think the fight would be quick rather than something long. I think people would be expecting a big fight but I would finish him really fast. It would be a surprise to people.
So you think The Mountain would win then?
Of course, if you want to watch it, you'll need eyes, so please respect Björnsson's personal space and stop asking him to squeeze your face. He deserves a little deference.
Will The Mountain survive Game of Thrones?
That’s a good question. I don’t know. To be honest with you, I think I will die at some point. I would like to live. I think it’s pretty obvious I’m going to die in a fight.