By Tyler Aquilina
January 19, 2020 at 09:09 PM EST
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Well, at least someone is happy with the way Game of Thrones wrapped up.

Pilou Asbæk, who played devil-may-care pirate Euron Greyjoy on the HBO series, swung by to chat with EW and PeopleTV on the 2020 SAG Awards red carpet on Sunday. Asked about Thrones‘ controversial conclusion, Asbæk voiced his support for the way the series ended. In case you need a refresher: Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) went Mad Queen and torched King’s Landing, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) killed her, and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) ascended to the Iron Throne.

“When we had the read-through… we ended up doing a standing ovation for 15, 20 minutes. It was a perfect ending,” Asbæk said. “But people were upset because an era finished.”

But Asbæk also expressed sympathy for the legions of disappointed fans. “I kind of get it,” he continued. “I was a big fan of the show before I became a part of it, and if it had ended in that way, I would have been angry as well. Because when something you like so much says, ‘No,’ it’s like a break-up. And Game of Thrones broke up with millions of people all over the world, and they got upset.”

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It’s worth noting that Euron factored more into Thrones‘ ultimate endgame than most viewers probably expected, appearing throughout the final season and swaggering his way into a relationship with Cersei (Lena Headey). He was last seen on the shores of King’s Landing, mortally wounded by Cersei’s brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), bragging, “I’m the man who killed Jaime Lannister!”

Game of Thrones is up for the SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series at the ceremony, and won in the Best Stunt Ensemble category. Peter Dinklage earned the show’s only solo acting nod this year, for his performance as Tyrion Lannister.

You can watch the full clip of Asbæk on the red carpet above.

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