If you watch Game of Thrones you know that Finn Jones’s final scene on the set are somewhat…explosive. While this ending might have been a surprise and a cause for dismay for the viewers, Jones was very much the opposite. For him, it was time to simply move on and, interestingly enough, step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the title character in the upcoming Netflix series, Iron Fist almost immediately.

When talking to ET Online recently, he gives a good idea of his mindset as he was leaving GoT on that last day:

I’ve been doing this for six years and I was ready to move on. The Tyrells were never meant to stick around until the end. It was good they went out the way they did.

But as he was on his way from the set to the airport, Jones got an email about an audition for a project called Kick (the original codename for Iron Fist) and he assumed it was a show or film about football and, not being a fan, wasn’t all that excited about it. But the more he read, the more he found out about the character he was to audition for, Danny Rand/Iron Fist, the more he realized this was no sports film…this was the MCU!

The more I read it, the more it deeply sunk into me. At that moment, I was like, ‘F**k, this is the one!’

Some parts of Danny Rand’s character were an easy fit for Jones. Rand is a Buddhist monk and martial arts expert with the mystical ability to wield great combat powers and Jones was already a practitioner of meditation and has an abiding interest in Buddhist thought. This convergence made the character very appealing

I find that superheroes are very macho and it’s all about them smashing up stuff, whereas Danny has these inner, powerful energies.

Marvel's Iron Fist

Marvel’s Iron Fist

But while the calm and mindfulness were a quick fit, there is no denying that Iron Fist is a super-hero story, so Jones was going to have to learn how to kick ass martial arts style. This included an intense training regimen combining not only combat and martial arts training but diet changes (no more pizza!) and extensive exercise.

It’s been quite transformative, to be quite honest…Now, it’s all celery sticks and green juices — laughs — well, not all the time. But it’s been a big shift. I think it’s paying off.

And it has paid off. Jones finished shooting Iron Fist and is now filming the Netflix MCU series The Defenders which will bring Danny together with fellow Netflix super-residents Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, one of the most highly anticipated superhero shows so far. It was an easy and smooth move for Jones as he moved from one highly-acclaimed universe to another and he often ponders how the first day he met Danny was the day he said good-bye to Loras Tyrell.

In hindsight, it seems crazy how lined up it was. That was my last day — it was a really nice last day.

Iron Fist drops on March 17, 2017. The currently-filming The Defenders will arrive on later in 2017. Both will stream exclusively on Netflix.

Source: ET Online