Peter Dinklage Says He’s Ready For Tyrion’s Political Leap In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 2
First Published: September 20, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Peter Dinklage is planning to return to the set of Season 2 of “Game of Thrones” a new man after his Best Supporting Actor Emmy win.
“When I get to my set on Tuesday, my trailer better be filled with green M&Ms,” he joked, as he spoke to Access Hollywood on the red carpet at HBO’s Emmys bash, alongside his very glowing pregnant and proud wife, Erica Schmidt.
Dinklage, who won the Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister in Season 1 of the drama, is ready to go back to work and he promised some big changes for his character – a fan favorite – in Season 2.
“It’s a really good season this season,” he told Access. “My character goes somewhere that he hasn’t been before and I’m not gonna say anything else, but it’s fun to see a character like Tyrion in the world, in the game… the political game. He was on the outside of it and now he’s on the inside. It’s fun what happens.”
Tyrion has a new ally in Season 2 as he takes on his role as the King’s Hand – a squire named Podrick Payne, played by Daniel Portman.
“I have a squire… He’s only poured my wine so far, but he’s very good at pouring wine,” Peter said of the scenes the two have shot over in Belfast. “I think that’s a relationship that develops a bit as the show goes along, but we’re in the early stages of our relationship now, me and my squire.”
Readers of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R. R. Martin know that Tyrion’s character has some major action in the second book, but so far the actor hasn’t had to endure any grueling training on set to prepare.
“So far, not so much, but the first season I was thrown around a bit more than this season so far,” Peter told Access. “But you never know what they have in store. At the end of the season some things happen, but I’m not gonna give anything away.”
As he hit the HBO party, which boasted a host of his fellow “Game of Thrones” stars in attendance, including producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Mark Addy (the late King Robert Baratheon), and Jason Momoa (the late Khal Drogo), Peter told Access what went through his head as his name was called at the Emmys.
“Well I looked at Erica to make sure it was real, ‘cause it’s sort of like ‘Wooh!’ The world sort of bends. The movie ‘The Matrix’ — it’s sort of like that and then I just got up there… I didn’t prepare anything,” he said. “I forgot to thank my manager, I forgot to mention my mom — I thanked my dog sitter — my priorities are a little screwy, but anyway, but I thanked my wife (turns to Erica). [No], I didn’t thank you I said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’”
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