Peter Dinklage shared his advice for fans gearing up for Season 4 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” hinting that the shocks aren’t over in the Seven Kingdoms. Not by a long shot.
“Beware,” Peter said, when Access Hollywood spoke to him at the show’s New York City premiere at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night.
After killing off its main hero, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in the first season, and then Season 3’s Red Wedding, where Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his wife, Talisa (Oona Chaplin), and his mother, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) were slain, “Game of Thrones” has continued to surprise viewers (who haven’t read the books).
“The most recent is the Red Wedding, but for me it was the Ned Stark [death] ‘cause the shock of that told a lot about like — narrative, especially on TV, has been pretty traditional, and the fact that we killed the protagonist really early on in our series was just amazing,” Peter said of the moment he found most shocking, so far. “And why not? And horribly tragic, and [it] really set up the world that we dealt.”
Asked if things could continue to surprise in that way, Peter said to wait and see.
“Well, I don’t like to shock, I just like to uplift and take people somewhere, but it’s pretty shocking. Yeah,” Peter said.
“Game of Thrones” rides high into Season 4 on a wave of publicity, including landing the cover of Vanity Fair, which doesn’t put television shows on its front, and the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
“I’m really sick of me, that’s what I gotta say to that,” he said. “All of those magazines covers? I’m done. I’m done for the year. That’s all you get. … No, it’s great. I mean, it would be one thing if it was a show I wasn’t completely in love with and proud of. But I love this show. It’s a great job to return to every year and we’ve become a real family.”
Peter’s character, Tyrion Lannister, has a complicated romantic life (Tyrion is married to teen bride Sansa Stark, and has a mistress, Shae) and as Season 4 begins, the younger Lannister brother is still working on balancing things.
“He’s trying to still juggle what he should be doing and what he wants to be doing, and if anybody out there has read the books… that sort of scenario doesn’t work out for anyone — whether it be Westeros or New York City or wherever,” Peter told Access. “So that doesn’t look like that’s gonna have a happy ending, does it?”
“Game of Thrones” premieres April 6 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.
-- Jolie Lash