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Peter Dinklage Weighs In on Backlash Over Game Of Thrones’ Ending

December 25, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The final season of Game of Thrones was not warmly-received by many fans, and Peter Dinklage recently shared his thoughts on why that was the case. The actor, who played Tyrion Lannister in the mega-hit series, recently spoke with the New York Times and was asked about the eighth season and the show’s ending. The final run was heavily criticized for its pacing and character turns, and Dinklage believes it had more to do with the fact that the show was ending than how the ending actually played out. You can see some highlights below:

On George R.R. Martin wanting the show to have continued for a couple more seasons: “It was the right time. No less, no more. You don’t want to wear out your welcome, although I’m not sure that show could have. But I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them. We were going off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that. We had to end when we did, because what the show was really good at was breaking preconceived notions: Villains became heroes, and heroes became villains. If you know your history, when you track the progress of tyrants, they don’t start off as tyrants. I’m talking about, spoiler alert, what happened at the end of “Game of Thrones” with that character change. It’s gradual, and I loved how power corrupted these people. What happens to your moral compass when you get a taste of power? Human beings are complicated characters, you know?”

On the reaction to the finale: “They wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together. By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on. [Laughs] No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yeah, it was called “Game of Thrones,” but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, “Who’s going to be on the throne?” I don’t know why that was their takeaway because the show really was more than that.

“One of my favorite moments was when the dragon burned the throne because it sort of just killed that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and kind of brilliant on behalf of the show’s creators: “Shut up, it’s not about that.” They constantly did that, where you thought one thing and they delivered another. Everybody had their own stories going on while watching that show, but nobody’s was as good as what the show delivered, I think.”