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Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage Discusses Fan Outrage


Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage recalls offending lots of fans and experiencing their outrage when the show’s final season aired in 2019.

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage recently opened up about experiencing fan outrage and offending lots of viewers when the show’s final season aired in 2019.

“You try [to avoid the chatter], but that was impossible. You’re reminded of it on a daily basis by the fans,” the actor told The Times. “They had deep knowledge, but if somebody loves something they have their version of it in their head, so we got criticism early.”

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Dinklage further described the experience as a double-edged sword, with fans also being mad about the show ending at all. “Then, when we were leaving, they criticized again because they didn’t want us to go,” he added. “Some got angry. But if you appeal to everyone you’re doing something wrong. And we offended a lot of people.”


The actor’s comments about fan outrage build on sentiments he shared about reactions to the series finale (“The Iron Throne”) in December. At the time, Dinklage said it didn’t make sense for the show to have a happy ending, explaining, “Game of Thrones told us it was not that show from the beginning.” He continued, “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.”

Dinklage portrayed Tyrion Lannister in all eight seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. During his tenure, Dinklage broke the record for most Emmy wins in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category by bringing home four trophies. And while the actor seems satisfied with how the series ended, several of his co-stars have been vocal about agreeing with fans.


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Specifically, Arya Stark actor Maisie Williams criticized how her character’s story wrapped up, admitting, “I wanted her to kill Cersei, even if it meant she dies. Even up to the point where she’s with Jaime, I thought he’s going to whip off his face [and be revealed as Arya], and they were both going to die. I thought that’s what Arya’s drive had been.”

Charles Dance, who portrayed Tywin Lannister in the series, also stated he would join fans in signing a petition to remake the final season. “I think [co-creators David Benioff and Dan “D. B.” Weiss] raised the bar when it came to television screenplay writing,” the actor said at the time. “They are phenomenal. And for the whole thing to end up as a committee, I just thought, ‘Hmm, no.’ I would say I was somewhat underwhelmed by [it].”


All eight seasons of Game of Thrones are streaming now on HBO Max.

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Source: The Times

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