Game of Thrones is coming to an end, and Tyrion Lannister is satisfied with his fate.
ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Peter Dinklage at the premiere of his new HBO movie, My Dinner with Hervè, about the highly anticipated finale and how he feels about the end of an era.
“There are no better writers in television than [showrunners] Dan Weiss and David Benioff. They ended it brilliantly. Better than I could have imagined and you people are in for it,” Dinklage said.
He added, “It ends beautifully for my character whether it be tragic or not.”
While fans eagerly await the final season, they can catch Dinklage in a different role on HBO. Based on a true story, My Dinner with Hervè chronicles the final days of actor Hervè Villechaize, star of Fantasy Island and a fascinating real-life character Dinklage was eager to play.
“Sacha Gervasi, the writer, director, approached me about 14 years ago with a short film version of the film that we made eventually made. And it just hooked me because of his personal experience,” Dinklage said. “It hooked me because of Sacha’s personal connection to it because he interviewed Herve before he died and got to know the man very intimately as a journalist in a very short amount of time which has it sort of strange quality to it.”
The film also touches on the pressures of fame, something Dinklage understands well after he was launched to superstardom after Game of Thrones debuted in 2011.
“It’s an abstract idea that has very little to do with you at the end of the day and it comes from a lot of hard work but oftentimes, it’s sort of a goal rather than a residual of hard work,” Dinklage explained. “And you know kids are asked, the number one thing when kids are asked what do they wanna be when they grow up lately is that they, I want to be famous. And they don’t really have a comprehension of what it means to be that, they just want to be famous and we sort of address that in the movie.”
In the recent interview with Vulture he said his final day shooting was anti-climatic because, as with many shows and movies, Game of Thrones is filmed out of order. That’s a bit of a bummer when it’s your last day with a character, but Dinklage said other elements made it a better experience.
“Nothing is shot chronologically, so you don’t get some big mountaintop scene or anything. It’s just, “That’s a wrap on Peter Dinklage,'” the actor said. “But as anticlimactic as it was, my last day was also beautifully bittersweet. A lot of people whom I love were on set that day. Even if they weren’t working, they came to set, which was beautiful.”
Dinklage said he tried to do the same for other Game of Thrones actors when they were filming their final scenes. The actor said he was particularly moved by the final day for one of the younger actors.
“I won’t say their name or their character’s name, but one of the young people on the show wrapped this past season and everybody was a wreck,” Dinklage said. “This person had grown up on the show, you know? They were a child and now they were an adult. And then they’re done. It’s like we were witnessing this person saying good-bye to their childhood. I know Game of Thrones is just a TV show, la-di-da, but it was our life.”
There is expected to be bloodshed in the final Game of Thrones season, including deaths. But what will happen with Tyrion? It’s a mystery for now, but Dinklage said he’s satisfied with the conclusion for his character.
“I feel very, very–I’m trying to find the right word. I think he was given a very good conclusion,” he said. “No matter what that is–death can be a great way out.”
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