And the book says we may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us. So goes the story of “Game of Thrones,” a cultural phenomenon that broke the collective hearts and minds of the internet in 2019. The show’s tragic ending for the once-beloved Daenerys Targaryen was a sore spot for many fans, one that doomed the cast and crew to answer questions about the show’s ending for the rest of their careers. Even Peter Dinklage, interviewed in the New Yorker as part of a new adaptation of “Cyrano,” cannot hope to escape this fate.
In the interview, Dinklage proves himself open to talking about a lot of different things, from the punk band he co-founded at Columbia University (“Wizzy”) to the challenge of carving out a career on the stage as an older actor (” It rules your day, because it’s the end of every day.”). But no matter how much Dinklage may want to discuss life after the Mother of Dragons, many people who read the interview will do so to hear Dinklage’s thoughts on the response to the “Game of Thrones” finale.
When asked his opinion of the audience pushback, Dinklage demurred. “Everybody’s always going to have an opinion, and that means an ownership,” he explained. “It’s like breaking up with somebody.” While Dinklage sympathizes with those who formed a personal connection with the character Emilia Clarke played on the show, he also points out that her act of destruction did not come out of thin air. “This happens. Monsters are created. And you don’t see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way. So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person—there were signposts all along the way for that character.”
And there it is, the final word from Peter Dinklage on “Game of Thrones.” Until the next time. And the next time. And then the time after that.