Game of Thrones. You have heard of it, right?
Dragons, battles, political power plays, giant dire wolves, throne made of swords, Sean Bean not making it past the first season, Khaleesi…you’ve heard of it.
Everyone who has any sort of emotional connection or interest to the Song Of Ice And Fire Series knows that to become attached to a character is to set yourself up for a world of hurt. Author George R.R. Martin is infamous for Grim Reapering just about everybody he puts down on paper. And it’s not just the bit-part players. Mighty king, lowly serf, gallant warrior, scary-as-heck villain, fire breathing winged terror, protagonist, antagonist, fore-runner and filler, no one is safe.
With one exception.
Now that’s a theme song that makes for a fantastic ringtone. But it will get stuck in your head on loop for the next six hours. You’re welcome.
Peter Dinklage (also known as Tyrion Lannister in the television series) is the one reason why I bother trying to make sense of anything in the Martinverse. It’s not just the character (who ranks somewhere on my “Top Ten Fictional Men Who Actually Have A Personality And Know How To Use It” list) but also the actor who brings him to life. Peter Dinklage has Tyrion’s portrayal down to a science and he could honestly run circles around CGI dragons and make it look good. So many memorable moments are attributed to him. Like this. Or this. Oh and especially this. (Warning: Spoilers ahead)
I could watch those all day.
Everything and anything related to the Game of Thrones television and book series can be found HERE. I had no idea that there was even a graphic novel series but any chance to look at more dragons and dire wolves is not to be passed up.
However there is more to Dinklage than just a fictitious fantasy world. The man is a highly accomplished actor that just doesn’t get enough credit. If it’s more Dinklage that you want then look no further than these films.
In Elf he flying tackles Will Farrel to the ground and goes all Grinch McScrooge on the happy-go-lucky elf. In Knights of Badassdom he unleashes the George R. R. Martinness on the LARPing community by one-upping his co-stars with his seriously mad sword swinging skills. After all he is a battle hardened Lannister and knows how to handle a sword…or three. In X-Men: Days of Future Past not only does he nearly wipe out the entire mutant race singlehandedly he does it while looking like Ron Burgundy. Do you have any idea how hard it is to make Wolverine bleed? Dinklage does it with effort to spare.
Though he may not headline any blockbusters he certainly plays his supporting roles to the umpteenth degree and makes sure that all of his characters are memorable. Some way, some how, Peter Dinklage will always bring the awesome to the party. And we thank him for it.