With the new season of Game of Thrones only one week away, anticipation is on a steady rise. Questions that were asked around the end of the fifth season will now hopefully be answered as the series approaches its equivalent to a third act. Fates of countless characters are on the line as millions of fans cross their fingers hoping that Jon Snow’s alive, Sansa survived her fall. But this article has the intent on focusing on Tyrion Lannister.
10. George Martin’s Role In Casting “The Half-Man”
Sometimes however, there’s specific actors that are wanted for a role above any others. This happened with Clint Eastwood for Dirty Harry, Kristen Schaal for Gravity Falls, and Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones.
Starting into production for the series, George R.R. Martin requested two specific actors to play key roles in the show: Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. It’s easy to see that the man made great choices in casting.
9. Fake Meat
In a similar vein, Peter Dinklage doesn’t actually consume meat on Game of Thrones, as he adheres to a strict vegetarian diet. Because of this, all the meat that he eats is actually made entirely from tofu, put under the guise of normal meats.
8. My Friend Cersei Lannister
Normally, friendships such as these form after a number of years working together on the same program, but their friendship actually originated before Game of Thrones. In fact, Dinklage was actually the one who suggested that Lena should take the role of Cersei Lannister, meaning that he’s the one responsible for one of the biggest villains in the series.
7. Creative Liberties
That isn’t to say that the writers didn’t take some creative liberties, as Tyrion’s introductory scene in season one wasn’t anywhere in the book. Instead, it was added simply to explain to the audience directly that Tyrion’s life essentially revolves around wine and prostitutes.
6. Father’s Remorse
Tywin is Tyrion’s father, a cruel man who despises his son for being the cause of his wife’s death, often finding ways to humiliate and demean Tyrion. However, at moments between shots, the actor who plays Tywin, Charles Dance, makes sure to apologize consistently for the hurtful statements and tyrannical demeanor of his character to Tyrion Lannister.
This is understandable considering how unacceptable and hurtful all these statements would be if they were applied in real life to Peter Dinklage.
5. Tyrion’s Voice
Let’s just all be thankful that he has some semblance of what that voice should sound like, rather than common people mimicking the accent.
4. He’s Practically The Protagonist
Why Tyrion? It’s simple, really. He appears in 46 of the current 50 episodes that have been released of the show, along with 4 out of the 6 Telltale episodes for the Game of Thrones videogame. This adds up to him appearing in 89% of all media for the series.
3. Playing Tyrion Is An Art
These distinctive characters are what makes the whole show and so, Dinklage was recognized for playing the distinctive character of Tyrion.
2. A Real Scar
Back when Dinklage was in a band called Whizzy, he was involved in a stage accident at CBGB in New York that gave him a scar that ran from his neck all the way up to his eyebrow.
Of course we’d share more information about the accident if we could, but details are unfortunately scarce.
1. Cersei’s Hatred
Of course she’s told that her younger sibling will be the reason that the Lannisters fall apart and that she’ll die by his hands. Though some people believe that Jaime may be the one who falls under the prophecy, since he’s the younger twin of the two.