Peter Dinklage Slams Game Of Thrones Fans Upset At Series Finale

Peter Dinklage wants fans of Game of Thrones who are still pretty much torn over its controversial finale to finally "move on."

By Apeksha Bagchi | Published

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While Game of Thrones concluded its glorious run of eight successful and critically acclaimed seasons in 2019, the series finale is still a hot subject of debate (read: arguments) amongst its fans. Many are still disappointed with how the show decided to wrap up all its loose plot ends. In fact, the petition that was created by fans demanding a remake of Season 8 is still getting signatures! But according to series star Peter Dinklage, it is high time GoT fans “move on” from their lingering dissatisfaction over the series finale. 

Recently, Peter Dinklage sat down for a chat with The New York Times and commented on why people dislike the Game of Thrones finale so much. The 52-year-old actor jokingly explained that the disappointment is mostly because fans wanted “the pretty white people” i.e., Jon Snow and Daenerys, to have a happy ending. 

“They wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together. By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on,” Peter Dinklage said, adding that the show was never merely about who gets to sit on the throne of Westeros in the end. It was much more than that and people should have expected the unexpected because the show has established that it’s an expert in going against predictable outcomes. 

“No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. 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,” Peter Dinklage added.

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In Season 8 of the renowned HBO series, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) had to take the decision to kill Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) as he was unable to sway her from her destructive dreams of “liberating” the world. Following her death and the destruction of the Iron Throne, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was chosen as the King, Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion became his Hand and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) ascend to the throne in the North. Arya (Maisie Williams) headed for the west while Jon returned to Castle Black to lead the Wildlings north of the Wall.

Peter Dinklage proceeded to highlight the scene where the throne was burned down by the dragon, effectively acting as a “brilliant” hint from the show’s creators that directly told the fans that Games of Thrones is not about the debates around who wins the throne. While Dinklage agreed that every GoT fan had their own set of expectations and how they wanted the show to end, nobody’s idea was “as good as what the show delivered.” It successfully broke the “preconceived notions” by turning the villains into heroes and vice versa.

“If you know your history, when you track the progress of tyrants, they don’t start off as tyrants. I’m talking about, spoiler alert, what happened at the end of Game of Thrones with that character change. It’s gradual, and I loved how power corrupted these people. What happens to your moral compass when you get a taste of power? Human beings are complicated characters, you know?” he added.

In fact, Peter Dinklage believes that the backlash Games of Thrones Season 8 finale received was not about how it concluded. It was actually because fans were angry at the show “for breaking up with them” and disrupting their Sunday night schedule of binging GoT. So, fans of the show wanted more but as they were not getting what they demanded, they lashed out. According to Dinklage, it was “the right time” to wrap up the show as they didn’t want to “wear out” the zealous fan following they had enjoyed for years by unnecessarily dragging the story. 

While fans of Game of Thrones may not have moved on from its much-debated series finale, Peter Dinklage has certainly left behind his days as Tyrion Lannister. The actor will be seen playing the title character in the musical romantic drama, Cyrano, which has already been nominated for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Dinklage) at the 79th Golden Globe Awards post its world premiere at the 48th Telluride Film Festival. His other upcoming projects, which will all feature the actor as the lead character, include the animated film Hitpig, the black comedy American Dreamer, the horror-comedy The Toxic Avengers, and the comedy film, Brothers, opposite Josh Brolin.