All good things must come to an end, and the end is near for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Ever since it premiered in 2010, this groundbreaking fantasy series has captured the world by storm and has made performers such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) household names.
Given that it is the final season of the series, the nature of having a critically-acclaimed and commercially successful program finally end after nearly a decade is extremely bittersweet. Since 2010, viewers have tuned into The Known World and dedicated some time to know and love characters including Dinklage’s Tyrion. Viewers would also tune into every new episode with the fear of seeing a favorite character reach his/her demise.
Dinklage was at Variety’s Sundance Film Festival studio promoting his new film, I Think We’re Alone Now by director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale). He was naturally asked about finally saying goodbye to Game of Thrones, Tyrion and the cast and crew he has worked with for nearly a decade:
“It’s the final season, and it’s a long one so we’re taking our time… It’s bittersweet when it’s time to move on with everything. It’s always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short amounts of time and then you have to move on and it’s always heartbreaking. Especially when you’ve spent more than a couple months with people. But yeah, it’s time. Storywise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”
Although the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones does not premiere until next year, Dinklage along with the rest of the cast and crew are finally coming to terms with the fact that their time on one of the greatest television series of all-time is nearing its end. But as sad as it is to see it end, at least it looks to end when reaching its creative peak.
Dinklage can currently be seen in Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in theaters now. The film has been successful in the current awards season and recently won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere in 2019.