There are few time a year when you get the opportunity to talk about a Peter Dinklage interview, and luckily, this is one of them! The actor is notoriously private, and typically limits his appearances in comparison to some other people on the “Game of Thrones” cast. He also doesn’t have a Twitter or any form of social media, believing that it is much more effective to be someone who viewers do not know everything about.
So what did he share about Tyrion’s arc for season 4 in this char with Entertainment Weekly? The most important chunk of information was how his character really does go through a very different journey this time around than he does at any other point in the show to date:
“Well, to anyone who has read the books, we stick fairly closely to that plotline, and those reversals of fortune really send him down the rabbit hole. What’s interesting about this character is how much he changes [this season]. It’s remarkable. When [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] and I met for the first time, they talked about this stuff, and I found it to be so interesting as an actor to go on that journey because he really ends up in a different place than he thought he was going to. It’s fueled a bit by anger towards his family, and trying to find his place in the world. You see that some people rely on drunk, funny Tyrion. I think funny and drunk lasts only so long. He sobers up in many ways. And love is in his life [with Shae], and that causes a tremendous amount of damage — because he’s vulnerable and he doesn’t like to be vulnerable. He’s completely stripped of his defense mechanisms.”
The other significant problem for Tyrion is that while Shae may be the love of his life, he is also married to Sansa Stark. This creates serious complications, and places him even more in a position where his private life is not in any way similar to his present.
As for some other good stuff to expect, be prepared to see more of Tyrion alongside Jaime, who has not been around King’s Landing and him since the first season of the show.
We will have so much more “Game of Thrones” coverage in the days ahead leading to April 6, so stay tuned for some more of that. For now, be sure to see some of the videos that are out there for the season, and you can also sign up to get some further updates from us via our CarterMatt Newsletter.