Peter Dinklage: The Game of Thrones Ending “Offended a Lot of People”

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Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) is generally a pretty private person, but he’s been hitting the press trail lately to talk up his new movie Cyrano, where he plays the title role.

Naturally, that also means lots of people are asking him about Game of Thrones. In particular, they want to know how he feels about the ending. Many fans still feel burnt by Daenerys Targaryen’s genocidal turn at the end of the series, not to mention Jon Snow’s decision to kill her and Bran Stark being made the Lord of the Seven—err, Six—Kingdoms.

According to an interview in The Times, at first, Dinklage just tried to avoid discussion of it. “But that was impossible. You’re reminded of it on a daily basis by the fans,” he said. “They had deep knowledge, but if somebody loves something they have their version of it in their head, so we got criticism early.”

"Then, when we were leaving, they criticized again because they didn’t want us to go," he said. "Some got angry. But if you appeal to everyone you’re doing something wrong. And we offended a lot of people."

So, Dinklage is trotting out a line that we’ve heard a few times from cast members: Namely, that people were upset with the ending because it wasn’t the one they wanted. We’ll just have to wait and see what the Game of Thrones fan discourse is like when House of the Dragon airs on HBO later this year. Until then, you can read more of Dinklage's interview here, and catch Cyrano in theaters now.