Fans of the epic drama ‘Game of Thrones’ know that the creators are not afraid to kill off a favorite character without warning. Could fast-talking, heavy drinking Tyrion Lannister be next? Peter Dinklage isn’t saying for sure whether Tyrion will die in the upcoming eighth and final season, but he thinks there would be worse ways to end his journey.
During a recent Q&A, Dinklage was asked how he feels about where his character ends up at the end of the series. He said:
“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word. I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”
Dinklage was not saying that is how Tyrion’s story ends; he wanted to leave his answer open-ended so that fans could draw their own conclusions. Dinklage also reflects on his character’s growth throughout the series. In the beginning, Tyrion was not interested in much beyond drinking and punching his frequent flier card at his neighborhood brothel. Now, he is perhaps one of the few voices of reason left in the show and serves as the Hand to Khaleesi.
On Tyrion’s growth, Dinklage said:
“He certainly developed a deeper sense of responsibility over the course of the show. He was a pretty irresponsible character to begin with. He used his position as the outcast of his family like an adolescent would. The beauty of Tyrion is that he grew out of that mode in a couple of seasons and developed a strong sense of responsibility. Not morality, because he always had that, but what to do with his intelligence.”
Killing off a Lannister sibling would certainly bring about the end of an era, as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) noted earlier this year. All three Lannister siblings, including Cersei (Lena Hedey) have made it this far. Coster-Waldau said:
“God, every time we got a new script I thought, ‘OK, this is probably going to be the one.’ But no. The Lannister kids made it to the end.”
‘Game of Thrones’ is set to return to HBO in April 2019.