Tag: Peter Dinklage

‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Big at the Emmys!

On Sunday night, the cast of Game of Thrones took their final bow. Actors and actresses who we’ve grown to love in their iconic roles throughout the series, such as Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie assembled a final time on stage.

 

 

Despite coming off the heels of the (very) controversial final season, it was nevertheless a wonderful night to see this talented crew one last time. Game of Thrones was nominated in all of the major categories but surprisingly, only went home with two, although they were nevertheless very big ones. Let’s dive in and see what went down last night!

 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/Shutterstock (10413384ag)
Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten
71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Show, Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, USA – 22 Sep 2019

 

Unfortunately, most of Game of Thrones’s wonderful cast were not winners this evening. Despite being nominated for Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Supporting Actress, the fantasy epic series ended up losing all three of them. Fan favorites such as Maisie William’s Arya Stark, Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark, and Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth, to say nothing of Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. Disappoint for all the work the ensemble put into the show, especially in terms of its outstanding female cast.

 

Image Via Los Angeles Times 

 

However, one actor who didn’t get left out was Peter Dinklage, who took home his fourth win for the series. He set the record with the most wins ever in his category (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), beating out Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. In his acceptance speech, Peter Dinklage said:

 

“I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity, because nowhere else could I be standing on a stage like this. It’s been about 10 years, all said and done, from the moment I met David and Dan till now. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew that David and Dan were quite brilliant…We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. Dave and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you—literally—and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

 

He faced tough competition but emerged the only cast member with an award from the evening. Peter Dinklage’s win was pretty much guaranteed but he undoubtedly deserved it and his work as Tyrion Lannister will doubtlessly remain one of the iconic roles of television.

 

image via CBS News 

 

The show also lost out on Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing, but took home arguably the biggest prize of the night: Outstanding Drama Series. This also marked the show’s fourth win for the award and took home the final win for the night overall. The entire cast, plus writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, took the stage to thank the world for watching the series. It was a bittersweet end and we’re sure to now be feeling the effects of a post-Game of Thrones world.

But never fret! Two spinoffs are on the way and maybe, someday, George R.R. Martin will finish the Winds of Winter. Just because the show is over doesn’t mean the world of Westeros hasn’t come to an end.

 

 

 

Featured Image Via Variety 

Brienne of Tarth Speaks out on GoT’s Finale Season

The many plots twists of Game of Thrones eighth and final season left audiences, well, filled with emotions.

 

The Game of Thrones Petition

Image Via Huff Post

 

Many fans of the show, book lovers or not, were angry with how their favorite characters went and how they ended up. It turns out that not a whole lot of the actors were happy either, and the list has been ever-growing since the show’s conclusion.

 

Tyrion

Image Via Game of Thrones Wiki – Fandom

 

From a crafty man with all the answers, Tyrion seems to have suffered some sort of off-screen head injury. What’s my proof? Well, look at what Peter Dinklage has to say about eighteen minutes into this video…

 

 

 

We’re in a crypt. Nobody thought of that. [The Night is] bringing all the dead people back to life and they’ve put the women and the children in crypt with all the dead people so…Tyrion is smart, but I guess not that smart”

While he hasn’t come out against his decision against what happened to his character, this quote is a hint of how he truly feels. That, and we have this from 2018 before the final season had aired.

 

 

 

Varys the Spider

Image Via Polygon

 

Varys went from The Spider who conspired in the darkness to a man who spoke openly on a crowded beach side about how he was conspiring against the Queen, a a decision left actor Conleth Hill telling The Independent that:

That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show…It was kind of frustrating. As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite. It just felt like after season six, I kind of dropped off the edge.

 

Varys-Season 8

Image Via Polygon

 

 

Daenerys, breaker of chains

Image Via Inverse

 

Queen Daenerys did a complete 180 from wanting to break the chains of the slaves to burning civilians alive because, the bells reminded her about her past…?

 

Daenerys, The Bells

Image Via The National

 

Season 8-The Bells

Image Via Forbes

 

Emilia Clarke describing the season is, well, telling.

 

 

Plus, we have this fun compilation:

 

 

 

But here at Bookstr we’ve been stuck in a quandary: Ever since Jaime Lannister abandoned Brienne of Tarah so he can return to his sister/lover Cersei because, well, we’re not entirely ‘why’ but he ‘does’ but either way…what do the actors think of this ‘choice’?

 

Jaime and Brienne

Image Via Metro.Co.uk

 

It fell upon Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to not only read this scene, but also to portray it. Nikolaj told Vanity Fair his rationalization for this scene with this:

Most people have moments in their life where you go, ‘Can I really, fundamentally change?’ . . . The core of him has always been Cersei. . . . When that’s taken away, what are you then? What’s left? Is there anything left? When he leaves [King’s Landing at the end of Season 7], obviously he has no idea. He doesn’t know the answer to that question

Okay. Well, what does Gwendoline Christie think of this scene?

 

 

Season 8 Brienne

Metro.co.uk

 

Gwendoline Christie told Deadline that after reading the scene:

…I realized I had moved into that space where I feel deeply, deeply protective of this character

So can we add Gwendoline Christie to the list of actors disappointed by the way Game of Thrones ended? Not quite. Christie is an actor first and foremost, and thus instead of fuming at the direction of plot, focused on her character and how, as an actor, “it meant getting to use some real acting muscles”.

Disregarding the plot, Christie does have a point when it comes discussing her character:

I did feel angry for the character in that moment, but what was brilliant is that she goes straight back to work, and ultimately, she supersedes her ambition

When viewed as a whole, Brienne of Tarth not only makes it out of the Game of Thrones, but she actually ends up being one of the characters better off. After all, Brienne is more than her relationship to Jamie. Her story is about a woman disrespected and hated by her peers who, through her own sheer will and ambition, becomes something more than anyone could ever dream of.

She wanted to be a member of Renly’s Kingsguard, and in the end she becomes Lord Commander of Bran’s Kingsguard. She’s in charge…It’s all about her skill as a knight. Her abilities, her intelligence. I felt, by the end, like she’d stepped into her own power.

With this in mind, it’s a no-brainier that when HBO didn’t submit Christie for an Emmy nomination, Christie took a Que from her character and submitted herself for an Emmy nomination as a “testament” to Brienne.

If this a case of reality reflecting art, or art reflecting reality? Either way, we hope she gets the nomination and, down the line, the win.

 

 

Featured Image Via HBO.com

Peter Dinklage with hilarious mohawk

8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Members Who Are Surprisingly Awesome Musicians

Between Ed Sheeran’s obnoxiously on-the-nose cameo or more subtle musical cameos (like The National’s ‘The Rains of Castamere’), Game of Thrones likes its music. It’s not just the show’s creators who love music, though. A surprising number of cast members have substantial music careers. Here are seven Game of Thrones cast members who can turn it up.

 

1. Carice van Houten (Melisandre)

 

 

The Red Woman may secretly be an old woman, but Carice van Houten has a lovely, youthful singing voice. She sounds like she may be a musical descendant of Dido. The Lord of Light may have also inspired this particular song.

 

2. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

 

Peter Dinklage band

Image Via Steve Eichner/Getty Images

 

Once upon a time, the youth of the world believed they had found the definitive future of music: funk-rock. Among those true-believers was Tyrion Lannister himself, Peter Dinklage. The band was called Whizzy, and Dinklage was the frontman (and trumpeter according to this picture). He may have given Anthony Kiedis a run for his money, but Kiedis need not worry. A Lannister always repays his debts.

 

3. Natalia Tena (Osha)

 

 

Remember Osha? Ramsay Bolton killed her. Luckily, Osha actress Natalia Tena dodged Ramsay’s wrath because she sings some freaking bangers. I’m not sure who you can liken her sound to. M.I.A.? Maybe No Doubt? In any case, Tena should keep rocking with Molotov Jukebox!

 

4. Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)

 

 

Grey Worm is one of the most memorable lovers on Game of Thrones since he’s lacking, you know, a penis. Also, he’s really stern. Free of these afflictions in real life, Anderson produces some positively jubilant tunes under the moniker “Raleigh Ritchie.”

 

5. Kristian Nairn (Hodor)

 

 

Not one for words in his acting career, and apparently not one for words in his music career either, Nairn’s a killer DJ. He’s also really not interested in keeping those careers separate. One of his tours was called Rave of Thrones, and that’s just wonderful.

 

6. Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton)

 

 

If you had to guess what sort of music Iwan Rheon played based on his performance as Ramsay Bolton, what would you say? Some might say death metal or hardcore or, I don’t know, really aggressive jazz. Probably, you wouldn’t think slow, sleepy acoustic guitar music. Well, that’s what he plays. Sleepy acoustic guitar music. It’s great.

 

7. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed)

 

Okay, this one you might have been able to guess. Jojen was 100% the bassist of Bran’s posse. I am not throwing shade at bassists. He was the glue that held everybody together when things got tough. In his band Winnet, Brodie-Sangster also keeps things together. He’s in the rhythm section. Side note, if the singer looks familiar it’s because she looks like Brodie-Sangster…because she’s his mom.

 

…oh, and 8. Jerome Flynn (Bronn)

 

 

Bronn is every GOT fan’s favorite cad, but actor Jerome Flynn is pretty endearing. Robson & Jerome have covered dozens of pop songs like ‘Unchained Melody,’ and they’re all bordering on earnest. Clearly, though, Flynn’s got his sense of humor on display. If you look closely while he sings ‘Unchained Melody,’ you can see in his eyes the fearlessness it takes to stand in front of a fire-breathing dragon. Expert casting, HBO!

 

Feature Image Courtesy of Daily Mail

Peter Dinklage in Rememory

Tyrion Lannister Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before

So, we may not want to acknowledge it, but this series of ‘Game of Thrones’ is nearly over, and it’s going to be hard without our weekly dose of Tyrion Lannister. All is not lost.

 

Peter Dinklage will star in thriller ‘Rememory’ as a detective named Sam Bloom. Bloom sets out to solve the murder of a scientific pioneer who created technology allowing the extraction and viewing of memories. By using his invention, Bloom uncovers a web of deceit. 

 

 

The film premiered at Sundance, and Variety commented on Dinklage’s “committed and empathetic performance,” while The Hollywood Reporter called it “a good-looking mystery whose sci-fi elements take a back seat to meditations on guilt and deception.”

 

The film also stars Anton Yelchin, Julia Ormonde, and Henry Ian Cusick. It will be released September 8th. 

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Nerdist