Interview

Peter Dinklage visits The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Peter Dinklage stopped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart yesterday to promote the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Peter and Jon talk about the infamous Red Wedding reaction videos from last year, the spoiler culture surrounding Game of Thrones, and the security crew’s preferred way to keeps camera phones off of the set.

 

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  • Most of Peters interviews leading up to season 4 have been pretty disappointing. Obviously there was that extremely awkward moment at the premiere, but there was nothing warranting awkwardness in this interview, yet awkward the whole time.

  • Notice that they included slightly more footage: after Sansa says “do you know what they did to my brother and mother?” she goes on to actually describe in this footage that “they cut my brother’s head off and sewed his direwolf’s head onto him”…

    …and also, first on-screen confirmation that as in the books, Sansa says here: “and they cut my mother’s throat almost to the bone, then threw her body into the river”

  • Huh… And here I was watching with the intention of commenting on how much more comfortable Peter seems in recent interviews and appearances compared to around the first season. *shrug*

  • Craig:
    Am I the only one that thinks this is an incredibly awkward interview?

    Less so than the Letterman interview, but then again that’s Letterman.

  • The Dragon Demands,

    Um, I mean, I hope? Factually stating how Catelyn died hardly counts as “confirmation” of LS. I tend to think she will play an important role down the road in some capacity, and therefore will be included in the show, but I think I think saying this “confirms” it is getting a little quick on the trigger.

  • I know I’m probably asking for a lot, but can someone post the Sansa scene in that video to youtube? My phone won’t play that video :(

  • Yeah, I thought it was just me but Peter is really awkward in these interviews. He has this I don’t give a cap attitude which is a little too cool and now in the awkward territory…

  • James,

    I’ve already seen that, but:

    – The Entertainement and People Weekly ones consist of a single line right now.

    – The NY Daily News and the Chicago Sun Times only cover the first episode.

    – And the Variety one is way too short and way too vague.

    I need more than that. ;p

  • Hmm, seems like Stewart is a fellow book reader, interestingly enough. Does anybody think he was being spoilerish saying he can’t ask about the awesome sex massacre? Think this relates to the Tywin and Shae bedding/Tyrion wiping them the fuck out?

  • how was that even remotely awkward… i thought that these two played off each other well…. it was very fun to watch their interaction.. idk. i think sometimes one comment causes a snowball of others that are shaped by the initial comment.. idk. maybe not. just seems that way. or maybe I’m just watching something completely different.

  • Loved that extra bit of footage of the he exchange between Sansa and Tyrion. “I admired your mother. She did try to have me executed, but I still admired her.” Poor Sansa :,(

  • I didn’t think it was that akward. A few silences and hmms in there, but not everyone is a big talker. I guess Peter Dinklage is just rather introverted and doesn’t like doing all this press stuff.

  • And let the whitewashing of Tyrion re-commence *Sigh* I hope he becomes more mean after the crossbow scene. If he’s still nice & wonderful in s5, I’ll really start to get annoyed.

  • Canis Dirus:
    Mark,

    Wow dude. I hope this was sarcasm I wasn’t catching on to.

    Hoping what I said was sarcasm? Not sure if you mean me or Stewart. But in the interview he says he knows everything that happens in the season and then says he can’t ask about the unbelievable sex massacre. Now, I know a sex massacre is a stretch, but I thought honestly, he maybe was referring to Tyrion catching Shae in Tywin’s bed then offing them both.

  • chamush,

    I don’t think it’s a too cool attitude. He has said that he is very introverted and surprisingly many very good, famous actors and comedians are introverted this way. Look at Conleth Hill, he hates doing interviews and gets away with not having to do any. But Peter, playing one of the central characters, would not be allowed to do zero interviews. So he soldiers through them. I enjoy his interviews, awkward moments included.

  • Mark,

    I don’t think Stewart was specifically referring to that scene. The way he said it made it sound like to me that he was trying to think of something particularly outrageous so he jammed “sex” and “murder” into one phrase and threw it out there. Plus I don’t think we can refer to Tyrion killing his Dad on the can and killing Shae in his Dad’s bed as a “sex massacre” even under most liberal interpretation of the phrase.

  • God could that scene be any worse?

    They need to stop trying to force humor, this show is dark–let it be dark. Tyrion doesn’t have to be witty and funny at every line, in every conversation! The joke he makes about Catelyn is cheap and misplaced. It just makes Sansa look ridiculous despite Sophie’s incredible acting. I’m so irritated ugh.

  • facelessarya:
    God could that scene be any worse?

    They need to stop trying to force humor, this show is dark–let it be dark. Tyrion doesn’t have to be witty and funny at every line, in every conversation! The joke he makes about Catelyn is cheap and misplaced. It just makes Sansa look ridiculous despite Sophie’s incredible acting. I’m so irritated ugh.

    I actually thought it was very Tyrion to awkwardly try to insert a little humor into a tense moment. Shows his insecurities.

  • facelessarya:
    God could that scene be any worse?

    They need to stop trying to force humor, this show is dark–let it be dark. Tyrion doesn’t have to be witty and funny at every line, in every conversation! The joke he makes about Catelyn is cheap and misplaced. It just makes Sansa look ridiculous despite Sophie’s incredible acting. I’m so irritated ugh.

    And you wonder why no one takes you book purists, seriusly, oh my god, its not like the books this scene is ruined, tough shit the show is not the books .

  • The Dragon Demands:
    …and also, first on-screen confirmation that as in the books, Sansa says here:“and they cut my mother’s throat almost to the bone, then threw her body into the river”

    She didn’t say “almost” ..

  • some of us complain bout the most trivial things and let the smallest things get to us.. jeez.

  • facelessarya:
    God could that scene be any worse?

    They need to stop trying to force humor, this show is dark–let it be dark. Tyrion doesn’t have to be witty and funny at every line, in every conversation! The joke he makes about Catelyn is cheap and misplaced. It just makes Sansa look ridiculous despite Sophie’s incredible acting. I’m so irritated ugh.

    It doesn’t make Sansa look ridiculous in any way, how would it? Is there something ridiculous about having your family murdered in horrible ways? If anything, it just makes Tyrion look awkward and somewhat annoying with his really inappropriate joke.

  • GG:
    And let the whitewashing of Tyrion re-commence *Sigh* I hope he becomes more mean after the crossbow scene. If he’s still nice & wonderful in s5, I’ll really start to get annoyed.

    What whitewashing do you see here?

  • Hoyti Von Totiy: Because it gives that comic-book vibe that noone can be killed …. just imagine reading DWD and the Jon Snow stabbing if GRRM didnt ressurect Catlyn in the SOS.


    This way you KNOW hes not dead …

    Oh gods, if people thought that unCat is what Jon’s future will be like, they would be horrified more than they would be if he was dead-dead. They sure wouldn’t still be speculating about him becoming a king or marrying or whatever.

    And I’m puzzled how Catelyn being resurrected as a decomposing, half-mad revenge-driven monster has cheapened death in ASOAIF, but Beric’s resurrections have not done that previously?

  • Annara Snow,

    Yeah, but then why is smiling Jon Stewart and his audience laughing about Tyrion’s “your mother wanted me executed, but I admired her” joke?

  • cosca,

    They have plenty of other moments to make quips, I’m not saying it needs to dark 100% of the time, I just didn’t think that joke was funny or necessary in the dialogue.

  • fevredream: I actually thought it was very Tyrion to awkwardly try to insert a little humor into a tense moment. Shows his insecurities.

    Agreed. I thought it was decidedly in character for both Tyrion and their “relaitonship” — funny, awkward, and the wrong thing to say.

    Sometimes I wonder if people don’t realize that perhaps not everyone shares their view of characters or tone.

    And the humor of GOT makes the show — life has humor, even in the bad times. The last thing we needed was some humorless dreck, like Heroes.

  • Alan,

    I also agree- this is very in-character for Tyrion. I also felt that I liked the scene a lot more seeing the full version versus the clip that previously circulated.

    With the original clip, you definitely get the awkward humor aspect, but with the addition of Sansa describing the circumstances of Robb and Catelyn’s deaths, it is quite clear that Tyrion’s comment is in horrible taste and that the humor in the scene is black comedy.

    I’m kind of reminded of the scene where Catelyn calls out Jaime for throwing Bran out the window in an attempt to kill him, and Jaime retorts that he doesn’t exactly throw children out windows for their health.

    The Lannisters just can’t resist making quips and I think the audience can both appreciate the wit and think (correctly) they are insensitive assholes.

    I also kind of have a “what else did you expect Tyrion to say” reaction- If Tyrion was ultra-sympathetic and said something to the effect that he never would have wanted or anticipated those deaths, that would both be a lie as well as the kind of line that would really be “whitewashing” Tyrion’s character- because at the end of the day, even the humane Tyrion of the show is an enemy of the Starks.

  • facelessarya,

    Also I think ur overreacting. I’m not sure it’s the show forcing humor at a dark moment. I think that is a man forced into a marriage trying to say anything that he thinks can defuse the situation and maybe calm her down. Ur over looking its his and and wife and what is he gonna do just say yea they massacred your family alright sucks to be you. No he’s going to comfort her try to calm her down

  • Anyone else getting tired of super fans critiquing every little thing about the show. These writers producers and directors are all phenomenal and it aggravates me when fans act like their suggestions and ideas r superior or better than those who bring this book to life for us. I’ve read all 5 books and am a huge fan, I love everything they’ve done with the books and show and respect that they are both different entities. I think ppl need todo that more than critiquing and complaining about a single moment of a 60 minute episode and complaining its contradicting the books and their style.

  • Varamyr 4 skins:
    Anyone else getting tired of super fans critiquing every little thing about the show. These writers producers and directors are all phenomenal and it aggravates me when fans act like their suggestions and ideas r superior or better than those who bring this book to life for us. I’ve read all 5 books and am a huge fan, I love everything they’ve done with the books and show and respect that they are both different entities. I think ppl need todo that more than critiquing and complaining about a single moment of a 60 minute episode and complaining its contradicting the books and their style.

    I totally agree with you and wish less people would feel that nitpicky way about the show.

    I also feel as if this clip confirmed what we think it may have confirmed. I have no problems with the show thus far; however, as discussed in the GOO episode, I’ll be very upset if this particularly plot line isn’t included.

  • Can you book purist get any worse. You guys are looking more like an ass everyday. You’re not superior, not clever, not creative, not in charge of making a story from a book as a show and certainly not open minded. I swear it by the old gods and the new.
    Just be thankful that you have a great show to watch that’s favorite by fans, critics, celebs, athletes etc… Which means more people to talk about it with. Get that spoon full of brown bowl out of your asses.

    Team Stannis let’s roll. 4 more days!

  • Mark,

    He was DEFINITELY giving a fake tease while poking fun at all the violence and sex on the show, not actually hinting at any real scene. Even if he was being serious, how would it spoil anything for anybody who didnt already know, as “sex massacre” would not lead an Unsullied to believe Tyrion snuck out of prison and killed Shae and Tywin, who oh btw are banging. This “Is this a spoiler” stuff gets out of control.

  • Commentators on this site are honestly the nastiest in the entire ASOIAF/GOT fandom. Biggest bunch of keyboard warriors I’ve seen on any of the sites dedicated to this story.

    You all really have to jump on the guy who didn’t like the Sansa/Tyrion scene? I mean really? Does that make your day better? So what that he didn’t like it and you do? Is that the end of the world?

  • Doug,

    If he had a legit reason that’s understandable. But complaining for the sake of complaining like many others that come just to cry about a show and book comparison or how they feel it should be like some Know-It-All mules than be prepare to hear it from fans that that liked the scene.

  • Lmao, so my brother who is unsullied watched this with me and when Peter said He was unemployed my brother got a worried look on his face and said “what does that mean, he dies?” I just said “sorry bro I’m not saying anything”. I can’t wait till he sees Tyrion blamed for murder because he has avoided the trailers and he’ll think Tyrion is done for. Especially after the Red Viper gets killed Everyone should watch GoT with at least one unsullied.