I’ve been holding out writing a review for the last few episodes of Game of Thrones because I believe The Film Geeks Podcast will have a bonus episode focusing on the entire second season. For now I want to spend a second highlighting on of the main reasons I watch this show. Peter Dinklage is well-known and extremely talented film actor. You may be familiar with his works in such films as “Elf’” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”. But,it’s his work as the clever Tyrion Lannister that has earned him the most praise. He has both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his work on the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, or as I like to call it, THE GREATEST FREAKIN SHOW EVER! As someone who did not read the George R.R. Martin novels, for which the series is based, I was very much looking forward to Season 2, as Season 1 promised to feature him in a very pivotal role. I think I speak for all imp fans out there that we were not dissapointed. He will no doubt return to the stage to accept more trophies in the coming year for his work on Season 2, which sadly just ended.
However, Dinklage starred in a wonderful indie called “The Station Agent” that I think Tyrion fans will very much enjoy. Dinklage plays Finbar “Fin” McBride, an introvert who has decided to live a life of solitude after the death of a close friend, only to find himself living near a very lively and talkative hot dog and coffee vendor named Joe and befriending a woman going through her own struggles.
As both Fin and Tyrion, Dinklage manages to portray characters you’d like to know in real life. He plays both characters as if the weight of the entire world is on their shoulders but it feels absolutely effortless on screen. He knows exactly what he is and how everyone else see’s him. In the case of ‘The Station Agent’ he ultimately accepts their gawks as ignorance. In ‘Game of Thrones’ he uses his stature to his advantage in remarkable ways. While being very different and polarizing characters, Tyrion and Fin are both brutally honest characters I don’t think anybody but someone like Dinklage could play. He brings such sincerity and empathy to characters that really shouldn’t feel empathetic towards anyone.
As I said earlier, Tyrion is mainly the reason I watch GoT and that feeling did not wain for 10 hours this season. His role as Hand of the King meant a much beefier role with more conniving and plotting than you can shake a fist at. His family members tend to be awful individuals with few redeeming qualities. However, because Tyrion calls himself a Lannister, you find yourself hoping that house will endure if ony so you can watch Dinklage in more episodes. Below is a wonderful video that highlights exactly why Dinklage is bound for more hardware this TV season and why you should be watching GoT as well. Beware, some folks who haven’t seen Season 2 yet might find a few bits Spoilery. All hail the Imp! Thanks for some of the best moments this season!