There’s still a long time to wait before HBO’s hit Game of Thrones returns (likely), so fans are keen to dissect every possible hint at a spoiler. And star Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, is happy to oblige.
In a lengthy interview with New York Magazine about HBO’s My Dinner With Hervé — in which he plays the late actor Hervé Villechaize — Dinklage of course was asked about Game of Thrones’ ending.
“I think (Tyrion) was given a very good conclusion,” he said. “No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”
That might seem like a pretty big spoiler, but interviewer David Marchese felt strongly enough about it to footnote the quote, writing, “I took what Dinklage was saying here not as a suggestion that Tyrion dies, but rather his attempt to leave open the possibility that the character might meet that fate.”
Dinklage is a pretty savvy actor, and he’s very aware that talking about whether Tyrion survives the finale or not is a big deal. He could be dangling a great big red herring when he mentions Tyrion in the same sentence as death. He’sthat the show “ends beautifully for my character whether it be tragic or not.” But a “good conclusion” is more than many Thrones’ characters get. (Shireen, Hodor, Ellaria Sand, just to name three.) So maybe he’s sharing a little more than he thinks.