Peter Dinklage on ‘Cyrano’ and Life After ‘Game of Thrones’

So what are you reading about why they act this way?

I think a lot of people are quite far from each other. Camera phones like fingers, have become an extension of themselves, and they don’t even think about it because that’s how everyone lives. Actors more famous than me can walk on Broadway if they disguise themselves properly, but I’m unable to do so, so it can be difficult. I moved to New York City to be anonymous: “Who cares? Nobody looks twice.” And now, because of technology, everyone does.

George RR Martin wanted Game of Thrones continues for two more seasons. Do you think it should have ended, or is this the time to finish?

It was the right time, no less, no more. You don’t want to wear you’re welcome, although I’m not sure this show could be. But I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were mad at us for breaking up with them. We were off the air and they didn’t know what to do on Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they hit back.

We had to finish when we finished, because what the show was really good about was breaking preconceived notions: villains become heroes, heroes become villains. If you know your history, when you track the progress of tyrants, they don’t start out as tyrants. I’m talking about, spoiler alert, what happened at the end of “Game of Thrones” with that character change. It’s gradual, and I loved how power corrupted these people. What happens to your moral compass when you get a taste of power? Humans are complex personalities, you know?

I think some people really wanted a happy ending always, even though “Game of Thrones” told us it wasn’t that show right from the start.

They wanted beautiful white people to ride together into the sunset. By the way, it’s fiction. There are dragons in it. I continue. [Laughs] No, but the show screws up what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yes, it was called “Game of Thrones,” but in the end, the whole dialogue when people approach me on the street is, “Who will be on the throne?” I don’t know why this was a takeaway because the show really was more than that.

One of my favorite moments when the Dragon burned down the throne because it kind of killed off that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and kind of cool on behalf of the show makers: “Shut up, it’s not about that.” They did it constantly, as I thought of one thing and delivered another. Everyone had their own stories while watching that show, but no one was as good as what the show did, I think.

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