Peter Din­klage

OF ‘GAME OF THRONES’ ON HBO

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tap - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Though it wasn’t a surprise when you filmed your fi­nal “Game of Thrones” scene as Tyrion Lan­nis­ter, was it still an emo­tional wal­lop for you when you ac­tu­ally did it?

Yeah. I knew it was coming, and I was about one of the last peo­ple to wrap up. I think the whole sea­son and se­ries wrapped up the fol­low­ing day. There was a lot of smoke in the air and a lot of sand in our shoes, but it was beau­ti­fully in­ti­mate, too. It wasn’t a big, big scene.

These are not only the most ta­lented peo­ple I know, but they’ve also be­come my re­ally close friends. It’s not just say­ing good­bye to a TV show, it’s say­ing good­bye to a life over there (in Ire­land, where the se­ries was filmed). I re­ally felt wel­come over there; maybe it’s my Ir­ish an­ces­try, but I’ll miss it ter­ri­bly.

As for your home life, how was it for you to be based over­seas for such long stretches of time dur­ing pro­duc­tion of the se­ries?

I live in New York, so I didn’t get to go home as much as others who live in London or other parts of Europe. I got to know my way over there, and it’s a re­ally lovely and beau­ti­ful place. I was sad to see the whole thing end.

Now that “Game of Thrones” is over in terms of film­ing it, what do you see in store for you?

As much as I love Tyrion – and he’s prob­a­bly the great­est char­ac­ter I’ll ever por­tray – it’s al­ways nice to do some­thing com­pletely unique. (Last year’s HBO movie “My Din­ner With Herve” was) the first time I’ve played a liv­ing, breath­ing per­son, so that was pretty daunt­ing. I would bring ev­ery­thing I have in mind to HBO if I could ... but then, I think I’d be on it way too much!

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