When Game of Thrones came to an end, Peter Dinklage was relieved.

Peter Dinklage, who played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, talks about how he felt when the show concluded in 2019. Throughout the eight seasons of the show, Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion was praised, and the character swiftly became a fan favorite. Dinklage’s ability to bring a book-accurate depiction of Tyrion Lannister to the screen thrilled many, but the character’s growth in the show’s latter seasons was widely unpopular.

Dinklage now discusses the emotional effect of Game of Thrones’ conclusion in an interview with The Graham Norton Show. Norton asks the actor whether he’s relieved that the program is finally coming to an end in 2019, and he first responds with a brief affirmative. The actor goes on to reveal that leaving Northern Ireland, as well as saying goodbye to the rest of the group, was an emotional event for him.

Yes [I was relieved that Game of Thrones came to an end]. Yes, I mean it’s time to move on. As hard as it is. That’s the tricky thing about… I mean that’s what we do for a living. We go off for a couple of months and we have great friendships, then you don’t see each other again – and that one was a family. I lived in Ireland basically, and it wasn’t just the show it was the life. I had children there. My daughter had an Irish accent… but truly…Belfast: the community up there is so beautiful and I made so many good friends. So for me, the life rather than the show itself. That’s the hardest thing to walk away from.

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