Charles Dance has revealed that he was hoping Peter Dinklage’s character Tyrion Lannister would have ended up on the coveted Iron Throne at the end of Game of Thrones’ final season.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain to talk about his upcoming movie Godzilla: The King of Monsters, the actor - who played Tyrion’s father Tywin in the hit fantasy drama - was asked about the show by hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard.
The latter, who describes himself as a Thrones superfan, confessed to reading the books shortly after he finished the first season, as he couldn’t get enough of the world or its characters.
While Dance didn’t pore over George R.R. Martin’s novels, he said he tried to watch as many episodes as he could in order to stay clued up on the storylines he wasn’t included in.
“I have watched as much as I can because there are characters like Daenerys, her character, my character, we never met at all, so we would only meet at press junkets and things,” the 72-year-old explained. “I wanted to know what was happening to these people...”
“I saw the last series,” Dance continued. “It got to the very end and I thought, ‘Hmm, okay.’
'I was confused.'
Charles Dance (aka Tywin Lannister) says he wasn't sure how he felt about the final series of #GameOfThrones - and admits he was rooting for Tyrion to sit on the Iron Throne! ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/e8sSCuAkXj
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“There’s little Arya, she’s going off on a cruise somewhere. Jon’s gone back up North to be on the Wall.
“Then there’s Tyrion... and all the people left alive are sat around the table. So well, what are we going to do now, shall we have a cup of tea or something? I thought, ‘I don’t know.’”
Before he could elaborate on his seemingly blasé attitude towards the Game of Thrones ending, Garraway interjected: “You wanted Tyrion to come through and be the boss?”
“Me, personally? Yes,” Dance replied, and when Shephard said that he also believed that would have been a “brilliant ending,” he added: “It would.”
Technically, no one could have sat upon the Iron Throne in the eagerly-anticipated finale as it was melted by Daenerys’ dragon Drogon following her death earlier on in the episode.
But that didn’t stop Tyrion, Ser Brienne, Arya Stark, Bronn, Samwell Tarly, Ser Davos and more electing Bran Stark as the King of Westeros, much to fan’s surprise.
Elsewhere, Sansa - Bran’s sister - was made Queen of the North.
Dance backing Tyrion is particularly amusing given that his character Tywin had a complicated relationship with his son, having almost killed him twice and denying him as an heir to the throne and the Lannister legacy and sigil.