Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage calls it the "hardest thing to walk away from"

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Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has recalled how hard the hugely popular fantasy show was to walk away from when it ended in 2019.

While appearing on The Graham Norton Show's final episode of 2021, which is set to air on New Year's Eve (December 31), the Tyrion Lannister actor was asked by the host whether he felt any sense of relief when he found out that the HBO series was set to conclude following its eighth season.

"Yes," Dinklage admitted candidly, before explaining: "It was time to move on, as hard as it was.

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"We normally go off for a couple of months and have great friendship and you don't see each other again, but this was a family – I lived in Ireland, so for me it wasn't just the show, it was a life, which was the hardest thing to walk away from."

Comedian Joe Lycett then interjected: "I am a big fan of the series and watched the whole lot," joking, "The only issue I have with it is when they put in cameos – Ed Sheeran mainly! I love Ed Sheeran, I love Game of Thrones, I didn't love the Venn diagram where they crossed over.

"It took me out of it. If you're going to put them in do it properly and kill them, really kill them. I wanted him singing 'Shape of You' while Peter is going at him with an axe!"

Dinklage laughed in response: "I think it was because we just wanted rock stars around. A lot of those deals were probably done at the pub and then when they actually turned up it was like, 'Oh no, now we have to write a scene for them!'"

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Photo credit: Sky - HBO

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While Dinklage joined Norton to talk about his lead role in new swashbuckling musical Cyrano, and Lycett descended upon his own socially-distanced red chair to talk about his upcoming UK tour, 'More, More, More', The Crown's Claire Foy stopped by to talk about Benedict Cumberbatch-led biopic The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

Other guests set to have a chat during the episode include Michael Sheen, Cush Jumbo and Jessica Chastain.

The Graham Norton Show airs on New Year's Eve (December 31) on BBC One at 10.20pm.

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