If you are watching Game of Thrones and aren’t absolutely fascinated by Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), you aren’t watching the same show I am. Dinklage has made his portrayal of “The Imp” one of the most magnetic things on TV this fall season, and has made him an Emmy contender. His portrayal is only wonderfully layered over the character that George R.R. Martin created. He’s the new Benjamin Linus that television has been missing for a year. Of course, things aren’t going to be terribly easy for Tyrion coming up. At the end of Sunday’s episode “Cripples, and Broken Things,” things weren’t looking good at all for the youngest Lannister sibling. He found himself at the end of many sword-points as Catelyn Stark, believing him to be responsible for the attempt on her son Bran’s life, took him captive.
What you just witnessed, ladies and gentlemen, was the start of a war. Of course, it’ll be slow brewing yet — we probably won’t see the real start of the fighting until the end of season. But Catelyn Stark, perhaps unknowingly, just flicked the first domino in a long string of dominoes that will eventually end in death. Lots and lots of death. But what of Tyrion himself?
Catelyn will take him to her sister, Lady Arryn. It’s a treacherous climb to the top of the stronghold where Arryn resides, but once they’re there, Tyrion will confront his fear of heights, but will eventually use his wits to escape. It will involve a bloody fight, but Tyrion won’t be doing the fighting. And, after the blood has been lost, Tyrion will walk out of the stronghold. And even then, things aren’t going to be very luxurious for him.
Dinklage is magnetic in his role, and I can’t wait to see how he plays out the scenes that I’ve read in the rest of A Game of Thrones (the book). What do you think? Are you ready to see the Imp slip out of captivity once again?