GAME OF THRONES Cast & Crew React to Peter Dinklage's Emmy Award Win
Published: September 20, 2011 - 8:32am
The cast, crew and actor himself comment on the historic Best Supporting Actor win as Dinklage becomes the first little person ever to win an Emmy. HBO's dark fantasy Emmy nominated series, returns for it's second season in early 2012.
Game of Thrones is an HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire". Set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, Game of Thrones chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom's seven noble families for control of the Iron Throne; as the series opens, additional threats from the snow and ice covered region north of Westeros and from the eastern continent across a narrow sea are simultaneously beginning to rise.
Despite Game of Thrones losing out on the major award of the evening, bowing to Mad Men in the Best Drama category, the cast and crew couldn't have been more ecstatic to see Peter Dinklage win the Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his memorable portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. "I’m going back to work and I’m giving (the Emmy) to Lena Headey because she deserves it more than I do," Dinklage joked as Headey laughed along, "I’m bringing it to set and demanding respect from the rest of the cast and crew. Things are going to change!"
"I think everybody levitated when Peter Dinklage won supporting actor. We were hoping for that but you never know how these things are going to come out. Tyrion has always been my favorite character in the series – though I love them all. Peter has embodied it so marvelously. It was an incredible win for Peter and the show," said creator George R.R. Martin.
Jason Momoa, who played the barbaric Khal Drogo in the first season said he "grabbed and squeezed" Dinklage after the actor's win. "If there was one character I would have wanted to play more than mine, it would be his," said Momoa. As to whether or not Momoa's character would return for the second season, the actor put on a huge smile and said "You’ll never see me again", hinting that he may indeed be returning in some capacity.
New cast additions for season two include Stephen Dillane (John Adams, King Arthur) as Stannis Baratheon and Carice van Houten (Repo Men) as Melisandre. More additions include Liam Cunningham (Camelot) as the onion knight Davos, Natalie Dormer (The Tudors) as Margaery Tyrell, Gwendoline Christie as the knight Brienne, Nonso Anozie as a merchant prince, Tom Wlaschiha as the assassin Jaqen H'gar, Andy Beckwith as Rorge, Roy Dotrice as a pyromancer, Michael McElhatton as Roose, Robert Pugh as Craster, Hannah Murray as Gilly, Oona Chaplin as Jeyne, Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy, Ian Hanmore as a Warlock, Daniel Portman as a squire and Gemma Whelan as the axe wielding Yara Greyjoy.
Game of Thrones stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Harry Lloyd, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Richard Madden, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jack Gleeson, Rory McCann, Peter Dinklage, and Jason Momoa. The series is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger.