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Winter Is Coming

Season Three of Game of Thrones Starts Tonight (Yay!), Will Have Less Tyrion Lannister (Boo!)


We have eight hours and counting until Game of Thrones starts back up again. But when season three does get underway, it’ll be light on the Tyrion. It makes sense, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Peter Dinklage noted his relative lack of screen time compared to last season to Entertainment Weekly, explaining: “It’s still fun, but easier. I’ve had fewer days shooting. With all the [show's] different story lines, the focus sometimes shifts, which is fine.”

He adds: “I don’t mind. My character probably minds.”

(In that same interview, Dinklage explains why show-Tyrion didn’t lose his nose at the Battle of Blackwater like book-Tyrion did: “It would cost a lot of money, because they’d have to put a little green sock on my nose. Every scene I was in they’d have to [digitally paint] over my face in every frame and that’s costly and time consuming. I think a scar solves everything.” Fair enough. And it leaves more of the CGI budget for dragons.)

The end of season two saw Tyrion replaced as the Hand of the King by his father Tywin Lannister, and in much of the book upon which season three is based Tyrion is on the sidelines. Make no mistake, he’s still a major character, but thinking back I have a hard remembering what he actually did in book three. There was the subplot with Shae and her BFF singer Symon Silver Tongue, but I’d be surprised if they don’t cut that. And I seem to remember a lot of scheming, but when you have around 500 pages to cover in only ten hours (remember, book three is being divided into two seasons), that’s going to have to be condensed.

Ah well. There’s a silver lining here: Tyrion having fewer scenes means the scenes he does have will be like manna from the heavens.

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    Well, obviously the main thing he did was [rot13 for spoilers] zneel Fnafn, but that in and of itself doesn’t need to take up an awful lot of screen time.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    True. That wouldn’t be until season four, though, because it happens relatively close to the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

    Pretty sure Tyrion replaces Littlefinger in charge of the money behind the throne, attends a wedding, continues his affairs with Shae, schemes with Varys, and is routinely humiliated by a character who enjoys doing that to people. Loads of stuff to deal with.

  • Anonymous

    The show-makers have outright stated that it’s going to be this year.

    SPOILERS BEHIND LINK: http://hbowatch.com/wedding-scene-confirmed-for-game-of-thrones-season-3-spoilers/

    The RW is also about 2/3 of the way through the book, so it’s looking very much like this season will cover more than just the first half of the book. I’d expect Season 4 to be a combination of the last third or quarters of A Storm of Swords and a fair portion of A Feast for Crows.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Sorry, I interpreted “zneel Fnafn” as something other than RW (which Tyrion doesn’t have a direct hand in anyway, if memory serves). I though you meant a certain thing with a crossbow and a toilet that happens right at the end of the book. And anyway, the other main character in that scene has said that they’ve gotten scripts for S4, so they’re definitely there.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Yep, and he’ll still be there to do all of it! The plot just goes in a different direction than he does for the most part.

  • Anonymous

    Tyrion is my favorite character, but I can see why he would step out of the spotlight to make room for all of the new characters. I hope we get to see a good bit of him in the premiere though, before everyone else steps into the picture. I get off my shift at DISH right when it starts, so I am going to have to watch it on the train ride home. I love how I can stream live TV from my receiver at home to my iPad with DISH Anywhere because it makes it so easy to keep up with everything.

  • Anonymous

    Tyrion is my favorite character, but I can see why he would step out of the spotlight to make room for all of the new characters. I hope we get to see a good bit of him in the premiere though, before everyone else steps into the picture. I get off my shift at DISH right when it starts, so I am going to have to watch it on the train ride home. I love how I can stream live TV from my receiver at home to my iPad with DISH Anywhere because it makes it so easy to keep up with everything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563223409 Vic Horsham

    I assumed that’d be saved for season 4, since a Certain Event involving the Lannisters, which directly precedes and indeed causes the Scene with the Crossbow and Toilet is,well, perfect finale cliffhanger fodder. Since they already have the RW to finish season 3 with a bang, I assumed they’d save the Other oh-shit-what event for season 4.