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March 27, 2012

‘Game of Thrones’: Peter Dinklage goes first and hopes it lasts

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Fans of Peter Dinklage’s sublime work in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will smile this Sunday night as they watch the opening credits of the second-season premiere: The newly minted Emmy and Golden Globe winner is listed first now, jumping more than 15 spots.

“Well, thanks,” Dinklage said with a wry chuckle last week when he was congratulated about the ascension. The reason for the reaction — nothing lasts forever in Westeros, just ask Sean Bean who was listed first for the opening nine episodes and got axed before the 10th.

“I feel like the credits are about what’s going on in the show,” Dinklage said. “Sean Bean’s character gets killed and now my character is the new Hand of the King, so he goes to the front of the line. We’ll see how that goes…”

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Bean’s character, Lord Eddard Stark, was the face of the show when it launched in April 2011 but in the first season, he lost his head at the order of the sadistic King Joffrey of House Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). Now, Dinklage’s character, the shrewd Tyrion Lannister, has Stark’s former post as Hand of the King, and in the first few episodes of Season 2, he proves he is far more adept at the machinations and mind games of King’s Landing.

To see how he progresses, Dinklage says, keep an eye on the credits, which measure the rise and fall of a survivor game, just like the night-time arena skies in “The Hunger Games.” “It’s kind of funny,” the actor mused. “Every year there will be a new top of the credits. It’s a way to keep track of who gets killed off and who survives.”

– Geoff Boucher

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