If you were a cast member on one of the most popular shows in television history, people would think you’re crazy for saying that it should ever come to an end instead of clamoring for never-ending seasons. But Peter Dinklage, who’s stolen our smart, sarcastic, wine-loving hearts as Tyrion Lannister, knows that there’s a perfect time for all things to end, and for Game of Thrones, that time is now.
“It’s time,” he said recently at Variety’s Sundance Film Festival studio. “Storywise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”
Dinklage added that he knows it’s never easy to say goodbye to a show like Thrones, which has broken records the world over and forever impacted pop culture, but especially to fan-favorite characters, of which Tyrion is without question. He called it “bittersweet” that it’s time to move on — a word we’ve word often from cast and crew alike as news of production on the final season continues.
“It’s always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short amounts of time and then you have to move on and it’s always heartbreaking,” Dinklage said. “Especially when you’ve spent more than a couple months with people.”
Dinklage also noted that filming on the eighth and final season of Thrones is about halfway finished, but this likely doesn’t mean anything — numerous sources and interviews have pointed to filming continuing until at least June and possibly later. We reported in September 2017 that a casting notice for a mercenary character will film in May and June, and in October 2017 that Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) said the cast will be filming “right up until the summer.” So although we’d dearly love to believe there’s only a handful of months left for Season 8 filming, it’s more likely that the Imp’s penchant for wordplay is showing. No matter what, we’ll keep you updated on filming and all other Season 8 news!