“They wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together,” he told The New York Times in a recent interview.
Dinklage then cited GoT’s fantastical elements as a reason to not really get caught up in the show. “By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on,” he added. “No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yeah, it was called Game of Thrones, but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, ‘Who’s going to be on the throne?’ I don’t know why that was their takeaway because the show really was more than that.”
Dinklage also said he believes that people railed against the finale almost out of anger, as if they were in a relationship and were being broken up with.
“It was the right time. No less, no more. You don’t want to wear out your welcome, although I’m not sure that show could have,” Dinklage explained. “But I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them. We were going off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that.”
The show indeed faced backlash for various reasons, including a water bottle blunder, Daenerys Targaryen’s villainous turn, and Bran Stark becoming king of Westeros. Oh, and sorry for the spoiler.
Dinklage can next be seen in the new film Cyrano, which releases Dec. 31.