Even birds on the trees know that Game of Thrones became a worldwide phenomenon ever since HBO’s TV series of the same name debuted back in 2011. The series started with 2.22 million viewers (the first episode in April of 2011) and finished with 13.61 million viewers (the last episode in May of 2019). And that’s just on HBO in the US.
Game of Thrones defined the modern take on the fantasy genre on television. Ever since its premiere, many other networks decided to take more risks with fantasy shows based on the books because Game of Thrones showed that that formula works. Netflix started with The Witcher and Cursed. Although The Witcher became a huge success as well, Cursed didn’t survive the first season. Amazon Prime Video also made The Wheel of Time, one more show based on a series of fantasy novels.
Of course, even though the original Game of Thrones series concluded almost three years ago, the GoT brand isn’t going anywhere. Later this year, the prequel series, titled House of the Dragon is set to premiere on HBO. The series is set two hundred years before the events of the original series, and it will focus on House Targaryen.
As the fans are waiting for the prequel, Peter Dinklage, an actor who played Tyrion Lannister in the original series, now shared his opinion on the upcoming prequel:
“I have an opinion. Make something — I think it is going to be a really good show. The director and producer of it worked on our show, and I think it’s going to be really f**cking good. But, they took a risk on our show, HBO did. They took a huge risk on our show. It was a slow start, but why don’t they do that again? This isn’t a risk. It’s a proven thing that works.” — Peter Dinklage for Marc Maron’s WTF podcast
Dinklage won a Golden Globe award and 4 Primetime Emmy Awards for the role of Tyrion Lannister. He was the only actor who was nominated for the role in every season of the series, and the only actor of the series who won the Emmy Award.