In which I way overthink this bit of ‘Game of Thrones’ insight that Peter Dinklage just gave us

OK, SO. Remember that scene in the last season of Game of Thrones when Tyrion figures out that Jon and Dany are about to awaken the dragon, and he makes a face? This one?

And we weren’t sure what that face meant? Was he disapproving? Was he jealous? Was he plotting against them and actually has been on Team Cersei this entire time?

Wonder no more, because Peter Dinklage, God bless him, revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly what was going on in the Imp’s head and heart in this scene:

“Keep it down over there, I’m trying to get some sleep!” Dinklage jokes. But then he got serious and delivered a rather thoughtful and detailed answer that shows how deeply the Emmy winner thinks about his work.

“No, ah, it’s complicated…” Dinklage says. “A lot of the time with Tyrion, it’s professional and personal. Obviously, he has feelings for Daenerys. He loves her — or thinks he does. She’s awe-inspiring. He’s questioning that because he doesn’t have a good track record for falling in love. There’s jealousy wrapped up in there. And he loves Jon Snow, too. They’re the two people he has the most in common with, in a way — they’re both outsiders in their own families who have refused to follow the path their family has taken, and hopefully for the better. He’s wondering how smart of a move [Jon and Dany getting romantically involved is], because passion and politics don’t mix well. He knows the two of them getting together could be very dangerous.”

NOT TO GET ALL GAME OF THRONES THEORY-ING ON YOU, except that I’m totally am. BUT HERE’S THE THING: Personally, I find this revelation fascinating in part because I hadn’t picked up on Tyrion having romantic feelings for Daenerys, I read his feelings towards her as strictly being respectful.* But adding romantic jealousy to this dynamic will certainly make the final episodes interesting.

But I also feel like this revelation is fascinating because of the whole incest element. As we and Bran and Sam and no one else knows, Daenerys and Jon are aunt and nephew. And so I find it interesting that Dinklage says Tyrion loves them both because I am immediately reminded of another incestuous couple that Tyrion loved in his own way: his brother and sister. So there’s this interesting mirroring happening in which Tyrion has replaced Cersei and Jaime with Daenerys and Jon in his life. That in and of itself is a nice bit of character insight into our favorite Lannister. But if you believe as I do that Tyrion is actually a secret Targaryen (even if it’s never revealed on the show), the idea that Tyrion is replacing his fake family with his real family — while believing that he is doing just the opposite — and yet the incestuous thing is still there is a weird, satisfying bit of narrative balance. If that makes any sense.

*Also, I know that everyone is attracted to Daenerys — hell, I think she’s superhot — but if Tyrion were a secret Targaryen and Daenerys’ older half-brother, of course he’d be romantically drawn to her, that’s their whole thing. And so I feel kinda dumb right now that I didn’t read his feelings towards her as being romantic since I’ve been banging the secret Targaryen drum for a while now.


ZOMG: HEIDI AND TIM ARE LEAVING PROJECT RUNWAY. Apparently, they are going to develop their own show for Amazon.

And wait: Zac Posen is leaving too? NINA, DON’T YOU DARE. DON’T YOU DARE LEAVE THIS SHOW.

The Walking Dead premiere will be roughly an hour and a half long.

Diane English is still SO MAD at Dan Quayle, and you know what? Good for her. Fuck that guy.

Here’s what we know about the Veronica Mars reboot that is still not official yet.

The Simpsons done goofed — more than 20 years ago.

The creator of Veep tweeted a funny, and now it might really be turned into a movie.

He also had a penguin challenge for Twitter, and Twitter did not disappoint:

Welp, that popular movie category in the Oscars proved to not be so popular after all.

Local news be wild.

A Couple of Quick Political Points

Jeff Sessions is coming for social media for supposedly having a liberal bias (even though it was manipulated and used to get his President elected BUT WHATEVER) but the problem is social media is not the government, every site is privately owned, so good luck with that, you evil elf.

President Brain Plaque thinks The New York Times committed “treason” by publishing that anonymous editorial.

He also wants the Secret Service to investigate the anonymous New York Times editorial because he thinks the line, “So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over,” could be an allusion to an assassination plot. OK.

Meanwhile, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is encouraging people to call and harass The New York Times. That’s not alarming in the least.

Still, there’s this:

But here are some things you should really be outraged about:

Time’s Up

Les Moonves reportedly tried to destroy Janet Jackson’s career after the wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl. He banned her from the Grammys, VH1, MTV and all Viacom-owned radio stations. What a fucking asshole.

But apparently, CBS is considering paying Les Moonves $100 million to go away. People are not amused.

Here’s a thought: instead, CBS, fire his ass and split that $100 million amongst the women whose careers he ruined.

Adam Venit, the man Terry Crew accused of molesting him, will be leaving the agency where he worked. He should have been fired, not allowed to “leave,” but I’ll take it.

Harvey Weinstein may be facing federal wire fraud charges stemming from hiring P.I. agency Black Cube to investigate his accusers.

The lost residuals from The Cosby Show did factor into Geoffrey Owens getting a job at Trader Joe’s. Once again, a resounding “fuck you, Bill Cosby.”

Joyce Maynard, the woman who wrote about her relationship with J.D. Salinger when she was 18 and he was 53 — he convinced her to leave Yale and live with him, only to dump her 7 months later — was accused of being a predator when her book, At Home in the World, came out some 20 years ago. I mean, just wrap your head around that.

The Venice Film Festival has been a pit of toxic masculinity. From the fact that there was only one female director included — and that someone screamed “whore” as her name appeared in the credits, to that asshole wearing the “Harvey is Innocent” t-shirt, it’s been a real shitshow.


In Development

  • Party of Five has been ordered to pilot by Freeform.
  • MD-1, a medical drama from Dr. Oz’s production company, is being developed at CBS.
  • Sydney to the Max has been ordered by Disney Channel.
  • Someone is rebooting The Care Bears.
  • Polaroid is thisclose to being bought by Netflix.
  • Unsend has been greenlit by Comedy Central as a digital series.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Narcos: Mexico will premiere on Netflix on November 16.
  • BBC is going to hold a 13-day marathon of modern Doctor Who episodes beginning September 25, leading up to the season premiere on October 7.
  • The Walking Dead returns on October 7 on AMC.


Burt Reynolds, Legendary actor and goddamned movie star. CMT will honor him by airing the documentary The Bandit tonight and Saturday night.

Check out this post for more celebrity tributes.

Mary Willard, TV writer, playwright, and wife of Fred

Beth Krakower, Publicist of TV composers

Andre Blay, 20th Century Fox Video CEO and home video pioneer

Jason Hairston, Former NFL player



Atypical: Second season of the family dramedy. Netflix

Marvel’s Iron Fist: Second season of the least liked Marvel series on Netflix. Netflix

Stand Up to Cancer: Fuck off, Cancer. 7 p.m., ABC, NBC, FOX among others


The Greatest Showman: Hugh Jackman sings about circuses. 7 p.m., HBO

Fargo: My son recognized Peter Stormare in American Gods from his role in LA to Vegas and that’s when I realized I had failed him as a mother in that I hadn’t shown him this movie. That’s going to change. 8:45 p.m., HBO2

Final Destination: Speaking of being a mother, nothing quite captures being a parent of a small child than this movie in that when you become a mother, you are gifted with the ability to see in your mind’s eye every link in a chain of events that could lead to a potential disaster. 8:25 p.m., Cinemax


Shameless: The last season with Fiona. *sniffles* Season premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime

Kidding: Jim Carrey stars in this dramedy as the star of a kid’s show, Mr. Pickles. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Showtime

The Deuce: The second season begins in 1977 and the beginnings of punk rock. Season premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

You: Penn Badgley stars as a bookstore owner who becomes obsessed with and begins stalking a writer in this new series to fill the thriller-shaped hole in your life. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Lifetime

The Miss America Competition: This is the first go-round since Gretchen Carlson was put in charge. Goodbye, swimsuit competition, hello more in-depth interviews. 8 p.m., ABC

Rel: A sneak peek at Lil’ Rel’s new sitcom. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Fox

The Bad Seed: Rob Lowe’s remake of the classic 1956 movie about a very bad little girl. 7 p.m., Lifetime

The Last Ship: The final season begins three years after the global famine. Season premiere. 8 p.m., TNT

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Nick Jonas, Elizabeth Olsen The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Sharon Osbourne, Jay Rock Jimmy Kimmel Live (Friday): Terry Bradshaw, Shannon Purser, Dreamers The Late Late Show with James Corden (Friday): William H. Macy Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Jackie Walters


FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Stand Up to Cancer What Would You Do?
CBS Stand Up to Cancer TKO
Blue Bloods
CW Masters of Illusion
Masters of Illusion
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX Stand Up to Cancer The Orville
NBC Stand Up to Cancer Dateline

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC College Football
CBS Pink Collar Crimes
48 Hours
48 Hours
FOX College Football
NBC America’s Got Talent
News/Local Saturday Night Live

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Celebrity Family Feud
The Miss America Competition
CBS 60 Minutes
Big Brother
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Simpsons
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy


NBC Sunday Night Football: Bears at Packers


2 thoughts on “In which I way overthink this bit of ‘Game of Thrones’ insight that Peter Dinklage just gave us

  1. So Netflix is buying a movie called Polaroid? Hmm. Earlier this year they streamed a film called Kodachrome.

    If someone works up a treatment for Snapchat: The Movie, I’ll bet I know where they could sell it.

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