“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage exposed some secrets behind the HBO hit series during his first stint as host of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
First, though, the Golden Globe-winning actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the show, addressed the biggest question of the upcoming sixth season of “Game of Thrones.”
“I have no idea if Jon Snow is really dead,” he started the monologue. “I even have the new scripts, but if I’m not in the scene, Petey no read-ee.”
With that out the way, he announced that writer George R.R. Martin was in the audience, played by “SNL’s” Bobby Moynihan. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels are the basis of “Game of Thrones.” But for the first time during the show’s run, “Game of Thrones” has outpaced Martin’s books.
“George was nice enough to write this monologue for me, even though he’s still busy trying to finish his next ‘Thrones’ book,” Dinklage explained.
“Yeah, it’s taken a while, but fans have been very cool about it,” Moynihan’s Martin answered, which “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson interrupted with a coughed “Lazy!”
What followed was a look at the show’s storytelling tricks.
Watch Dinklage’s monologue below:
Speaking of tricks, Dinklage then offered a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s popular dragons.
“Season six finds Tyrion in the service of Daenerys Targaryen,” Dinklage explained. “And that means I finally get some screen time with those scene stealers, the Dragons.”
It appeared that through the magic of TV, the actors interacted with a person in a dragon costume (played by Moynihan) on-set. One would think that would be way better than acting with an inanimate object or possibly nothing at all, but this dragon stand-in is pretty high maintenance.
Watch the dragon sketch below: