Game of Thrones Poster #19 FRAMED Tyrion Lannister imprisoned in Sky Cell Peter Dinklage


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The sky cells are the Eyrie’s dungeons. They are particularly infamous; they are merely shelves on the side of the mountain’s sheer cliffs, left open to the cold sky. Mord is a gaoler of House Arryn in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of the sky cells. Tyrion Lannister is imprisoned in the sky cells by Lysa Arryn. During the first day he cautiously looks around, seeing the waycastle Sky below and other cells to his right and left and above him. Tyrion is afraid he will slide to his death if he rolls over in his sleep. To escape the sky cell Tyrion demands trial by combat. Bronn volunteers to champion him in the trial and kills Ser Vardis Egen, saving Tyrion’s life and securing Tyrion’s freedom. Both men leave the Eyrie on the dangerous high road.

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The episodes are mainly written by Benioff and Weiss, who are the executive producers alongside Martin, who writes one episode per season. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment. Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Tyrion Lannister (also referred to as “The Imp” or “The Halfman”) is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. Based on an idea that came to Martin while writing the 1981 novel Windhaven, Tyrion has been called one of the author’s “finest creations” and most popular characters by The New York Times. Martin has named the character as his favorite in the series. Introduced in 1996’s A Game of Thrones, Tyrion is a dwarf and member of House Lannister, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appeared in Martin’s A Clash of Kings (1998) and A Storm of Swords (2000). Tyrion was one of a few prominent characters that were not included in 2005’s A Feast for Crows, but returned in the next novel A Dance with Dragons (2011). The character will also appear in the forthcoming volume The Winds of Winter. The popularity of the character led Martin and Bantam Books to publish The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister, an illustrated collection of Tyrion quotes from the novels, in 2013. In 2011, Peter Dinklage received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and later the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for his portrayal of Tyrion. Among other accolades, Dinklage has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

In A Game of Thrones (1996), Tyrion is introduced as the third and youngest child of wealthy and powerful Tywin Lannister, the former Hand of the King. Tyrion’s elder sister Cersei is the Queen of Westeros by virtue of her marriage to King Robert Baratheon, and Cersei’s male twin Jaime is captain of the royal security detail, the Kingsguard. Described as an ugly (“for all the world like a gargoyle”), malformed dwarf with mismatched green and black eyes, Tyrion possesses the pale blond hair of a Lannister but has a complicated relationship with the rest of them. While he is afforded the privilege and luxuries of his family, he is treated as a “second class noble” because of his stature. Additionally, his mother Joanna had died giving birth to Tyrion, for which Tywin and Cersei blame and loathe him. Further, Tywin’s pride in his family name and rank, and obsession with creating a long-lasting royal dynasty, is at odds with the reality that he has fathered a physically flawed child who repulses him but whom he is duty-bound to protect. Jaime however, though close to his sister and loyal to their father, treats Tyrion with respect and kindness.

Tyrion is intelligent, witty and well-read, and shares his father’s skill for business and political maneuvering. David Orr of The New York Times notes him to be “a cynic, a drinker, an outcast and conspicuously the novels’ most intelligent presence.” As an outcast, he displays sympathy for other outcasts, and the otherwise mistreated; the TV series version of the character commiserates with the illegitimate son of Ned Stark by saying “All dwarves are bastards in their father’s eyes.” Still, he is usually seen for his deformities and vices, rather than his virtues and good deeds. Tom Shippey of the Wall Street Journal points out that other characters underrate Tyrion: “His dwarf-status acts as a kind of protection, because — though he is probably the most intelligent character in the whole cast list — no one takes him seriously.” Acknowledging that Tyrion’s wit, humor and cunning are his survival mechanism, actor Dinklage told The New York Times that “He knows he has no skills with the sword, and this is a world that is really deeply violent. Military rules. He would not be able to survive in that world, given his own strength. So he beats people to the punchline — he’s entertaining.” In 1981, Martin was collaborating with Lisa Tuttle on a trio of novellas that would be published as the novel Windhaven: “So while we were writing the books we thought about a dwarf who would have been the Lord of one of the islands. He had to be the ugliest person in the world but the most intelligent too. I kept that idea in my mind and it reappeared to me when I was starting to write Game of Thrones. So … That’s Tyrion Lannister.” Tyrion is a prominent point of view character in the novels, and both David Orr of The New York Times and Lev Grossman of Time called him one of Martin’s “finest creations.” Martin has singled out Tyrion as his favorite character in the series, and in 2001 Thomas M. Wagner wrote that Tyrion “may very well be the strongest antihero in all of contemporary fantasy.” The New York Times also noted in 2012 that “for fans of the novels, Tyrion is among the most beloved among the scores of kings, warriors, wenches, slaves, queens and monsters that populate George R. R. Martin’s world.” Martin said, “My readers identify with the outcast, with the underdog, with the person who’s struggling rather than the golden boy.”

Noting Tyrion to be one of Martin’s most popular characters and singling him out as the author’s “grandest creation,” Dana Jennings of The New York Times calls him “a bitter but brilliant dwarf whose humor, swagger and utter humanity make him the (often drunken) star of the series.” From the beginning, Dinklage’s performance received much critical praise. The Boston Globe called his Tyrion one of the show’s “highlights,” adding that Dinklage “gives a winning performance that is charming, morally ambiguous, and self-aware.” Matt Roush of TV Guide told viewers to “rejoice in the scene-stealing bravado of Peter Dinklage as the wry ‘imp’ Tyrion Lannister.” The Los Angeles Times wrote “In many ways, Game of Thrones belongs to Dinklage” even before, in season 2, the “scene-stealing actor’s” character became the series’ most central figure. The New York Times noted that as beloved as the character of Tyrion is to the novels’ fans, “Dinklage’s sly performance has made Tyrion all the more popular.” The Huffington Post called Tyrion the “most quotable” character on the HBO series, as well as one of the most beloved. In April 2011 both the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly pronounced Dinklage worthy of an Emmy Award for his performance in Season 1. He subsequently received one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. He also earned a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film and a Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor for Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Dinklage has received several other award nominations for his performance in the series.

Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), the British film Death at a Funeral (2007) and its American remake of the same name (2010), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), A Little Bit of Heaven (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Knights of Badassdom (2013) and as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Since 2011, he has played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in 2011. As a result of his performance and increased screen time, Dinklage was given top billing starting in the series’ second season. Though Dinklage continues to find success and wide-received acclaim for his role, in 2014, he admitted on The Late Show with David Letterman that he has never read the series written by Martin. He stated that he started the series but had gotten confused. He joked to Letterman, “George Martin, our author, is probably going to kill my character soon because I mentioned that.” Dinklage has been a vegetarian since the age of 16. He supports Farm Sanctuary and has served as the spokesperson for the organization’s Walk for Farm Animals. Dinklage also narrated the video Face your Food, a film advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds.

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