Game of Thrones has killed of a lot of characters, most of which were loved by fans, but it has also not failed in killing characters that were universally hated. One of these characters was Tywin Lannister, whose death at the hands of his own son, Tyrion, made a lot of fans happy. Tywin’s powerful portrayal by actor Charles Dance left an impact on the viewers, and we surely do miss watching him on the show. In a recent interview at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Charles spoke of how he found out about his character’s death on Game of Thrones and how he hasn’t read any of the books written by author George R.R Martin.
“I didn’t know what it was about and I hadn’t read and I haven’t since read any of George RR Martin’s books,” he said, adding, “Do you happen to know what the RR stands for? Neither do I. Nobody can seem to tell me.”
When asked about whether he was concerned about the violence and graphic visuals on the show, he said, “No. They screened the first couple of episodes of season one for a whole bunch of us. I didn’t come into episode seven or something in season one, so this was all stuff I wasn’t involved in but I wanted to see what the flavour of the piece was. So there’s all this rumpy pumpy going on, it was all doggy fashion, and I said to David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the two writers – and they’re also executive producers – ‘Well, obviously the missionary position didn’t come into vogue in the Seven Kingdoms for some time to come.’ They said, ‘We wanted it to be animalistic, Charles.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s certainly that! Wham, bam, thank you mam.’”
Charles also talked about how his character’s death was revealed to him by a stranger on the street, who had said to him, “You’ve got this great death scene!”
Many people might not know that in the earlier stages, BBC was involved in producing Game of Thrones but later on it pulled out over the costs that were involved in producing the episodes. Charles Dance, who has done many BBC shows is glad that BBC wasn’t involved with the show in the long run.
“If that had been the BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation], they’d have pulled the plug on it immediately and I was told that there was a time when the BBC were going to be part of the co-production and thank God they weren’t, because HBO knows how to spend money, and it was HBO and Sky Atlantic. They think they can get a hundred dollars’ worth for spending 10. It’s crazy. I know a lot of crew people and indeed actors whose enthusiasm for a project is dampened when they know it’s going to be made by the BBC because they know they’re going to be penny pinching.“