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Peter Dinklage Explains GAME OF THRONES in 45 Seconds

One cannot simply walk into Game of Thrones.* If you don’t start at the beginning, you’ll be lost. Or will you? MTV News recently spoke with Peter Dinklage during a junket for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the interviewer admitted he’s never watched Game of Thrones and asks for a quick overview. After recovering from a moment of shock, Dinklage takes the time he has – 45 seconds – to summarize the series.

If a friend asked me to capture all four seasons of the series in that amount of time, I would mostly fumble over words as I tried to talk as fast as possible. How do you capture all the death, plotting, betrayals, and intricate story lines in a few sentences? It would take at least 30 minutes just to discuss the sigils, words, and histories of the great houses of Westeros. Luckily, I didn’t have to answer the question. Allow Dinklage to demonstrate how it’s done (the video only has one mild spoiler):

He hits the highlights of what happens without giving anything huge away. That takes talent. Mix stabbing with some sexy and some beautiful language and music, and you’ve got the basics. Then add a sprinkle of humor and don’t forget about the incest! His description of Game of Thrones should be turned into a rap and put onto the next soundtrack. I’d buy the single on iTunes.

If you had less than a minute to explain Game of Thrones, how would you describe it? Share your summaries in the comments.

HT: The Mary Sue

*Before anyone says anything, yes, I know that line is from The Fellowship of the Ring.

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  1. D_Rockit says:

    I beleive the series can be summed up in under one minute by quoting the Varys riddle about power: “In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. ‘Do it,’ says the king, ‘for I am your lawful ruler.’ ‘Do it,’ says the priest, ‘for I command you in the names of the gods.’ ‘Do it,’ says the rich man, ‘and all this gold shall be yours.’ So tell me – who lives and who dies?”

    and overall episodes and storylines revolve around resolving this question – and heroes either win (temporarily) or die (more or less permanently) in violent, sexy and mostly unpredictable ways)) 

  2. BoredLeadingTheBored says:

    I’ve never watched the show, and everything I hear about it makes me glad.

  3. Sonya says:

    Woo ooh Woo ooh ….  stabby stabby…. Woo ooh Woo ooh… Awesome.

  4. Greg says:

    This post is garbage… it doesn’t tell us anything, and it might as well be a simple link to a video. Why is there an author credited to this, and will anybody in the history of ever cite this article? I highly doubt it.

    To top it off, the fact that a 45 second mini-fumble through an explanation of something by a celebrity is “trending” is yet more proof that the world (at least of social media) has the consciousness of a 12 year old.

    Who cares? This didn’t add anything to my life, and I am now dumber for having watched this. It isn’t “news-worthy”.  The people who comment above and below me could have probably made a funnier video.

  5. gridsleep says:

    Do you think RR injured himself face-palming?

  6. Chris says:

    The looney tunes music in the backgroundhelped 
    Ps – this is nerdist, so I imagine every reader knew that line was from LOTR 

  7. kmo says:

    I think he left out a few stabby stabbys and one giant HODOR!!!

  8. Olga Mallina says:

    I’m in Canada, why the hell isn’t video available in my location?

  9. Heywood of the house Jablowmi, first of his name, lord of the dance, and first to come. says:

    is it slightly offensive that they played circus music?

  10. Andrea aka Fred says:

    Never watched the show, but I gotta say that Dinklage’s description has definitely gotten me interested lol

  11. CorgiGirl says:

    Stabby, Incest, Whitewalkers, War, Death…

  12. KR says:

    Stabby stabby stabby! Gotta love the Dinklage…

  13. acpaul says:

    Zombies, Battles, Backstabbing, Sex, War, Incest, Bloodshed, Intrigue, More Sex, More War, More Zombies, and DRAGONS.

  14. Jesus says:

    Blood, battles, boobs with a chance of dragons.