I am painfully late to the Game of Thrones party — like, I’m at a perpetual “maybe” if you’re using a Facebook Events metaphor – but I know that one of the best things about the show is how it’s thrust actor Peter Dinklage into the mainstream. I’ve long admired him from his controversial recurring role on Nip/Tuck, but now everyone knows that this man is badass. In April Rolling Stone wrote of his character Tyrion Lannister,
Dinklage has built up even more swagger between seasons, the same way Al Pacino did between the first two Godfather movies. Tyrion is the story’s most fascinating anti-hero, all rudely stamped menace and wit. He quips like a mix of Richard III and Morrissey, while lurking around King’s Landing with all his impin’-ain’t-easy gangsta lean.
And now they’re giving him the cover for the May issue, on newsstands this Friday. The official Game of Thrones Facebook page posted this cover, and it’s already amassed over 14,000 likes. Not even Adam Yauch‘s tragic passing was enough to boot Dinklage off the cover. Tyrion ftw.