'Game of Thrones': George R.R. Martin, Peter Dinklage on the Show's Emmy Wins

The author tells THR: "Hopefully we'll do a second season that's even better than the first and win some more next year; I'm greedy, I want more!"
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Peter Dinklage in "Game of Thrones"

Game of Thrones may not have gone home with the big drama trophy at Sunday’s Emmy Awards, author and executive producer George R.R. Martin couldn’t have been happier.

“I think everybody levitated when Peter Dinklage won supporting actor,” Martin told The Hollywood Reporter. “We were hoping for that but you never know how these things are going to come out. Tyrion has always been my favorite character in the series – though I love them all. Peter has embodied it so marvelously. It was an incredible win for Peter and the show.”

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While the cast members in attendance at Sunday’s awards -- including Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Dinklage, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) – were all in town taking a break from production on Season 2, the cast was huddled at a table around Dinklage at HBO’s Emmy afterparty and had no immediate plans for how they’d celebrate when they returned to the Belfast set.

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“I’m going back to work and I’m giving [the Emmy] to Lena Headey because she deserves it more than I do,” Dinklage joked to THR as Headey laughed along. “I’m bringing it to set and demanding respect from the rest of the cast and crew. Things are going to change!”

In reality, Dinklage noted that he’d more than likely wind up mailing his statuette back overseas. “I’d bring it on the plane but I think it’s a weapon,” he said with a smile.

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Martin, meanwhile, noted that he hoped the Emmy win for Dinklage – and last week’s outstanding main title design win – were the first of many trophies the series would win.

“Hopefully we’ll do a second season that’s even better than the first and win some more next year,” he told THR. “I’m greedy, I want more!”

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With many of the cast set to board flights back to the set Tuesday to get back to production on Thrones, Martin said he was pleased with how faithful showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have been to his book series.

“The process of [adapting the books] requires certain small deviations but for the most part they’ve been very faithful to the books and they’re going to continue to be as much as things like budget and shooting schedule will allow,” Martin said. “Since the first time I met with them, I’ve been convinced that their goal is to take my story and translate it to a different medium. Not to change the story.”

“No TV show or movie is ever going to be 100 percent faithful to a book but I think people who love the books will love the TV show and that will continue to be true,” he added.

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Among the book scenes Martin is most looking forward to seeing realized during Season 2, Martin singled out the battle in Episode 9 -- titled “Battle of the Blackwater.”

“That’s got a gigantic battle that’s very ambitious and expensive,” Martin said of the episode he penned. “I’m looking forward o that with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation but we have a great director for that: we signed Neil Marshall to direct that episode.”

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Martin cited Marshall’s feature work on The Descent and his ability to work marvels with relatively small battles and said he’s “jazzed” about having the helmer on board for the large-scale episode. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it,” he noted.

Momoa, meanwhile, was all smiles and said that he just “grabbed and squeezed” Dinklage after his name was called as supporting actor winner. “If there was one character I would have wanted to play more than mine, it would be his,” he told THR.

As for whether viewers would see Khal Drogo return at all in Season 2 in any capacity, he played coy. “You’ll never see me again,” he said with a huge smile.

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