In a universe filled with colorful characters, it's incredible that so many stand out on HBO's epic fantasy series "Game of Thrones." The bond between Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister and his sidekick/bodyguard Bronn has particularly been a stand out. In anticipation of the coming third season of hit series, IGN spoke with Jerome Flynn about what could be in store for the two.
The actor contends that there is far more to his gruff character than meets the eye, teasing that behind the tough exterior is a relatively shrewd, ambitious man whose morals are as flexible as the situation needs them to be. "He will kill when he has to kill, but having said that, and I may be proved wrong... Tyrion says, 'Would you kill a baby if I asked you?' and Bronn says, 'I'd ask how much.' I don't know if that's true," Flynn said. "I think he's very good at telling Tyrion what he wants to hear, and showing Tyrion what he wants to see. He's a clever man, Bronn, actually. And so he's also playing a parody, or some kind of character. He's very ambitious."
While their friendship has seen plenty of rough patches, the new season could unfortunately find Bronn and Tyrion at a crossroads. "Bronn's getting itchy, he's getting frustrated and he’s not being paid enough. So it's being set up for a parting of the ways, which is sad, actually," Flynn lamented. "I have to say it makes me very sad because I love working with Peter (Dinklage). It's just such a joy and to have those two characters to play. Peter is a wonderful actor, and he's got a very sophisticated and entertaining kind of nature to his character and his humor. He's a funny man; he's a really funny man. It's a dream to play the role."
Flynn continued, teasing that Tyrion's coming tumult could lead to a reunion of sorts down the road. "What I'm interested in, and hoping for because it feels like it could happen, is that the two of them come back together. All sorts of things happen to Tyrion," the actor said. "He goes off, and I like to think that they're going to team up again."
However, with the television series quickly catching up with the book series, Flynn is hopeful that creative freedom for the show's writers will be the result. "Well I don't know if George (R.R. Martin) has said 'this is where we're going,' but they're going to carry on writing the TV series. So if George doesn't get the book out, I think they're going to start doing it themselves. So then there's more freedom. I mean I'm guessing on that, but I think that's the deal, and George knows that," Flynn explained.
The new season of "Game of Thrones" premieres March 31st on HBO.