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'Game of Thrones' actor Peter Dinklage feels pressures facing the successful show

Season 2 of HBO show off to good start
By Geoff Boucher Published: June 15, 2012

— “Game of Thrones” has the look of a conquering king right now — HBO renewed the series for a third season just two weeks after the Season 2 opener earned glowing reviews and posted a 77 percent increase over last April's series premiere. But one of the stars, Peter Dinklage, says any success is a double-edged sword.

When asked what challenges lie ahead for the “Game of Thrones” team, the 42-year-old actor said he sees them coming from several directions, including the most passionate fans of the show.

Specifically, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner said he frets a bit about the relentless Internet drumbeat of fantasy fans who want the medieval epic to be more, well, epic.

“There's so much pressure to, in terms of this genre, make it bigger,” Dinklage said. “There's all this talk about, ‘We want more battles!' and there's so many fan sites. And the show is based on a very successful series of novels (by George R.R. Martin) and so there was so much anticipation for it — and so much pressure put on it. You can't really listen to all of that if you're going to be successful. It's just too much to take in, too much to take on. You have to block all of that out and tell the really smart story that was told by George and not try to take on too much that takes the (priorities) in other directions.”

It's hard to find many die-hard fantasy fans who don't love scale and sprawl — one of the defining hallmarks of epic fantasy is the immersive experience of visiting a place like Middle-earth, Narnia, Hogwarts or the Dark Tower, where things are not just strange and magical but also ancient and immense.

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