How we wish we had a Peter Dinklage by our side before an English Lit exam, ready to dispense perfectly compact plot nuggets that completely summed up whichever Shakespearean play we were cramming for. The Game of Thrones actor recently proved his knack for condensing a storyline by summarising the entire fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire in minimal words and less than 30 seconds.

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Peter Dinklage Has Summed Up The Entire 'GoT' Series Hilariously & Succinctly.

The 44 year-old actor stopped by MTV to discuss his new movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the conversation soon turned to his career-defining role as Tyrion Lannister in the long-running HBO fantasy drama. He was more than happy to try to summarise the George R. R. Martin's seven books in as few words as possible under 45 seconds and came up with the following in just 30:

"Stabby-stabby-stabby-stabby, sexy-sexy-sexy, stabby-stabby-stabby, beauuuutiful language and beautiful scenes of poetry...and a couple of jokes."

Perfect, right? Okay, so some pretty big details and subplots have been glossed over but the TV star pretty much captures the sex-and-violence tussle of the entire show's premise. Of course, he said a few other things but they were pretty graphic so you'll have to hunt out the video to find out.

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In another interview with IGN, Dinklage drew some pretty interesting comparisons between the Game of Thrones and X-Men franchise spheres. He stressed that both franchises are adept at drawing large audiences because they work outside the genre boundaries. [Spoilers ahead].

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Dinklage Discussed The Crossover Between His Two Most Famous Franchises.

"['X-Men' is] a summer blockbuster, with super heroes [...] there's all this crazy stuff going on, but then it has these intimate moments of complete internal character conflict that are so dramatic and gut-wrenching, that you rarely see in these types of films. And I say, why not combine the elements? Because that's how you'll grab an audience. I don't want to know what I'm watching. I want to be surprised."

The actor added "'Game of Thrones' does the same thing...I was shocked at the audience's response to the death of Ned Stark. It speaks to what we're used to from a narrative perspective: you don't kill the hero."

Game Of Thrones continues on Monday on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

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