Peter Dinklage Debunked A Wacky Game Of Thrones Fan Theory

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Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on television, and the plots have gotten more and more complex as the seasons passed. Season 7 came to an end with an explosive finale back in August 2017, and fans will be waiting until 2019 to see what happens next. With such a long hiatus, fans will undoubtedly begin looking for clues about Season 8 everywhere. Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion on Game of Thrones, starred in a Doritos Super Bowl commercial that featured a whole lot of fire, leading some to theorize that Game of Thrones was using the Doritos ad to hint that Tyrion secretly has the blood of a dragon. Dinklage has already come out to debunk that theory, however, saying this:

I love every single theory the fans of our show have, because they're so much fun. They get to show the dedication and love they have for the show, but you have to understand that it is a Doritos commercial. It's not 'Game of Thrones.' So [fans] are sort of stretching the limit with that theory when you're branching out to Frito-Lay commercials. But I say that with all love and respect. Please, I love them. I love the fan theories that they have until the show is finally over.

So there we have it! Game of Thrones was not using Peter Dinklage's Doritos commercial as a sneaky way to tip off fans that Tyrion really is a secret Targaryen. The show has been known to drop subtle clues hinting at big twists in the past, and fans have had to learn to pay attention to detail, but there are no hidden messages in the Doritos Super Bowl ad. Kudos to the fans who came up with such a creative theory, though! Dinklage's comments to HuffPost indicate that he gets a kick out of fans' enthusiasm for the show.

Of course, Peter Dinklage's debunking of the Doritos theory doesn't mean that Tyrion isn't a secret Targaryen on Game of Thrones. The show has certainly set the stage in a way that such a reveal would totally work. Season 7 established that characters with Targaryen blood are able to interact with dragons safely when Jon was able to touch Drogon without being roasted. The only character who was previously able to do such a thing other than Dany was Tyrion back in Season 6. Maybe Jon isn't the only secret Targaryen on Game of Thrones! Certain passages from George R.R. Martin's book saga could even support the theory. No Doritos necessary.

In case you missed Peter Dinklage's Super Bowl commercial, check it out below:

If this commercial isn't proof that Tyrion is a secret Targaryen, we probably shouldn't take it as proof that Morgan Freeman is secretly the Night King either. Maybe Freeman could still appear as one of the Old and/or the New Gods of the Game of Thrones universe. A divine being is certainly more within Freeman's wheelhouse than the leader of a horde of ice zombies.

Unfortunately, we have a while to wait before we see Tyrion back in action due to Game of Thrones' premiere in 2019. For what you can watch while we wait for the final season of the series, take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).