Winter is coming for SNL this weekend as Peter Dinklage (a.k.a. Tyrion Lannister) hosts the late-night sketch comedy show on Saturday. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Game of Thrones star previously appeared on a 2013 episode in which he portrayed the character Drunken Uncle alongside Bobby Moynihan on “Weekend Update.” But this is his first time handling the reins of the coveted hosting gig.
Game of Thrones has been a big point of parody for SNL in the past, like when Sam and Gilly became the hottest couple in Westeros and the comedians played the “Game of Game of Thrones.” But this time they’re working with a lot of material. Dinklage returns April 24 for the sixth season of the HBO series, which will address the fate of Jon Snow.
This weekend, Dinklage is joined on SNL by musical guest Gwen Stefani, who recently earned her first No. 1 solo album with This Is What the World Feels Like. She’s no stranger to Studio 8H, having performed on SNL both as a solo artist and as part of No Doubt.
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Dinklage previously tackled in comedy with films like Pixels, Knights of Badassdom, and Death at a Funeral (both the original and the American remake), and he has more offerings on the way. The actor will voice the role of Mighty Eagle in the CG Angry Birds movie and feature alongside McCarthy for The Boss.
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