Best Thing About ‘Game of Thrones’? The Way Peter Dinklage Says ‘Bastard’

As Tyrion Lannister, the diminutive thespian has a highly quotable way of addressing Jon Snow

HBO's "Game of Thrones" adaptation has become a major hit due to its twisted storylines and mind-bending cliffhangers. But a not insignificant chunk of its success can be chalked up to the sterling performance put in each week by Peter Dinklage.

Despite his diminutive stature, the actor towers above his fellow castmates as Tyrion Lannister, partly due to Dinklage's knack for enunciating his lines with a puckish glee befitting a character nicknamed "The Imp."

Our favorite weapon in Dinklage's arsenal so far? The way he utters the word "bastard," something he does with shocking abandon.

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We're not sure if the man pronounces "bastard" in the clipped, faux British way he does because he was directed to do so or if it's because he says it that way in real life. All we care is that he continues to make Jon Snow's life miserable by doing so.

Check out this introductory scene from the pilot episode in which he says "bastard" no fewer than five times.