Unlikely TV sex symbols 0
Tyrion Lannister as a sex god? Sure, why not? Peter Dinklage joins Hugh Laurie, Tina Fey, Ron Perlman, Terry O'Quinn, Elizabeth Moss and Hank Hill as some of our faves.
As Game of Thrones wrapped up its first season last year, fans of the show - at least, those who hadn't read the books on which it's based - were aghast when noble lord Ned Stark (Sean Bean) met an untimely demise at the end of an executioner's axe.
How, we wondered, does a show move past the death of its main character? How could the series continue without him?
With a little help from Tyrion Lannister. Pun intended.
We discovered the four-foot-five Peter Dinklage was a great actor back when he starred in 2003's The Station Agent, and he deservedly won an Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion on Game of Thrones.
But as the series heads into its second season finale on Sunday, we can't help but note how Tyrion has emerged as show's head and heart, becoming both a capable leader and caring lover to his hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold, Shae. Judging from the video tributes and fansites popping up online, he's even something of a sex symbol. (And don't worry about the events of last week's episode. Chicks dig scars.)
Tyrion Lannister as a sex god? Sure, why not? He joins an illustrious list of other unlikely TV sex symbols. Here are a few of our faves.
Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), House
Smart, cranky and thoroughly broken, House's blend of gruffness and brains has caused irregular heartbeats in many fans, even if he's not exactly the Hollywood vision of a TV hunk.
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock
Tina Fey herself is a no-brainer as a sex symbol - whip-smart, crazy funny and easy on the eyes. Liz Lemon though? She's a bad dresser and deeply neurotic, but somehow these traits make her more desirable, not less.
Vincent (Ron Perlman), Beauty and the Beast
The man-beast living in the tunnels below Manhattan had many a female viewer swooning during the show's run during the late '80s. Was it because Vincent was so noble? Or just that he looked like a cat?
Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), How I Met Your Mother
Schlubby Jason Segel may not have chiselled abs (as we all know from that infamous scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), but as HIMYM's Marshall he's funny, quirky, and utterly devoted to wife Lily (Alyson Hannigan).
John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Lost
In a series rife with handsome dudes (like Matthew Fox's Jack and Josh Holloway's Sawyer), the older, gruffer Locke had his own devoted following. A combination of conviction and the bald head, no doubt.
Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Mad Men
Despite being surrounded by preening secretaries - or maybe because of that - the frumpy, awkward Peggy is the Mad Men woman who has always interested us, with her brains, ambition and girl-next-door sexiness.
Hank Hill (voiced by Mike Judge), King of the Hill
I tell you what, there's a lot to be said be said for a man who is as dependable, devoted and moral as Hank Hill. It's enough to make you overlook the beer gut and the obsession with propane.