Peter Dinklage refers to a popular 'Game of Thrones' theory in Emmys speech and fans are convinced it's a clue

Peter Dinklage refers to a popular 'Game of Thrones' theory in Emmys speech and fans are convinced it's a clue

In case you hadn't heard, Peter Dinklage scooped up his third Emmy Award on Monday night, and every Game of Thrones fan couldn't have been prouder of him.

But our pride soon turned to suspicion when the 49-year-old actor took to the stage to give his acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series....

The speech started off pretty normal, with Dinklage thanking all the right people. "Really, really? 45...44...43" he asked the audience, before going on to thank Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss, for changing his life, joking that he couldn't walk down the street anymore.

"You are honestly the most talented, amazing people I know, besides my wife," he said, noting that he forgot to thank her when he previously won the same category in 2015. "Thank you, Erica, for putting up with me. I’m very temperamental and I love you very much."

But the real kicker for viewers of the unendingly popular fantasy drama show came when Dinklage went to thank co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister.

"Thank you to my brother from another mother, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I love you, and I share this with you, because you are an amazing, handsome brother."

Brother from another mother? Do those words ring any bells? Well, if you were anything like the people of Twitter, you would have immediately jumped to the well-known theory that Dinklage's character Tyrion is a Targaryen, the illegitimate son of Aerys 'The Mad King' Targaryen.

If Tyrion is indeed that Targaryen, Jaime Lannister would be his half-brother. Many viewers are hoping that Tyrion will satisfy the Three-Headed Dragon prophecy that sees one of three Targaryens riding dragons on the battlefield.

Fans immediately noticed that the actor referred to the theory and became convinced it was a clue as to how the last season of the show pans out, taking to social media to express their suspicions.

"Brother from another mother" in simple terms in means "I'm a Targaryen" lol," wrote Twitter user @ninetinexx.  She was joined by @Ellen_256 who put: "So Peter Dinklage just thanked @nikolajcw and said “my brother from another mother.” Coincidence I think not, did he just spoil that Tyrion is a Targaryen... I think yes."

Of course, while the record shows that the actor absolutely did reference his "brother from another mother," common sense also tells us that it's a well-worn phrase and Dinklage could have been referring to his eight-year-long friendship with Coster-Waldau. But, hey, we're Game of Thrones fanatics and any clue we might get about the show's ending, we are going to jump on with no questions asked, right?

The 49-year-old actor - who wrapped up his Emmy speech by thanking "George Martin, for creating this darn thing" - spoke with IndieWire about the final day of filming after accepting his award, admitting it was a hard time for him.

“It was very sad,” he told them while backstage. "This is not only a great TV show to be a part of, but it was an enormous family to be a part of. I was far from home. I live in New York and we shot the show in Europe, so many times I had to stay there and couldn’t go home on the weekends and really developed deep roots in the community of Ireland and some of the other countries we shot in."

So, how long left until we can watch the final season? This waiting is getting tiring.