Here's a question you might have never pondered: How does it feel to be the last person someone sees before they die? If it hasn't happened to you, it may have never come to mind. This is not the case for Peter Dinklage who saw a man die right in front of him and talks about the event in the latest issue of Esquire. The story is a sad one, but it's one that will really make you think about how you would react to such an intense moment.
One morning, I was walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. There was this guy on a motorcycle right in front of me — about as far away as that plant, maybe six feet? And he looked at me. He didn't wave, but he looked at me, and then he pulled out into traffic and this car, like, boom — killed him instantly.
It's difficult to imagine this happening and how big of a shock it would've been to someone just going along with the normal activities of their day. The Game of Thrones actor goes on to say,
I was the last person he saw on earth. And I connected with him ... I ran into this coffee shop that I’d been on my way to. They had somebody call an ambulance. And then I ran back outside to be with the guy, but he was already dead ... There was this quiet moment where it was like I was the only person in the world who knew this guy was dead. And I was there looking at him, you know, in those moments of calm after something horrible happens, the calm before the melee starts, before the ambulances and the cops arrive and it becomes a scene. There was that moment when I was with him.
Whew! Dinklage continues and describes the difference between the motorcyclist, who he guesses was around 25, and an older person dying saying that this man was "robbed." It's often said that life is fragile and this situation, which could happen to anyone and which Dinklage beautifully explains, perfectly describes that point.