The star hosts SNL this week

Credit: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty

Peter Dinklage knows what he’s looking forward to about hosting Saturday Night Live this week – musical guest Gwen Stefani.

In his SNL promos, the Game of Thrones star has Cecily Strong (almost) swooning for him – when she thinks he’s about to pay her a compliment. Strong says that the flags outside of 30 Rock are “beautiful,” and he takes her hand.

“You know what. They’re almost as beautiful as Gwen Stefani. She is so fine,” says Dinklage, as Strong looks disappointed. “And she’s been like fine since the ’90s. No doubt.”

Dinklage, 46, also tries out a few variations of his the Game of Thrones catchphrase “winter is coming,” and learns “autumn is coming” doesn’t have quite the same ring.

“My vote is still for winter. I think winter is scarier” says Strong.

Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays (11:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.