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Now that “Game of Thrones” is back in action on HBO — it premiered to blockbuster ratings Sunday night and earned itself a two-year renewal deal in the process — this seems like the perfect time to launch into a new regular feature, Gold Derby Emmy MVP.
The Emmys are far from perfect. In fact, some people argue that the TV academy gets more wrong than they get right. That’s why it’s our job to help steer Emmy voters in the right direction.
Throughout the TV season we’ll be recognizing underrated performers from your favorite TV series in the hopes of bringing them extra Emmy attention.
If Gold Derby Emmy MVP had been around in the past, you would have seen us go head-over-heels for Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), William B. Davis (“The X-Files”), Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) and, most recently, John Noble (“Fringe“).
Those deserving folks were all skunked by the Emmys, and the wounds still sting. Our fingers are crossed that Maisie Williams doesn’t fall into the same trap.
In the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere titled “Two Swords,” Williams gives a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-her performance in which Arya exacts revenge on the man who killed her friend and stole her sword. This marks the second person she’s murdered on the show in the name of honoring the memories of her many fallen comrades.
Think of Arya as the TV version of Uma Thurman from “Kill Bill.” She’ll do anything and kill anyone in the name of revenge. The only difference is that Arya is still a pre-teen!
Does Williams actually have a shot at earning an Emmy nomination? Let’s analyze the pros and cons of our inaugural Gold Derby Emmy MVP.
Williams plays one of the most recognizable and beloved characters from the massive cast;
Voters will feel empathy for her orphaned character who’s settling scores; and
The Drama Supporting Actress race is due for a shake-up, especially this year with no strong contenders from any new shows gaining much buzz.
The Emmys hate kids! (Don’t believe us? Take a peek at our photo gallery below for proof.);
Williams doesn’t show a lot of range as Arya, as her character is mostly stoic and silent; and
Screen time could be an issue, especially with dozens of other characters all clamoring for attention.
Do you think Williams can pull off an Emmy upset?
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