“Game of Thrones” scene-stealer Peter Dinklage already has one Emmy on his mantel (Best Drama Supporting Actor, 2011), but what episode from the just-concluded fourth season of the HBO fantasy epic has the best shot of earning him a bookend trophy? According to our notorious Gold Derby forums, Dinklage has two knock-out episodes from which to choose: “The Laws of Gods and Men” and this week’s finale “The Children.” (Vote in our poll below.)
Emmy voting is currently underway, so help Dinklage pick the right episode to submit to TV Academy judges. Or, if you think there’s another episode that’s even better, let us know in the comments section.
Below, we break down the pros and cons of each of these episodes as a potential Emmy winner.
“The Laws of Gods and Men” (Episode 4.06)
Synopsis: Despite his innocence, Tyrion is on trial for the murder of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and everyone seems to be rooting for him to be found guilty, even his own sister Cersei (Lena Headey). The episode concludes with Tyrion giving a passionate, heartfelt speech about how he’s really on trial for being a dwarf and then he demands a trial by combat.
Standout scene: That speech. It was tailer-made for Emmy judges and reminded us of the classic James Spader end-of-episode speeches that won him three Emmys for playing lawyer Alan Shore on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.”
Analysis: “Game of Thrones” rarely focuses on a single character as much as they did Tyrion this season, and particularly this episode. It’s a killer episode submission and it doesn’t hurt that after the episode aired, people were shouting “Emmy!” from here all the way to Westeros.
“The Children” (Episode 4.10)
Synopsis: In the season finale, Tyrion is freed from his holding cell by his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) before his sentence of execution can be carried out. He then goes on an emotional killing spree, taking out two of the people that wronged him the most.
Standout scene: Some would say Tyrion killing his father Tywin (Charles Dance) was the ace moment, but they’d be wrong. Tyrion choking the life out of his former love Shae (Sibel Kekilli), then tearfully apologizing to her corpse, is what Emmy voters live for.
Analysis: Uh-oh: Dinklage doesn’t appear until around the 50 minute mark of this massive season finale. That could hurt his chances if Emmy voters don’t watch the entire episode submission. But if/when they do get to his vengeful scenes at the end, there’s really no denying that Dinklage deserves Emmy #2.
Dinklage currently ranks second to win Best Drama Supporting Actor with odds of 10/3 behind only Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“) who has odds of 2/1. They are followed by Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan“) at 8/1, Josh Charles (“The Good Wife“) with 9/1 odds, Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) at 10/1 and Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland“) with odds of 12/1.
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