This year’s Emmy nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actress feature a pair of “Game of Thrones” stars — Kit Harington and two-time champ Peter Dinklage — facing off against Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”). After watching our editors’ slugfest on this race above, you can find links below to each contender’s episode analysis where we dive into their Emmy pros and cons.
After being upset in this race last year, Banks earns his fourth career nomination for playing the character of former cop turned hired gun Mike Ehrmantraut. He’s in the Emmy record books for being nominated in this category for three different series: as Mike on “Better Call Saul” (2015, 2016) and “Breaking Bad” (2013), and as Frank McPike on “Wiseguy” in 1989. Banks has chosen “Bali Ha’i” as his Emmy episode submission this year. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Dinklage is the only member of the vast cast of “Game of Thrones” to have won over Emmy voters, claiming Best Drama Supporting Actor twice (2011, 2015) for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. He contends for the sixth year in a row and has selected the episode “No One” as his Emmy submission. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After six seasons of playing Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” Harington earned his first Emmy nomination this year. One of his rival nominees is co-star Dinklage, who’s clearly an Emmy favorite. However, Harington is a strong contender in the category with his episode submission “Battle of the Bastards.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After scoring his second career nomination for “House of Cards,” can Drama Supporting Actor contender Kelly win the Emmy with his episode submission “Chapter 44?” Kelly plays White House chief of staff Doug Stamper on the Netflix drama, whose unwavering loyalty to President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) leads to often drastic measures. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Can Mendelsohn win his first Emmy for the “Bloodline” season two finale “Part 23?” The actor snagged his second consecutive nomination in this category for playing Danny Rayburn, the perennial black sheep of a prominent Florida keys family who died at the hands of his younger brother, John (Kyle Chandler), at the end of season one. He returns as a ghost haunting his brother and in flashbacks that give insight into his past life. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After being snubbed last year, Voight returns to the Drama Supporting Actor race for “Ray Donovan.” The three-time also ran (Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for “Uprising” in 2002, Movie/Mini Actor for “Pope John Paul II” in 2006, Drama Supporting Actor for “Ray Donovan” in 2014) hopes to have better luck this time around with his Emmy submission, the season opener “Kalamazoo.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
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