In this week’s “Game of Thrones” slugfest (watch above) Amanda Spears and I delve into the past two episodes of this reigning Emmy Drama Series champ, unpacking both this week’s seventh installment, “The Broken Man,” and last week’s “Blood of My Blood.” The episodes saw the surprise returns of fan favorites Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann).
And there were political moves made in King’s Landing as well. Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) seemingly switched her allegiance to the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) thereby leaving her grandmother (Diana Rigg) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) out of power in the capitol.
Amanda asserts, “The High Sparrow has played King’s Landing perfectly and this is where people will kill for anything and are experienced at manipulation. He has outplayed them.” However, “I just don’t know if he is completely playing Margaery or getting played by Margaery.” Amanda responds, “Margaery sneaks her grandmother a picture of the rose, she is saying ‘it’s going to be ok.’ She’s playing them.”
This storyline has provided great material that would serve the actors well at the Emmys For Amanda, “Pryce has been a real standout this season. He’s cast his web. The sixth episode, where he faces the army has been his strongest.” Whereas I think “the seventh episode was a really strong one for Dormer. She should be in the discussion for the Emmys this year. It’s her best episode so far. She has a long scene with Pryce and a long scene with Rigg.”
Diana Rigg, who has been nominated as Best Drama Guest Actress for the past three years running, may have the best chance of winning. Amanda asserts, “she has at least two really long scenes in the seventh episode. One where she’s begging her granddaughter and then another where she lays into Cersei.”
What do you think? Who has had the best Emmy game the past two weeks? Post your comments below and then join the discussion in our feisty “Game of Thrones” forum with other fans.
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