[WATCH]: ‘Game of Thrones’ recap of ‘The Winds of Winter’: Emmy Award for Lena Headey?

“It looked like the show said ‘season six is going to be the season of the women’” declares Daniel Montgomery in our final “Game of Thrones” recap of the year (watch below). He joins Amanda Spears, Marcus Dixon and myself to break down the big moves and Emmy chances of the season six finale, ‘The Winds of Winter.”

Montgomery gives three examples: “Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) saves the day in ‘The Battle of the Bastards.’ Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) avenges her mother and brother at the end of‘ the finale and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) takes the crown.” As he explains, “it felt like they were saying, ‘We are sorry we’ve punished the women for five seasons. We’re going to give them some kick ass victories here.’ The women were the strongest of the characters and the actors this season.”

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So, which of the women is the likeliest to win an Emmy? Dixon thinks voters should consider Heady in this episode. “She loses a child, then she gets what she wants in the end and becomes Queen. It’s the perfect episode for her. Her performance in the final was brilliant.” Amanda disagrees, harkening back to the eighth episode of the season, “No One,” when noting “the way Maisie Williams handled Jaqen with needle saying ‘A girl is Arya Stark and I’m going home’ was incredible, even though we didn’t get to see her battle.”

I go all the way back to episode four, “Book of the Stranger,” and assert “Emilia Clarke has the best episode. The scene where Daenerys burns down the Dothraki temple is such a powerful moment. It has a strong monologue in a different language.” But, I concede, “in some ways Sophie Turner had the most to do over the course of the entire season.”

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