In this week’s Gold Derby “Game of Thrones” slugfest (watch above) Marcus Dixon, Amanda Spears and I unpack Emilia Clarke’s performance in “Book of the Stranger,” the fourth episode of this sixth season. At the epic end to the episode, her character, Daenerys, burns down a temple that is full of Khals and emerges from the flames to lead the Dothraki people.
I contend that “Emilia Clarke is well and truly in this Best Supporting Actress Emmy race now. I would argue she is the first actor from the show to have a legitimately solid tape to submit to Emmy judges.” Amanda agrees: “She knows how to play it. She’s a very smart person who doesn’t need people to come and save her. She figured it out. She executed it perfectly. And now she’s got a bigger group of Dothraki following her. Emilia Clarke has her Emmy episode.” And Marcus unpacks the performance by noting, “It’s the best she’s ever been. As a character she’s so strong in this episode. She’s speaking English and she’s speaking Dokrathi. It was a great episode. This is a callback to when she freed the slaves in season three.”
But will she finally win the Emmy after two losses? I think so as “this is her best episode in the show since season one. She’s now got a tape to submit, she got nominated last year, her stock is on the rise and ‘Game of Thrones’ won Best Drama Series last year. At this point I think Emilia Clarke is positioned to win the Emmy.” However, Amanda thinks “probably no. With Christine Baranski (‘The Good Wife’), Uzo Aduba (‘Orange is the New Black’) and potentially Maggie Smith (‘Downton Abbey’) coming back it’s gonna be too hard for her to win this year.”
What do you think? Will this be the year Clarke prevails? Post your comments below and then join the discussion in our feisty “Game of Thrones” forum discussion with other fans.