Emmy Episode Analysis: Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) wishes death upon his kingdom

Peter Dinklage is once again nominated at the Emmys for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He has been nodded all four seasons as Best Drama Supporting Actor, winning his first time out in 2011 for the episode “Baelor.”

SYNOPSIS: Dinklage has chosen “The Laws of Gods and Men” as his episode submission to the Emmy voters. In this installment, Tyrion is put on trial for murdering King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) during the king’s wedding reception earlier in the season.

His brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) brings him from the dungeon to the throne room. The council for the case then hears testimony from the witnesses. Ser Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie) recalls Tyrion berating Joffrey during battle. Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) reads off the list of poisons used to kill Joffrey and identifies the necklace of Tyrion’s wife, Sansa Stark, as being the method used to place the poison. Queen Regent Cersei (Emmy nominee Lena Headey) recalls Tyrion threatening her after her discovering him keeping a whore.

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Tyrion attempts to state the obvious, that all these people are omitting key details of these events, including Joffrey’s own actions, but is shot down by the council. After Varys (Conleth Hill) recalls a confrontation between Tyrion and Joffrey, Tyrion is granted one question. He asks Varys if he has forgotten how he said it was really Tyrion who had saved King’s Landing during the Battle of Blackwater. Varys replies that he never forgets anything.

Seeing that the trial is a complete sham, Jaime talks to offer his father a deal in exchange for Tyrion’s life. After the conversation Jaime visits Tyrion in the dungeon and informs him that even though he will most likely be found guilty, that their father will spare his life and allow him to join the Knight’s Watch. Tyrion is hesitant to believe it since Ned Stark (Sean Bean) had been promised the same bargain (back in the first season).

At the second part of his trial, Tyrion is dismayed that the final witness is his former lover, Shae (Sibel Kekilli). She lies that Tyrion had captured and forced her to become his whore and that Tyrion and Sansa both conspired together to poison Joffrey.

Unable to stand it any longer, Tyrion says he wishes to confess. He states that he should have let Stannis Baratheon kill them all and that he is really on trial for being the dwarf that his family is ashamed of. He bellows at Cersei that even though he did not kill Joffrey, he wishes that he had and the episode ends with Tyrion requesting a trial by combat.

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Will this be good enough to win Dinklage another Emmy? Here are the pros and cons of his episode choice:


Emmy voters love speeches and Dinklage gives an amazing one as he rages against the kingdom that he once helped save.

“Game of Thrones” received the most nominations of any program this year (19) and has broad support from many branches of the TV Academy.

Dinklage’s previous win shows that Emmy voters have the capacity to reward a genre show and overcome the disadvantage that usually handicaps them.


However, that was three years ago and since then, “Game of Thrones” has only won technical awards and nothing during the main telecast.

Dinklage doesn’t come on screen until 40 minutes into the episode. That is twice as long as the amount of time voters had to wait to see him in his winning episode in 2011.

If the panel is made up of voters who aren’t regular watchers of “Game of Thrones,” they may have a hard time understanding the story and may even be turned off by having to watch 40 minutes of material they don’t even get.

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Dinklage is currently in second place at Gold Derby with odds of 4/1. Do you think Dinklage can triumph again in this category or do you have a different point of view? Make your predictions below.

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