Gold Derby Emmy MVP: Maisie Williams kills competition on ‘Game of Thrones’

If there was an Emmy award for Best Revenge Killer, young Arya Stark would have our votes. The more people Maisie Williams‘ character murders on “Game of Thrones,” the more we seem to love her.

Hmm, does that make us unstable?

Now that “Game of Thrones” is back in action on HBO — it premiered to blockbuster ratings Sunday night and earned itself a two-year renewal deal in the process — this seems like the perfect time to launch into a new regular feature, Gold Derby Emmy MVP.

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If Gold Derby Emmy MVP had been around in the past, you would have seen us go head-over-heels for Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), William B. Davis (“The X-Files”), Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) and, most recently, John Noble (“Fringe“).

Those deserving folks were all skunked by the Emmys, and the wounds still sting. Our fingers are crossed that Maisie Williams doesn’t fall into the same trap.

In the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere titled “Two Swords,” Williams gives a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-her performance in which Arya exacts revenge on the man who killed her friend and stole her sword. This marks the second person she’s murdered on the show in the name of honoring the memories of her many fallen comrades.

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Think of Arya as the TV version of Uma Thurman from “Kill Bill.” She’ll do anything and kill anyone in the name of revenge. The only difference is that Arya is still a pre-teen!

Does Williams actually have a shot at earning an Emmy nomination? Let’s analyze the pros and cons of our inaugural Gold Derby Emmy MVP.


Williams plays one of the most recognizable and beloved characters from the massive cast;

Last year’s acting nominations for Emilia Clarke and Diana Rigg proved that women can be nominated for this male-dominated series;

Voters will feel empathy for her orphaned character who’s settling scores; and

The Drama Supporting Actress race is due for a shake-up, especially this year with no strong contenders from any new shows gaining much buzz.


The Emmys hate kids! (Don’t believe us? Take a peek at our photo gallery below for proof.);

No Starks have ever been nominated, not even the dearly departed Sean Bean or Michelle Fairley;

Williams doesn’t show a lot of range as Arya, as her character is mostly stoic and silent; and

Screen time could be an issue, especially with dozens of other characters all clamoring for attention.

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