TV academy members have just a few weeks to watch all of the Emmy episode submissions for the 2018 nominees before final voting takes place August 13-27. Which of this year’s Best Drama Supporting Actor contenders has submitted the strongest episode: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) or Matt Smith (“The Crown”)? You be the judge! Below, we list the nominees’ episode descriptions and provide links for where you can watch the submissions online.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) as Jaime Lannister
Episode: “The Spoils of War“
Airdate: August 6, 2017
Description: Jaime Lannister oversees the pillage of the Reach, including gold and food headed to King’s Landing. He pays Bronn and discusses the death of Olenna. Bronn would like to buy Highgarden castle, but Jaime reminds him that it is a major target of the Targaryen army. Later on, Dany attacks and Jaime faces fear for one of the only times in his life. The episode ends with him sinking into the river.
Watch: HBO GO
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) as Tyrion Lannister
Episode: “The Dragon and the Wolf“
Airdate: August 27, 2017
Description: An epic meeting happens in the dragonpit between the camps for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei (Lena Headey). Tyrion attempts to make opening remarks but is cut off. After much posturing, he goes with Cersei to her chambers to reason with her. She rattles off a list of grievances, and he says that she should just go ahead and kill him now and get it over with.
Watch: HBO GO
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as Commander Fred Waterford
Episode: “First Blood“
Airdate: May 23, 2018
Description: Commander Waterford has a secret visit with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) but she refuses to have sex with him. The Commander oversees the construction ceremony for a new Red Center.
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) as Jim Hopper
Episode: “Chapter Four: Will the Wise“
Airdate: October 27, 2017
Description: Jim Hopper thinks he is seeing a vine in the drawings of Will (Noah Schnapp). He digs a massive hole in a pumpkin patch and discovers a tunnel through the ooze. Hopper is worried about Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) putting herself and the town at risk. She uses her powers in the house, and he takes away her TV.
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) as Saul Berenson
Episode: “Species Jump“
Airdate: March 18, 2018
Description: Saul assembles a three-person team to investigate how a Russian is involved in the massacre in Lucasville. One is an old friend who must be convinced to join them. Saul and Carrie (Claire Danes) meet, and he explains how all the current situations are fitting together but that she must not see Dante anymore. Saul learns much more about online schemes to affect issues.
Watch: Showtime Anytime
Matt Smith (“The Crown”) as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Episode: “Mystery Man“
Airdate: December 8, 2017
Description: Philip must see his doctor after a workout injury. Speculation ramps up that he might be involved in the Profumo Affair. He and Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) have a major fight while staying in Scotland during her latest pregnancy. He then offers an apology of sorts by making her think their marital problems and his infidelity are either imaginary or her fault.
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