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 Actress contenders has submitted the strongest episode: Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) or Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)? You be the judge! Below, we list the nominees’ episode descriptions and provide links for where you can watch the submissions online.
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as Emily/Ofsteven
Airdate: April 25, 2018
Description: Emily is taken to the Colonies as a disobedient woman and tries to help the sick “unwomen” who are working there. She seemingly befriends a commander’s wife but causes her to die. She and Sylvia want to emigrate to Canada but are denied since same-sex marriage is not recognized.
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) as Eleven
Episode: “Chapter Three: The Pollywog“
Airdate: October 27, 2017
Description: Eleven is growing increasingly impatient with Jim Hopper (David Harbour) for not allowing her to leave the cabin. Flashbacks show the time when he was leaving food out for her and how they moved into the cabin. She defies her orders and heads over to the school to see Mike (Finn Wolfhard). She is jealous seeing Mike with Max and uses her powers.
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as Aunt Lydia
Airdate: April 25, 2018
Description: Aunt Lydia is livid over the insubordination of the handmaids, telling them they will not be killed at this moment but things could change quickly. While quoting Scriptures she later makes the women hold out rocks while in the rain as a cruel punishment. June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) rebels against her offer of food. Lydia drags a handmaid into the kitchen, chains her hand to the stove and sets it on fire.
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) as Cersei Lannister
Episode: “The Dragon and the Wolf“
Airdate: August 27, 2017
Description: Cersei and her team meet with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her team in the Dragonpit. The entrance visibly shakes Cersei, who says she will consider a truce if sides aren’t chosen between the two queens. She wants Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as an ally but he is committed to Daenerys. After storming off from the meeting, she later discusses all their “suffering for nothing” if things don’t progress in the right way.
Watch: HBO GO
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) as Princess Margaret
Airdate: December 8, 2017
Description: Princess Margaret sulks at a friend’s wedding before reluctantly accepting a marriage proposal from Billy Wallace. Before the engagement is announced, he gets injured and informs her that he has been unfaithful. She later meets photographer Tony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode) at a dinner party. The duo hits it off romantically, and he takes her home on a motorbike.
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) as Maeve Millay
Episode: “Akane no Mai“
Airdate: May 20, 2018
Description: Westworld host Maeve is captured and taken into Shogun World. She is warned that this fictional place is even more extreme than her own. Many of the hosts have doppelgangers there, including Maeve by the geisha Akane, who kills a local emissary. Maeve convinces her to escape into the underground network. Akane’s daughter Sakura is killed, so she in turn kills the shogun murderer.
Watch: HBO GO
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as Serena Joy Waterford
Episode: “Women’s Work“
Airdate: June 6, 2018
Description: Serena and June (Elisabeth Moss) are writing in the study and actually getting along. She gets permission from her husband Fred (Joseph Fiennes) to allow a woman doctor admission to the hospital. The sick baby is going to die, and Serena allows the mother to see the baby one last time. Fred is angry with Serena for forging his name on documents, so he beats her.
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