Emilia Clarke just wrapped shooting on the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones.” To commemorate this milestone, she posted a heartfelt message on Instagram (see below). The winsome actress has reaped three Emmy nominations for playing the crusading Daenerys Targaryen but has yet to prevail. All three of those bids were for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013, 2015-2016).
She has shifted her strategy at this year’s Emmys, submitting herself in lead for the first time. The actress’ rationale for this upgrade is that her character’s role on the HBO fantasy series has expanded. As Dany is moving much closer to the Iron Throne, Clarke is hoping that she will be crowned queen of the Emmys.
While TV academy voters have loved the show as a whole and many of its component parts (it has claimed a record 38 Emmys to date), the actors branch has been stingy with wins. Though the cast has racked up a whopping 18 nominations over the first six seasons, only one actor has ever won (Peter Dinklage took home the Best Drama Supporting Actor trophy in both 2011 and 2015.)
Clarke could well be doing more than just herself a favor with this bold decision. She will no longer be siphoning votes away from co-stars Lena Headey and Maisie Williams (who were also Best Draam Supporting Actress nominees in 2016).
Do you think this will be a winning move by Clarke? Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how she is faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12.