Emmy Experts say Diana Rigg (‘Game of Thrones’) will finally win for playing Olenna Tyrell thanks to memorable death scene

Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts from major media outlets are nearly unanimous in predicting that Diana Rigg will finally win Best Drama Guest Actress for her stand-out role of Olenna Tyrell on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” This is Rigg’s fourth nomination for playing the fan-favorite character and she has yet to win, so why now? No doubt our awards pundits are convinced that Rigg’s memorable death scene in “The Queen’s Justice” will help push her over the edge.

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Over the years many actors have won Emmys for dying on-screen, including such memorable performances as Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages” in 2008), Drea de Matteo (“The Sopranos” in 2004) and Peter Boyle (“The X-Files” in 1996). That’s likely why our Experts think Rigg has a real shot this year to claim Emmy gold for playing the so-called Queen of Thorns. This would be Rigg’s second career Emmy victory after prevailing for “Rebecca” (1997)

In case you’ve been living in a dragon cave for the past year, “The Queen’s Justice” ended with a deadly face-off between Olenna and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in her castle. Knowing that her time was up, she calmly asked how she would be killed and Jaime said that he convinced Cersei (Lena Headey) that he’d give her a dignified death via poisoning. Olenna quickly swallowed the poison before revealing that she was the person who’d murdered Cersei and Jaime’s son Joffrey years ago. “I want her to know it was me,” she grinned before she fell dead.

Olenna’s death scene ended up being one of the most talked about moments of “Game of Thrones” Season 7. As one of the show’s most beloved characters, fans hated to see Olenna go, but the acid-tongued way in which she went out incited cheers around the world. All of the actors cited in that scene — Rigg, Coster-Waldau and Headey — scored Emmy bids, helping “Game of Thrones” lead all shows at the 2018 Emmys with 22 nominations.

Rigg’s co-nominees this year for Best Drama Guest Actress are Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Viola Davis (“Scandal”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). See more Creative Arts Emmy odds and rankings.

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