Which 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ cast members are up for Emmy consideration? Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington …

Game of Thrones” boasts one of the biggest casts on television, but only eight of the show’s actors are up for consideration at the 2018 Emmys. Two-time winner Peter Dinklage (2011, 2015) is of course back in the running again as adviser Tyrion Lannister, and if he earns a seventh nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actor he’ll become the new record-holder in this category. Who are the other seven “Game of Thrones” cast members that could earn Emmy noms this year?

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For the first time “Game of Thrones” is trying its luck by submitting two stars in lead: Emilia Clarke as Best Drama Actress and Kit Harington as Best Drama Actor. Both performers previously earned bids down in the supporting races for their roles as queen of dragons Daenerys Targaryen (2013, 2015-16) and bastard king Jon Snow (2016), respectively. Will this new strategy of going lead pay off for them?

Joining Dinklage in the race for Best Drama Supporting Actor is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays kingslayer Jaime Lannister. As one of the standout performers since Day 1, it’s a bit strange to learn that he’s never earned an Emmy nomination. With Harington opening up a slot by going lead, might this year be Coster-Waldau’s best shot yet? In our recent interview, Coster-Waldau teased that Season 8 will be, “Surprising. Enormous. Heartbreaking.”

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Three actresses are in the running for Best Drama Supporting Actress: Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark. Headey was previously nominated for her villainous role three times (2014-16), while then-19-year-old Williams received a surprise bid in 2016. Turner has yet to earn a nomination, but Clarke vacating this category could give Turner the boost she needs.

Finally, there’s Dame Diana Rigg. As the feisty Lady Olenna Tyrell, Rigg received three nominations as Best Drama Guest Actress (2013-15) and could very well win this year because of what happens in her submitted episode, “The Queen’s Justice.” SPOILER ALERT! After trading barbs for years, Olenna and Cersei’s epic feud came to an end when Olenna confessed to Jaime that she killed Cersei’s son, Joffrey. Olenna takes poison and then rasps, “Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.”

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