Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey have all been nominated for Emmys this year for their performances as Tyrion, Jaime and Cersei Lannister, respectively. Their nominations are a just reward for a trio of acting masterclasses – Dinklage was at his usual best, picking up his seventh bid for the role, while Coster-Waldau executed the brilliant story arc of Jaime with an emotional wallop. Headey, meanwhile, simply lit up the screen every scene she was – devouring every line with delicious malice as Cersei.
But Westeros is packed full of families and siblings, all portrayed by one marvelous actor or actress or another. Are the Lannister trio the most deserving of their Emmy success? Or is there another pair or collection of “Game of Thrones” siblings who deserved to be rewarded and never were? Here are three sets of siblings who deserved more awards success than they ever got.
Stannis, Robert & Renly Baratheon
The Baratheon brothers were an integral part of the show right up until Stannis’ death at the hand of Brienne of Tarth in season five. Stannis was played by Stephen Dillane, who reportedly did not enjoy his time on “Game of Thrones.” But this distant, disengaged attitude of just getting on with it and doing his duty was perfect for the character of Stannis and translated to an accurate portrayal of the middle Baratheon brother – he could’ve earned himself a Best Drama Supporting Actor nod.
Renly, the youngest of the trio, didn’t have much of a chance to shine (though he did get one of the greatest worst insults ever – “born amidst salt and smoke, is he a ham?”) so Gethin Antony would have had to hope for a Best Drama Guest Actor nod in series two before his character’s untimely death.
Mark Addy, however, can consider himself very unlucky to not have picked up a Best Drama Supporting Actor nomination in series one for his loud, boisterous portrayal of King Robert Baratheon. His booming, biting delivery of each line was perfect for the bombastic King. He left a huge mark on the show in terms of performance his vital character’s death is still sending ripples right up till the latest of this seven season show.
Sansa, Arya, Robb & Bran Stark
Sansa, played by Sophie Turner, and Arya, played by Maisie Williams, have already been nominated for Emmys – both for Best DramaSupporting Actress in season six. But that’s only one bid apiece – the two actresses deserved some recognition for their sterling work in series seven. Turner’s cutting, cunning turn as Sansa and Williams’ murderous, darkly-comic portrayal were great and the two played off each other so well. They can count themselves unlucky considering how little attention they’ve been given for their work.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright probably won’t be too surprised at the fact that he hasn’t been nominated for his performance as Bran – the character doesn’t really allow for an Emmy-worthy performance, despite being one of the most important characters in the show.
Richard Madden, on the other hand, could understandably begrudge not being given more awards attention considering a) the importance of Robb Stark as a character and b) his deft, natural performance as a King in the North forced into the position. His character’s iconic death at the Red Wedding at the end of season three would have been the ideal chance to reward Madden for his work on the show..
Catelyn & Lysa Tully
Kate Dickie portrayed Lysa Tully quite brilliantly – just one of a smattering of background characters whose actors nailed their character perfectly and left a distinct mark far greater than the size of their role in the show. Her rank hysteria and madness were uneasy to watch, just as they should’ve been, and reached a pinnacle in season four before her timely death at the hands of her lover, Petyr Baelish. That could’ve been the chance to give Dickie a deserved Best Drama Guest Actress nomination, but alas, it was not meant to be.
Michelle Fairley, however, should have been nominated for a Best Drama Supporting Actress Emmy for each of the three seasons she appeared in, plain and simple. In fact, she deserved to win at least once. Her emotional, intense, pained portrayal of a woman continuing the fight long after deep personal loss, is one of the highlights of the show. Fellow cast members such as Coster-Waldau and Headey (Jaime and Cersei Lannister) have called Fairley a role model and icon, and state their support of the opinion that Fairley’s acting was some of the very best seen in the show. A true shame she was never recognized.
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