Last chance is the best chance for Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. After six seasons of submitting in supporting with four Emmy bids between them, the “Game of Thrones” stars were snubbed when they went lead last year, but 61 percent of our readers believe the duo will make the cut this time around for the eighth and final season.
Things are definitely breaking their way. The drama field is depleted, thanks to multiple shows sitting out the cycle. The Best Drama Actress race only has one eligible returning nominee, Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) from last year; the other five, champ Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”), are bypassing this Emmys or their show is done.
Clarke also got a windfall last week after Netflix confirmed that Season 3 of “The Crown” won’t return by the May 31 eligibility deadline. Olivia Colman, who’s taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Foy, had been in first place in our early odds, with Clarke in seventh, but now that she’s out, Clarke has moved up to sixth. Oh is now the No. 1 pick, followed by Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”), Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) and Clarke.
Unlike Clarke, Harington was and still is in our predicted Best Drama Actor nominees, in the sixth spot. Three of last year’s nominee’s, winner Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), and “Westworld” stars Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright, are MIA. Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), and “This Is Us” stars Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, are expected to return in our odds, as is Bob Odenkirk, who was absent last year because “Better Call Saul” didn’t premiere in time. The other slot is predicted to go to Golden Globe champ Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”).
But it might be all or nothing with Clarke or Harington: 20 percent of readers don’t think either will make the cut. Clarke has the likes of Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) and former champ Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) on her tail, while Harington has to hold off Brian Cox (“Succession”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”).
Only 12 percent think Harington will make it in without Clarke, and just 7 percent feel Clarke can do it sans Harington.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.