When Emmy voters open up the performers ballot, released on Monday, they’ll find a few more “Game of Thrones” stars in contention than previously announced. Five “Game of Thrones” actors have been entered, likely by their personal reps, on the nominating ballot in addition to the show’s core seven stars — Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner — that HBO had already submitted and shared with Gold Derby in April.
The five are Alfie Allen, Pilou Asbaek, Richard Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and Carice van Houten. Allen, Asbaek and Dormer are submitted in Best Drama Supporting Actor, alongside three-time champ Dinklage and Coster-Waldau, who received his first bid last year. Christie is in drama supporting actress with four-time nominee Headey, past nominee Williams and Turner. Van Houten is seeking her first (and last) nomination in drama guest actress. Harington and Clarke are the only lead pushes for the show, and there is no drama supporting actor contender.
Now the question is, can any of these five actually get in? Emmy voters have only nominated the main stars so far (Turner is the only one of the seven yet to receive a bid), so they’re definitely the “priority,” if you will, and understandably so. But if any of this quintet could make the cut for the final season of the three-time Best Drama Series champ, it might be Christie and Van Houten.
Christie’s hardest job is getting the nomination because she already has a perfect episode submission (as much as those matter these days) with the second episode of the season, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” in which her character, Brienne, gets knighted by Jaime (Coster-Waldau) in one of the best and most poignant moments of the entire series. Christie turned in one of her finest performances, conveying a flurry of emotions just in her face as Brienne sees her lifelong dream once thought impossible — you know, because she’s a woman — realized. (Written by Bryan Cogman, the episode, unfortunately, was not submitted in writing; the polarizing series finale, penned by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is the show’s lone writing submission.)
As for Van Houten, she made a surprising appearance as the Red Woman, Melisandre, in the third episode, “The Long Night,” aka the Battle of Winterfell, to help Arya (Williams) fulfill her prophecy to shut many eyes, like the Night King’s blue peekers. After Arya kills the Night King, Melisandre dies and turns into dust, her purpose complete. Despite its sprawling cast, “Game of Thrones” hasn’t had much success in the guest categories, yielding just five nominations between Diana Rigg and Max von Sydow. But the guest categories are always unpredictable enough that anybody can get in — and all the better if you make an unexpected return in one of biggest (literally) episodes of the TV season.
Emmy voting started Monday and goes through Monday, June 24.
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