Which cast member from Game of Thrones is most likely to win an Emmy?

Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site
Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site /

The Game of Thrones cast members have been nominated for nine Emmys this award season. But who will be the winner of an Emmy?

Despite Game of Thrones’ track record for success, there have been very few actors within the cast that have won Emmys for their performances. This comes as a surprise since the series as a whole has managed to be nominated for 160 Emmy awards and brought a good chunk of the wins home. Nonetheless, it’s a startling fact that matters most before the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Maybe it’s the competition or the limited amount of awards that actors are eligible for, but the Game of Thrones cast has received few nominations, to begin with. Diana Riggs has been nominated four times for Outstanding Guest Actress for playing Olenna Tyrell since her character was first introduced and she never won the award. The saddest part is that Tyrell died in the series in the seventh season so Riggs won’t be eligible for awards this year.

Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, and Lena Headey also received nominations. None of them has ever won an Emmy either. However, Peter Dinklage has consistently been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor every single year since the series started. Out of seven Emmy nominations, Dinklage has won the Emmy for supporting actor on three occasions.

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This award season will mark the final time that Game of Thrones will be able to rack up Emmys and it will be for their final season. Surprisingly, three members of the cast had to nominate themselves. The good news is that there are now nine actor cast nominations. We’re crossing our fingers that someone gets the recognition deserved for their impeccable acting.

Even after a season of questionable writing, the actors undeniably put all of their efforts into the parts that they played. Even still, the competition is tough with so many series putting out phenomenal talent and with better stories. Should Game of Thrones’ actors fail to receive the awards they’ve been nominated for it will probably be for the final season’s underwhelming ending.

Season 8 left character arcs in the dust and plotting in the wind to deliver awe instead. In the end, this could hurt the HBO series during the highly competitive award season.

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But of all of the Game of Thrones nominees in 2019, the one that has the greatest advantage is the one that has been consistently nominated all along. The most likely to win out of the Game of Thrones cast is Peter Dinklage for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. Dinklage’s previous wins have proven that the Television Academy recognizes his abilities and could vote him in again.

That’s not to say that we can’t still hope that Clarke, Harrington, and Gwendolyn Christie actually get their turn for their immense contribution to the fantasy series. If we’re lucky, more then one cast member will get to take the gold award home.

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Watch the 71st Primetime Emmys on September 22, 2019, at 8 P.M. ET on Fox