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Can Clarke and Harington Win Emmy gold As Lead Actors on GOT?


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Game of Thrones has enjoyed many accolades for their work on HBO, and for anyone who has seen the show, it is understandable why that is. Meticulous care, time, and talent is evident on every level of production. Yet, for all their technical awards and recognition, Game of Thrones has had a hard time being recognized for excellence for the work of their actors.

While it is true that Peter Dinklage has won two Emmys for his work, the rest of the cast has gone for the most part overlooked, which in certain seasons has been baffling and disheartening to watch. The last season of Game of Thrones was it’s seventh and second to last season, and the two characters who really were at the core of the season amongst all the moving parts and storylines of the world of Westeros, were Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow as played respectively by Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. In the past, both actors have been submitted in the supporting category for acting, but interestingly enough both actors have been submitted for consideration as leads for season seven.

From one season to the next Game of Thrones built the anticipation and emotion for certain storylines, all of which saw the light of day during season seven.

Season seven as a whole gave the cast much to work with in terms of acting and depth because for years some of the biggest characters in the world of Game of Thrones had yet to interact. Prior to season seven, this left much to the imagination of “what will happen” when so and so meet or when this and that happens. Season seven essentially put fans’ imagination to rest and delivered handsomely with scenes that were shocking, multi-layered, and touching, especially for the characters played by Clarke and Harington.

So is Clarke and Harington’s submission to the Emmy’s as leads for season seven wise when they have never won in the supporting categories?

In the past, Clarke and Harington may have never won an Emmy for their work on Game of Thrones because before there were simply too many storylines and too many characters to follow thus not giving either enough screen time to cement a win in the eyes of voters. While it is true that season seven gave Clarke and Harington more screen time than before, it will be interesting to see how they stack up against the other lead nominees, or will fate repeat itself once more.

As a fan of Game of Thrones and one who feels both actors should have already won an Emmy for their work on Game of Thrones, I can’t help but be slightly worried that they may be giving up an extremely strong chance of winning as supporting actors in favor of being in the lead categories. The stakes are raised even further remembering that this is both actors second to last chance to ever win Emmys for their iconic roles, as the series is slated to end after the next season.

But, if Game of Thrones has taught us anything it is the value of honesty and integrity no matter the cost, and although Clarke and Harington may have better odds at winning Emmy’s as supporting actors, season seven in all honesty was lead by Clarke and Harington, so submitting them in the supporting categories just wouldn’t be right.

Somewhere, in the hereafter, Eddard Stark would approve.

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