Game of Thrones Season 3 was honored with 16 Emmy nominations, but winning the big categories is still an uphill battle for a show that has to fight against not just strong competitors, but also the Academy's notorious anti-genre bias. Clearly, putting its best foot forward is key for Game of Thrones, and that means selecting the right episodes for consideration.
For those who don't know how the Emmys work, once nominees are selected, they submit specific episodes for consideration. For the Best Series categories, producers have six episodes to showcase their show; for acting categories, each actor gets only one. Gold Derby has the rundown of what episodes Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke are bringing to the battle.
For Best Drama Series, Game of Thrones focused on the latter half of the season, submitting Episodes 4: "And Now His Watch Is Ended," 5: "Kissed by Fire," 7: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," 8: "Second Sons," 9: "The Rains of Castamere," and 10: "Mhysa."
While we weren't huge fans of "Mhysa" as compared to some of the other episodes this season, these choices generally seem strong. They're all good episodes, and together they should give a solid overall impression of the season and its arc.
As for the acting categories, Peter Dinklage went with "Second Sons," the episode that featured Tyrion's unfortunate wedding to Sansa. It's definitely the right choice; Peter was front and center in the episode, and got to show off his range, playing everything from tender to humiliated to pissed off; plus he got some damned fine comedy in there along with the moving dramatic moments.
Even less surprising is Emilia submitting "And Now His Watch Is Ended," which is, of course, the episode where Dany burned Astapor to the ground. That last scene will certainly leave a big impression in the voters' minds!
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Source: Gold Derby
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