Credit: HBO

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will be looking for his second Best Supporting Actor win at the Emmy Awards this weekend, and we can’t think of one good reason why he shouldn’t come out victorious.

Dinklage already won the award for playing Tyrion two years ago, for his work in Season 1 of  HBO’s epic fantasy. He was also nominated last year for his Season 2 performance, but lost out to Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (he plays Jesse Pinkman, bitch!). While Tyrion didn’t have as much to do in Season 3 compared to last year, that just made Dinklage’s limited time on screen all the more memorable.

Season 2 of GoT was essentially Tyrion’s year, where he became Hand and the show, at times, seemed to be all about Tyrion. This may have worked against Dinklage in the minds of Emmy voters, since he was up for Best Supporting Actor when he was really playing what was essentially the show’s lead. That shouldn’t be a problem this year, since Tyrion’s role was reduced as he faced mounting adversity.

Season 3 saw Tyrion face off against his father, Tywin, in a heart-wrenching scene where Tyrion only wants what he feels he deserves for his role in saving the kingdom back in Season 2. His father tells him that he deserves no reward, and that he’s lucky to even be alive since his father wanted to kill him as soon as he was born. Dinklage conveys the both the courage it took Tyrion to confront his father and the despair he felt after doing so with such believability that the scene ended up being difficult to watch in a good way.

Dinklage also got to play drunk Tyrion this season, which was amazing. Tyrion’s marriage to Sansa allowed him to stumble around and make poorly advised jokes, and his act was convincing enough to make the viewer believe there was more than just grape juice in his goblet. His performance in their wedding night scene, which potentially could have been extremely creepy if not handled well, ended up being almost heartwarming, and endeared Tyrion to us in a whole new way. Who knew refusing to consummate a marriage could be so nice?

Dinklage will face some stiff competition at the Emmys, including another stellar performance from Aaron Paul, but we think that he did just enough this season to get back to his winning ways.

Do you think Peter Dinklage deserves the Emmy, or should it go to someone else? Sound off in the comments below!