Get in line, buddy!
When the 2014 Emmy nominations were released, and The Walking Dead was left with two technical nominations and nothing for the actors, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) tweeted a thumbs-down photo. It wasn’t hard to decipher what he was trying to say. A lot of fans had hoped Season 4’s character showcases would break TWD’s unlucky streak in terms of getting Emmy attention. Didn't happen.
Norman talked to Mashable about the cast’s lack of nominations. Does that matter to them?
“It’s about the fans, I will say,” Norman said. “But it would be nice to be nominated. We put so much work into this show and the writing is so good and the acting is so good. Do we have anything to complain about? Absolutely not. We love this job and we have a huge fan base, and we’re pumping out some of the best material we’ve ever done right now so the snubs don’t bother us too much to be honest. I would like to see Andy [Andrew Lincoln, Rick Grimes] get nominated. I would like to see Melissa [Melissa McBride, Carol Peletier] get nominated for her episode [Season 4, Episode 14, “The Grove”]. I thought that was a remarkable episode — it was so well-written and directed and I thought she was great in it, as was Chad [Chad Coleman, Tyreese]. I can’t say we don’t come to work with smiles on our face every day and excited about what we’re going to do today because we do. It’s the best job on the planet. We’re not complaining, and I like all those shows that get nominated. I watch them all.”
Yeah, it’s not the end of the world for TWD to not be nominated. It’s still the highest-rated show on TV, with a passionate and loyal fan base. And it does sound like not only a cool job to have but a rewarding one surrounded by co-workers who are like family. It could be a lot worse. But it would still be a lot better if Emmy voters could see past their genre bias and stop nominating the same people and shows over and over again.
Here’s to more great material in Season 5 — whether the Emmys recognize it or not. We recognize it!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.