Epic fantasy series Game of Thrones leads in the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with 24 nominations, including the two controversial episodes of season five, and HBO leads in having the most network nominations with 126, including “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.”
“Game of Thrones” is nominated for outstanding drama series along with PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” Netflix’s “House of Cards,” to mention a few. But none from “Game of Thrones” got a nomination for either outstanding lead actor or actress in a drama, although Peter Dinklage has been nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, together with Ben Mendelsohn in Netflix’s “Bloodline,” Jim Carter in PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” Jonathan Banks in AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Alan Cumming in CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
Game of Thrones’ “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” got a nomination for best direction and its “Mother’s Mercy” was nominated for best writing and best direction. It can be recalled that these two episodes received the most criticisms from fans, saying they were done with the show.
Questions also rose as to why nominations are given to shows or episodes exposing women to abuse, as what happened to the character Sansa in “Unbowed, Unbent, Ubroken.”
But Andy Greenwald shed light on this wise as quoted by Grantland: “Sansa’s anguished screaming as she was violently assaulted by her new husband was hideous, full stop. But it was almost worse the way Jeremy Podeswa’s camera lingered on Alfie Allen’s tear-filled eyes, as if his violation was somehow equal to Sansa’s; as if this disgusting act was somehow part of Theon’s long and ugly path to redemption, not brutal and unwarranted violation.”
Meanwhile, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey each received a nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series; and Diana Rigg was nominated for outstanding guest actress in a drama series.