Fans know the upcoming award season will result in a big haul for Game of Thrones. Other drama series literally rescheduled themselves to take the hit of a year off between Emmy nominations rather than go up against it. The series is already a record-breaker in the Emmys, both in the sheer number of nominations and wins. But no one expected 32 nominations for the final season of the show. That being said, fans are never satisfied, and these Game Of Thrones 2019 Emmy snubs are going to bother people greatly.
Before I get to the snubs, let's look at who did get recognized, because the list is long. Both Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke got Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. The show dominated in the Supporting category with four out of the six Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series slots going to Sophie Turner, Lena Heady, Gwendoline Christie, and Maisie Williams. It also walked off with three Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nods for Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, and Peter Dinklage. Plus Carice Van Houten got Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series as well.
It got three Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Episode 3 ("The Long Night"), Episode 4 ("The Last of the Starks"), and Episode 6 ("The Iron Throne"). And of course, it got Outstanding Drama Series overall.
So who got overlooked?
1. Nathalie Emmanuel for Missandei
The Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series was full, but Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series was not. Why wasn't Emmanuel nominated? Fans were already crushed at how the show used her up and threw her away. It's a shame the Television Academy treated her the same. One can only hope her new show, Four Weddings and a Funeral, brings her the attention she deserves.
2. Jenny of Oldstones
Though the Emmys aren't known for music, there is an Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category. Daniel Portman's performance of "Jenny of Oldstones" was a show-stopping moment in the Season 8's second episode, and should have been recognized as such. If nothing else, it would have gotten either Portman or Florence and the Machine on stage to perform it.
3. Rory McCann as The Hound
He didn't survive all the way to the end, but the Hound's arc since his return in Season 6 has been one of the show's best subplots. McCann has been acting the hell out of it. He either should have gotten Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series or Outstanding Guest Actor.
4. Episode 2: A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms
Of all the episodes not to get a writing or directing nod, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" was the biggest snub. This episode was considered across the board to be the season's finest hour. And yet... nothing. This should have, at minimum, been given the nod for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for director David Nutter. It also should have gotten an Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series nomination for Bryan Cogman. He's been the show's secret weapon since the very first season.
5. Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
He may be King of Westeros. But he's also the only Stark not to get a nomination. Sorry, Bran.