Peter Dinklage tries to defend Emmy's toughest category
Jon Bernthal of 'The Walking Dead'
Jon Bernthal, "The Walking Dead"
Nomination Status: If Emmy voters feel like "The Walking Dead" improved dramatically in Season Two, Bernthal had the showy role that may get some of the credit.
In His Favor: Shane started the second season dark and he only grew darker as the episodes progressed, leading up to the season's dynamite penultimate episode. I think there's some question as to how effectively Bernthal played that darkness or at least how nuanced he played it, but I don't think anybody would question that Shane/Bernthal were the catalysts of Season Two.
Working Against Him: "Walking Dead" only got a smattering of tech Emmy nominations last year and it's unlikely it's going to expand beyond that with the increasingly stuffed Drama field.