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Emilia Clarke of 'Game of Thrones'
Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones"
Nomination Status: Could reemerge if "Game of Thrones" gets more Emmy mojo
In Her Favor: Two years ago, Emilia Clarke felt like the breakout performer in the "Game" ensemble and I think I predicted she would either earn an Emmy nomination, or come darned close. She did not. That was followed by a second season in which suddenly people started talking about Clarke as one of the weak points in the cast. Don't mess with the Khaleesi. It turned out that all Clarke needed was material that went beyond whining about her purloined dragons, as she had a major comeback in Season 3. Once again, people were marveling at Clarke's quiet confidence, her linguistic agility and and her show-stopping good looks and so, once again, it seems like Clarke could be a viable candidate for Emmy attention. Clarke was part of one of the season's most glorious moments in "Now His Watch Is Ended" and while I didn't think her arc was well integrated into "The Rains of Castamere," her presence in what is sure to be an Emmy-noticed episode can't hurt.
Working Against Her: After being ignored for two years, it will be hard for Emmy voters to remember to write her name down and she's in a category that also includes Emmy worthy co-stars like Natalie Dormer, Lena Headey and Michelle Fairley. Maisie Williams, who also could have deservedly been part of a discussion here, didn't submit. That's a lot of vote-splitting in a cast that has, so far, only gotten nods for Peter Dinklage.