HBO’s Game of Thrones is about to conclude what many believe is its best season yet. And we know the hit drama series, while typically scoring a ton of Emmy nominations, often tends to fall shy of victory when the winners are announced in the major categories. So which actors, writers and directors are being submitted “for your consideration” this year? Here is what the Emmy ballots this year reveal:
Actors: For best supporting, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington. Surprising omission: Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), who has been great this season, and has had plenty to do. For guest actors, Pedro Pascal was submitted for Prince Oberyn and Diana Rigg for Lady Olenna.
Writers: Instead of the usual series tactic of submitting multiple episodes, the Thrones team is sending in only one entry: This Sunday’s finale “The Children,” an episode showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are very proud of.
Directors: Three episodes with three different directors were submitted: “The Children” (Alex Graves), last week’s Castle Black mega-battle “The Watchers on the Wall” (Neil Marhsall) and “The Laws of Gods and Men” (the Tyrion trial episode directed by Alik Sakharov).
See our five spoiler-free burning questions for Sunday’s finale, and be sure to come to EW.com after watching for a deep-dive recap and several post-episode interviews.