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Emmys 2016: Why Sansa and Ramsay from 'Game of Thrones' Should've Been Nominated

While we are Team GoT come what may, the Emmy snubs of Turner and Rheon will take time to sink in.

Runa Mukherjee Parikh | News18 Specials@tweetruna

Updated:July 15, 2016, 5:18 PM IST
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Emmys 2016: Why Sansa and Ramsay from 'Game of Thrones' Should've Been Nominated
While we are Team GoT come what may, the Emmy snubs of Turner and Rheon will take time to sink in.
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The Emmy nominations for 2016 have been declared and Game of Thrones has once again, lead the pack with 23 bids. There is much to rejoice as poster boy of GoT, Kit Harington aka the resurrected Jon Snow has received his first Emmy nomination in six years. Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister in the show, also got a much deserved nod for portraying the bereaved mother and insane queen spectacularly.

But what has upset fans across the globe is that Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark in the epic fantasy did not get a nomination. Turner’s character in the show was the most talked about this year; from being a starry eyed teenager to being sexually abused till the last season, Turner’s Stark had a complete change in terms of a personality – she played the game better than veterans, didn’t bat an eyelid before putting two of her brothers on the line and exacted sweet revenge from her ghastly tormentor. Her acting was top notch and much lauded by fans and critics alike.

What has further stumped us is the fact that Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark in the show got her first Emmy nod ever. This is slightly confusing as her character was possibly the dullest this season. After spending a good amount of time training to be a Faceless assassin, Arya decides she is and always will be a Stark, kills the Waif in a fight we don’t get to see (because it is in the dark and she has trained well as a blind person) causes the unnecessary death of the kind Lady Crane and heads to Westeros to begin her revenge binge. Audiences have argued that the character wasted a substantial amount of time this season, especially because she went back to the pavilion after two seasons of setting the stage to become ‘no one’.

Another actor who did not get a nomination is Iwan Rheon or the actor who played the crazy Ramsay Bolton. His character arc flew off the roof in season six – Ramsay Bolton killed his father, a new born baby brother, used a Stark boy as battle bait and lead his army in one of the best battle scenes in television history before being devoured by his own beloved hounds. Rheon’s performance was brilliant to say the least. To don the role of the most hated man in Westeros after Joffrey Baratheon was a big task but hey, Joffrey seemed like a puppy in front of Bolton’s evil. It wouldn’t have been possible without a stellar act by Rheon and we were really looking forward to the young actor getting his due, considering it was his last season on the show and he exited with a bang. And frankly, it would have been nice to cheer for him at least somewhere.

Instead, it is Peter Dinklage who has got yet another nomination for his role as Tyrion. As much as a fan we are of his, he didn’t really have much to do this season. Infact, he wasn’t even present in a couple of the episodes. We are not taking away from the fact that Dinklage is a superior actor whose very presence elevates a scene, but being in boring Meereen and cracking non funny jokes with Grey Worm and Missandei isn’t exactly award winning material. We will be shocked if he wins this one.

We will not even discuss how and why Emilia Clarke got a nod this season. Screaming her lineage to enemies and setting everything on fire was all she did this time and her performance was definitely average when you compare her with Rheon and Turner. We don’t blame her for this, it was how the script went. But the Emmy nod seems like a waste when you know there were stupendous performances by other actors that were laurel worthy.

While we are Team GoT come what may, the Emmy snubs of Turner and Rheon will take time to sink in.

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