It’s no secret that the final season of Game of Thrones wasn’t very well received, but that didn’t stop it from getting some major love from the television academy at today’s Emmy Nominations announcement.
The fantasy epic’s final season garnered thirty-two nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and helped HBO beat Netflix for the most nominations for a single network with 137 (Netflix only got 126).
As expected, a good bulk of those nominations came for acting. Several actors including Maisie Williams, Lena Heady and Peter Dinklage scored Supporting Actor nominations. Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke were the sole GOT actors to get Lead Actor nominations. Three of the six episodes were also nominated for Outstanding Directing.
Perhaps the most surprising announcement for the show was the nomination for Outstanding Writing, with the episode being the much maligned series finale “The Iron Throne”.
It looks like the next season of Netflix’s Stranger Things is going to be even darker than the previous two while also taking some new risks. The series racked up 12 Emmy nominations on Thursday including Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row.
According to Deadline, Shawn Levy, executive producer and director of the series said it’s “Definitely going to yet darker, still places that I think audiences are going to really love.”
Emmy nominated for Best Supporting Actor, David Harbour who plays the determined Hawkins police chief, Jim Hopper had some intriguing information about the cinematic themes of the third season.
“I would go look at the great films that were released in ‘85,” Harbour toldDeadline. “Of which there are many, and just go down the list and think of the possibilities that we could be going with.” Harbour added that he thinks the next season is specific to 1985 and the references that are included in that year.
It looks like there could be many possibilities that the series could pick from the box of the 1985 pop culture. While Harbour describes season 1 as a reference to Stephen King novels and season 2 as a reference to Spielberg films he adds that the next season is staying some risks. Harbour states that while you saw a swashbuckling version of Hopper in season 1 and a softer version in season 2 there will be a combination of the two versions in season 3.
Noah Schapp, who plays Will Byers on the show revealed more new details last month about the next season in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He even let slip that there will be a storyline that involves Lucas’s little sister Erica and another character. He also mentioned that there should more of “Dad Steve” which is something I would definitely want to see again.
“It’s very different this season because it’s in the summer, so you kind of get to see a different version of everyone,” Schnapp said.“It’s great because it has a lot of the dark parts from season two and a lot of the light playful parts from season one.
All this information makes me even more excited for season 3 but since the show is probably going to be released some time in 2019 it looks like I’m going to spend the time rewatching 1985 movies to find out what’s in store for the next season.
Typically, with a cast this diverse and expansive, it’s nearly impossible to pin-down what counts as a leading role. So, up until now, HBO has only submitted GoT stars for supporting actor Emmy nominations, making this the first time in history they have ever gone after a lead actor win.
This is big news for the series itself, as we see it shifting into an intense storyline driven by fewer characters and plots.
Game of Thrones beat the record with its sixth season for more Emmys won than any other tv drama in history. But, the only GoT actor who’s ever actually taken home an Emmy for their performance in the series is Peter Dinklage, who took home the supporting actor win in both 2011 and 2015.
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Peter Dinklage is going after another supporting role nomination this year, alongside Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell) is up for a guest star nomination, as well.
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It looks like the Game of Thrones has been played, now let’s see who wins!