What Game Of Thrones Should Have Gotten Emmy Nods For, According To George R.R. Martin

The nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards have been announced, and HBO dominated thanks to Game of Thrones securing a whopping 23 nods. Six of the nominations were for actors who have been deemed particularly exceptional in their Season 6 performances. Kit Harington and Maisie Williams scored their first nominations ever in the Best Supporting categories. According to author George R.R. Martin, however, the list of nominations for Thrones actors should have been a bit longer. Here's what he had to say in response to the Emmy announcement:

It made me especially happy to see Kit and Maisie get some love from the Academy at last. About damn time, I say. They are several years overdue. And I would have loved to see Sophie Turner on that list as well. I know, I know, I'm greedy.

George R.R. Martin posted his reaction to the Emmy nominations on his website, and it's hard to argue with his sentiments. Kit Harington was better than he's ever been as Jon Snow in Season 6, and young Maisie Williams has been a highlight of the cast as Arya Stark ever since the very beginning. They've both earned major awards recognition by this point in their Game of Thrones tenures. Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Max von Sydow were nominated as well. The notable absence from the list of nominees is Sophie Turner.

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Sophie Turner turned in some masterful performances as Sansa Stark in Season 6. Sansa has undergone one of the most difficult journeys of any of the surviving characters of Game of Thrones, and Season 6 showed her on the upswing after spending a decent chunk of Season 6 being brutalized by her husband, Ramsay Bolton. Turner was fantastic in everything from Sansa's reunion with Jon to Sansa's choice to kill Ramsay to Sansa's chilly interactions with Littlefinger. Frankly, it's a surprise that she wasn't nominated in a season that consistently featured her more prominently than Maisie Williams and arguably even Emilia Clarke as Dany. Season 6 was the season of Sansa. Surely the Academy could have at least nominated her, right?

Well, George R.R. Martin isn't the only person who thinks that Sophie Turner should be up for Best Supporting Actress In A Drama. A lot of Game of Thrones fans were seriously upset on Turner's behalf, and they took to social media to share their displeasure in some pretty creative ways. I can't say that I disagree. The plots in the North were my favorite of Season 6, and Sophie Turner as Sansa was a big part of why.

Of course, there are a lot of shows on television that seek nominations for big awards like the Emmys; worthy actors will not always make the cut, just because competition is stiff. Still, Sophie Turner was so solid in Season 6 that she really feels like she could have made the list. Sure, the Best Supporting Actress category would have featured four Game of Thrones actresses for the same award, but would that have been so bad?

Martin also shared in the comment section what else he thought should have gotten nominated.

Outlander was robbed. All three leads were amazing... especially Tobias Menzies in his double role as Frank and Black Jack. Eva Green also deserved a nomination for her work in Penny Dreadful.

Check out the full list of 2016 Emmy nominees to see what other shows have actors in the running for the top prize, and take a look at our breakdown of what we know so far about Game of Thrones Season 7 for a peek ahead.

Laura Hurley
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