Game of Thrones: Why Kit Harrington’s Emmys loss isn’t a big deal

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Actor Kit Harington at HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel And Q
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Actor Kit Harington at HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel And Q /
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3. Ben Mendelsohn is a deserving winner

There’s nothing wrong with being humble in defeat, and Game of Thrones fans would be wise to live in that realm. It sucks that both Kit Harrington and Peter Dinklage lost but on Emmys but let’s not pretend like they were snubbed for a weaker performance. Ben Mendelsohn’s role on Bloodline is one of the better supporting roles we’ve seen in a while and he deservingly won the Emmy.

It’s not totally the fault of Harrington or Dinklage either. Mendelsohn has a larger role than both Dinklage and Harrington so there was more screen time to win over voters. Game of Thrones is just so populated — or some might say overpopulated — with characters that it’s hard to get someone a large enough role for them to stand out.

This harkens back to the previous point about it just not being the best season for Kit. Because Game of Thrones is so populated with characters, you really need to stand out among the crowd. That didn’t happen with Harrington but it’s not an impossible task. Dinklage has a couple of Emmy wins and they’re very much not by default. When Tyrion was on trial in Season 4, that was a standout role for Dinklage and that sort of strength in screen time will come for Jon Snow.