Will Sophie Turner Be The First Non-Peter Dinklage ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star To Bring Home An Emmy?
Sophie Turner was just 13 years old when she began starring on Game of Thrones. And now, ten years later, the actress says that she has no regrets or bitterness about her time on the HBO drama, especially now that she has been nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2019 Emmys. Season 8 found Turner’s Sansa Stark coming into her own as the leader of Winterfell, but will her role in the premiere episode be enough to make her the only non-Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones star to win an acting Emmy?
Turner’s performance in ‘Winterfell‘
After an insanely long break between seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones, the premiere episode – “Winterfell” – found Kit Harington’s Jon Snow returning to his childhood home with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), her army and her dragons by his side.
The first time they meet, Sansa senses the chemistry between Jon and Daenerys and is immediately distrustful of the Dragon Queen. Also, as the leader of Winterfell, she voices her concern about having to feed such a large army and her three dragons.
Sansa confronts Jon to see if his loyalties still lie in the North and shares the screen with Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister who has become somewhat of a confidant to her. Tyrion is obviously impressed with the woman Sansa has grown into and realizes she is not the naïve little girl who was forced to marry him.
Sophie Turner’s chances at taking home the Emmy
Although Turner’s Sansa is not in a huge amount of the episode, she steals every scene she is in. It is a delight to see the new self-confident Sansa go toe-to-toe with Daenerys and to show her distrust of the Dragon Queen with just a subtle glance.
This is Turner’s first Emmy nomination and many Game of Thrones fans felt like she got robbed for her performances in season 5 when she was tortured by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and in season 6 when she exacted revenge on him and won back Winterfell. So, Emmy voters could hand her the trophy she has long deserved.
Turner has some stiff competition – and that is just from her own show. Her Game of Thrones co-stars Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, and her bestie Maisie Williams have all been nominated, as well as Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw and Julia Garner from Ozark.
Right now, Turner’s odds are 7/1 to take home the Emmy.
Turner made less than Kit Harington
Prior to the premiere of season 8, Turner dismissed uproar over how much she got paid. Even though Harington made more money than her, Turner says she is okay with that because the demands placed on Harington were insane.
Turner told Harper’s Bazaar that equal pay is an important conversation to have. But, on GOT it was “a little tricky.”
“Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline,” she explained. “And for the last series [season], he had something crazy, like, 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many. I was like, ‘You know what… you keep that money,’” said Turner.
About that controversial ‘Game of Thrones’ ending
The 23-year-old says she has struggled with the show ending after eight seasons, and she is just now coming to terms with it. Turner says it is like dealing with a death in the family because she is losing a character she has played for nearly half her life.
Turner admitted that some storylines have changed her as a person, explaining that the domestic abuse and rape scenes have sparked a part of her “that might be an activist.”
Turner has said that, for her, the ending of GOT was “really satisfying,” but she understands that not every fan will be happy with it. She says some will be disappointed, while others will be “over the moon.” But, the most emotional part for her was reading the final page of the script and seeing “End of Game of Thrones” on the last page.
The 2019 Emmy Awards will air September 22 on Fox.