Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 6 Winners!

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Tonight, we hosted the 2016 Watchers on the Wall Awards, our annual celebration of the best of Game of Thrones. We laughed, we had fun- and occasionally there were awards announced. In case you missed the event, we’ve rounded up the highlights for you!

During the ceremony, there were a few prize giveaways for our readers. The winners were:

The Night King figure from Dark Horse Comics – hi

Autographed copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms –  Charlotte Eloise 

Watchers on the Wall Swag Pack –  The Dragon Demands 

Game of Thrones Season 3 & Season 4 Blu-ray Steelbooks –  SerDuncanTheTall

Congratulations to our giveaway winners!

The ceremony:

The winners, as announced in the ceremony:

Best Episode: “The Winds of Winter” Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Directed by Miguel Sapochnik

Best Actress: Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Best Actor: Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Best Supporting Actor: Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

Best Supporting Actress: Carice van Houten as Melisandre

Best Guest Actor: Clive Russell as Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully

Best Guest Actress: Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont

All-Around Best Quote: “Hold the door!” – Meera and Hodor

Funniest Quote: “What is your name again? Barbaro? Obara. Well, you look like an angry little boy. Don’t presume to tell me what I need…Oh, do shut up. Anything from you? Good. Let the grown women speak.” – Olenna Tyrell

Best Speech: Lyanna Mormont’s speech declaring Jon Snow King in the North

Best Visual Effects Scene: Horses crash into each other in the chaos of the Battle of Winterfell.

Best Death Scene: Hodor holds the door.

Funniest Scene: Tormund makes eyes at Brienne at dinner.

Best Dramatic Scene: The Night King attacks the cave, Bran wargs, and Hodor holds the door.

Best Action Sequence: Battle for Winterfell– Jon Snow and the Stark army face Ramsay Bolton’s strategies and overwhelming numbers, and are saved by the Vale.

Best Fight: Jon faces multiple opponents in the chaos of battle in one long uncut shot.


The complete polling results for the final round, if you’re interested in numbers:

Best Episode:

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Best Actress:

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Best Supporting Actress:

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Best Supporting Actor:

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Best Guest Actor:

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Best Guest Actress:

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Best Death Scene:

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Best Dramatic Scene:

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Funniest Scene:

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Best VFX Scene:

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All-Around Best Quote:

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Funniest Quote:

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Best Speech:

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Best Fight:

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And there you have it! Another year, another excellent season, another batch of sound choices at the WotW Awards. Thank you all, and we’ll see you next year! (Or tomorrow. Probably tomorrow.)

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    1. Sansa’s Knight:
      I’m surprised the battle of meereen won nothing

      Poor Drogon

      I know! And the ToJ didn’t win best fight scene! So many close runners-up, though 🙂

      Also, Hodor?

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    2. Personally, i don’t think that the scene with the horses crashing into each other should had won the best vfx scene. And i think that it’s because Jon really ruins that scene by just standing still looking what just happened. I know that it must be really shocking that hundreds of horses just clash in front of you, but he could at least cover his head by reflex or throw himself to the ground. Just do something (althoug i did really love the next scene where he doesn’t even know where he’s standing and just walks in circles trying to find someone to slice). I just found the scene with Dany and the dragons flying over Meereen a lot more real, and not just because the amazing CGI.

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    3. The results again show why I never care for these awards ..every year its same ..For all the talk of saying favoritsm and voting for popular things when it comes to emmy’s and such..are these awards any different ..
      Atleast I had hoped an vfx award for dragons but alas.

      Any way congrats for TWOW for all The work .

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    4. Thank you, everyone at WatchersOnTheWall, that made these possible. They’re fun n interesting to read along with n vote in 🙂

      Will say nothing of the winners – there’ll always be favorites that made it, and that didn’t make it. That’s pure internet voting for you.

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    5. orange:
      I would say it’s safe to say Jon Snow is a favorite around these parts.

      And Kit Harington/Sophie Turner!! The idea that Kit Harington and Sophie Turner are better actors than folks like Peter Dinklage and Maisie Williams is rather laughable. Subjective opinion and all, but still! I thought Turner had one of the worst performances last season.

      The poll should have been for favorite performance or favorite actor instead of best actor. That would have been a better match for these results.

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    6. SerNoName,

      Kit Harington winning the award this season does not automatically mean that he is a better actor than Peter Dinklage. Same goes for Sophie. These awards are for S6 ONLY, not for our general opinion as to who is better. While Peter Dinklage is a better actor than Kit, Kit’s performance in S6 was way more impactful than Peter’s. Whether you like it or not, strong material does matter. It does not make this a popularity award just because it goes against your idea of who should have won.
      As for Sophie, I do think her performance was a bit weak in the last 2 episodes, however I thought her performance in the first 5 episodes was exceptionally strong. I personally have no problems in either Sophie or Maisie getting higher votes, they are both good. Overall, I would say Maisie is better than Sophie, but for S6 itself , there was not much to choose from ( my opinion) .

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    7. Thanks for organising and hosting these awards Sue and Co.! Great work. A lot of very worthy winners there (Lena and Kit got the recognition they deserved from the Emmys here and Liam, Bella and Carice were wonderful this season). The awards for BotB and The season finale were very satisfying – two of the best eps of the show ever.

      The only disappointment for me is the whinging in the comments. This is a free fan site that’s run by a dedicated team, and they put a lot of work into this. Could you at least show a tiny bit of respect and gratitude?

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    8. Nice! And great job by WotW team. I see that a couple of my votes even won and Bella Ramsey won by a mile. I’m sorry that I’m a bit inactive this year but there is another (non GoT) fansite where my presence is required and I’m also busy at university. I also try to avoid heavy spoilers and I was slightly bothered by increased negativity this year (although I may be wrong). If not sooner, I will surely be back for my reviews.

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    9. iridium,

      Agreed! Maybe a quarter of the votes I cast won, but I still think it was a ton of fun. It’s a democracy, dang it, we are destined to not agree on things. That’s why there was a vote! 😜 (I thought we were an autonomous collective!)

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    10. Thanks to WOTW for organising this ballot again – even if I seem to largely be selecting the least popular choices 😉

      Do these get notified to the winners’/ agencies twitter/facebook accounts at all? It would be good to know that they are aware of what the fans think even if it isn’t perhaps as high profile/prestigious as the Emmys or BAFTAs etc.

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    11. ghost of winterfell:
      SerNoName,

      Kit Harington winning the award this season does not automatically mean that he is a better actor than Peter Dinklage.Same goes for Sophie. These awards are for S6 ONLY, not for our general opinion as to who is better.While Peter Dinklage is a better actor than Kit, Kit’s performance in S6 was way more impactful than Peter’s. Whether you like it or not, strong material does matter. It does not make this a popularity award just because it goes against your idea of who should have won.
      As for Sophie, I do think her performance was a bit weak in the last 2 episodes, however I thought her performance in the first 5 episodes was exceptionally strong. I personally have no problems in either Sophie or Maisie getting higher votes, they are both good. Overall, I would say Maisie is better than Sophie, but for S6 itself , there was not much to choose from ( my opinion) .

      Sure strong material does matter and I am not saying that Harington is bad. He did a great job. But Strong material does not equal to best acting. Harington still fails to reach that certain excellence in acting that Dinklage manages even though he is given almost nothing to work with it. Tyrion is only looking at Dany in the season 6 finale but you can sense everything he is feeling in that moment. That’s acting. We don’t need behind the scenes interviews from D and D to explain his look.

      And it’s not like Jon had much to do this season either – he had to do the most acting in episode 3 and that’s about it. BOB was mostly him swinging a sword. Peter Dinklage still had many great small moments – freeing the dragons, being made Hand by Dany, negotiating with slavers and priestess, joking with Missandei and Grey Worm. I understand that the Meereen story line is boring for many, but that should not take away from Dinklage’s performance.

      And again Maisie may have had a shit season, but she did so much with what she had – while watching the play, with Lady Crane, while fighting blind, while getting chased around by the Waif. She had no other central characters to play off against and she still managed to carry that entire story by herself. I thought she was even better than Lena Headey this season. Headey’s best acting was last season.

      But I get that people are influenced by story lines and actor biases and what not. I still think they should have polled for favorite performances than best actors but whatever. Congrats to all the winners!!

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    12. SerNoName: Sure strong material does matter and I am not saying that Harington is bad. He did a great job. But Strong material does not equal to best acting.Harington still fails to reach that certain excellence in acting that Dinklage manages even though he is given almost nothing to work with it.Tyrion is only looking at Dany in the season 6 finale but you can sense everything he is feeling in that moment. That’s acting.We don’t need behind the scenes interviews from D and D to explain his look.

      And it’s not like Jon had much to do this season either – he had to do the most acting in episode 3 and that’s about it. BOB was mostly him swinging a sword. Peter Dinklage still had many great small moments – freeing the dragons, being made Hand by Dany, negotiating with slavers and priestess, joking with Missandei and Grey Worm. I understand that the Meereen story line is boring for many, but that should not take away from Dinklage’s performance.

      Strong material does sometime equal to best acting if the concerned actor is able to pull it off in a very convincing manner. I am not saying Dinklage was bad, of course not and he was very good in that finale scene with Dany. But Kit’s performance in the BotB still beats that , strictly imo. If you think all Jon did was swing a sword in that episode, you missed a lot of what happened. Kit’s facial performance brought out Jon’s depression, despair at Rickon’s death, desperation and his struggle to survive, finally culminating in him finding the will to live. I got all of this thru his acting and did not need D&D’s explanations for it either. In fact I don’t think the writers have even given any such explanation.

      SerNoName:
      And again Maisie may have had a shit season, but she did so much with what she had – while watching the play, with Lady Crane, while fighting blind, while getting chased around by the Waif. She had no other central characters to play off against and she still managed to carry that entire story by herself. I thought she was even better than Lena Headey this season. Headey’s best acting was last season.

      I agree with everything you say about Maisie, even though I thought Lena Headey trumped everyone else. The only difference is, I thought Sophie Turner was strong as well.

      SerNoName:
      But I get that people are influenced by story lines and actor biases and what not. I still think they should have polled for favorite performances than best actors but whatever. Congrats to all the winners!!

      We all have differing opinions. That’s no reason to assume that we are unduly influenced by storylines and actor biases. If that was the case, Kit (and Jon) should not have lost to Stephen Dillane (and Stannis) last season. I had also voted for Dillane, even though Jon is my fav character. We all see different things in actors’ performances, no need to assume that it’s all down to popularity votes.

      Anyhoo, yeah, congrats to all the winners. All the actors I voted for won. Yay!

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    13. Very dissapointed that Aerons drowning speech didn’t even make the nominees. I mean Tyrions dragon talk, really? Was was so great about that? And Davos speech to Lyanna Mormont is something we’ve heard so many times by now. The real fight is to the North, the war of the five kings means nothing, the dead is coming. There was nothing new or spectacular about it. Aerons prayer while drowning Euron gave us inside into a religon that we have heard almost nothing about. Michael Feasts delivery alone should have one the pole. But not even a nomination, come on man! Praise the smaller stories as well as the big ones, would you! After all, what makes Thrones a masterpiece is vey much it’s ensemple, but people only notice the spectacle. The other nominees, Brother Ray and Lyanna Mormonts speeches, I have nothing against them of course. Lyannas was symbolic and well written and crucial moment in the show and Ian McShane nailed it. I’m just sad, no one seems to appreciate that whole drowning sequence. Oh well, sorry for ranting. Just dissapointed.

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    14. iridium:
      Thanks for organising and hosting these awards Sue and Co.! Great work. A lot of very worthy winners there (Lena and Kit got the recognition they deserved from the Emmys here and Liam, Bella and Carice were wonderful this season). The awards for BotB and The season finale were very satisfying – two of the best eps of the show ever.

      The only disappointment for me is the whinging in the comments. This is a free fan site that’s run by a dedicated team, and they put a lot of work into this. Could you at least show a tiny bit of respect and gratitude?

      That, exactly.

      Thanks Sue and the team for the hard work you do for us and indeed, see you tomorrow (and every day !) rather than next year. 🙂

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    15. ThanksForPuttingDamphairInTheShow!: The real fight is to the North, the war of the five kings means nothing, the dead is coming.”

      Stannis asked me to tell you that it has to be “the dead ARE coming” 😉 .

      But seriously, I also liked the drowning speech very much; partially of course because it was the only scene where I could tolerate Euron’s acting (probably because he kept his mouth shut all the time)…

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    16. Thanks for both the competition specifically, and the effort and hard work put into the entire evening! Really fantastic winners too, even those I didn’t vote for were my second choice.

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    17. Randa Noyce,

      That’s what I think, too. The people who love their CGI to be stunning and visible voted for either of the less realistic (at least in our world) but totally awesome-looking scenes, while the people who like their CGI to not even be visible (i.e. you don’t know it’s there unless you think about it longer or you’re told) all voted for the Horses. Hence, you get the horses.
      I think it’s ok, though. A matter of taste, as usual, and while I thought both the sept and especially the dragons very well done, I can concede that if you like your CGI less visible, the horses are a good choice.

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    18. Green Chili,

      ahh yeah sorry about that 🙂 Really, you cant stand Pilou Aesbaeks acting? I thinks it’s more about the writing, it seems they dont really know yet what to do with the character. Hopefully he will be more fleshed out next season. That said, I am Danish and I do think Pilou Asbaek is quite overrated here in Denmark. He’s in everything! He didnt fail as Euron yet I think, but we”ll see. But Aeron man! They gotta do more with him! The look, the actor and that speech was all very spot on! But then again, I always found him to be the most complex of the greyjoy uncles.

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    19. little disappointed not many of the ones I voted for won!! lol..
      Especially that insane Mereen battle.. I mean come on it looked so real and the dragons are not real at all… hahaha
      Also the TOJ fight..
      booo

      congrats to the winners, good job everyone!

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    20. My biggest regret is the so low result for Emilia Clarke.

      I know she gets a lot of smackdown, but personally, I found her to be on fire this season (pun intended) and delivered some of her best performance. Her farewell-scene with Jorah brought me to tears but it was also her “Handing” of Tyrion that was gold for me : the mixture of stiffness, fear of not being correct (the “I’m not sure if it’s right” line was perfectly delivered !), pride and emotion at Tyrion’s reaction.

      All in all, I wished Emilia received more love. And she definitly looks like she’s one of the funniest cast-member, but that has nothing to do with acting, so…

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    21. Congratulations to all the winners! Terrific voting results even if some of my picks didn’t make it, most did. I guess this officially ends S6. Great job, everyone!

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    22. SerNoName: The poll should have been for favorite performance or favorite actor instead of best actor. That would have been a better match for these results.

      Nope. Kit Harington was the clear leading man of season 6, and he has won Best Actor here. 🙂

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    23. Arkash,

      Its one of the reasons I gave upon this Awards after season 4..I have come to accept anything related to dany storyline will never win anything…the only thing I feel like they will have a chance winning is vfx and soundtracks..but even in those I don’t think they will ever win but can give a fighting chance ..

      For a character and actor who are termed as one of the most popular member of the series you would except them to be atleast end up in top 3 or 4 ..its not even funny anymore iam very sure if we have a poll for the fifth spot in that category she will not even make it ..

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    24. dragonbringer,

      its true.. and I don’t understand the dany hate! don’t really know where it comes from

      but I mean to each his own… Dany has a lot – and I mean A LOTTTTTTTTT of fans in the fandom.. Just not on this website.

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    25. Congratulations to all the winners, and many thanks to those involved in the organization. It was a great way to round off season six, something that has only increased my hype for season seven! I was delighted to see so many of my picks become winners, but as I stated in many of the posts I added in the individual voting threads, this was an amazing season and it was possible to justify voting for all of the finalists.

      I have to add also that I found the breakdown of the results intriguing – some were so close that they were decided by only a few votes (like Best Supporting Actress) while others were extremely one-sided (Best Guest Actress). Overall, there seemed to be a lot of love for the northern story arcs, and I think that bodes well heading into season seven as our attention shifts more and more to the Night King and the threat he and his army poses to those south of the Wall.

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    26. SerNoName,

      When the site was started it was very strong Sophie and sansa based and I think it now gradually shifted to kit and Jon ..sansa and Sophie have been criticized most lately ( such is the power of going against jon snow ) but the poll shows she is still well liked and strong around here which i glad of ..
      Anyways Congrats to winners and appreciate all the work that has been put by TWOW team..

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    27. Sue the Fury,

      I agree with Sure. Kit has gotten some critique in early seasons, but in season 4, 5 and now 6 he has delivered top-notch performances. He plays Jon as a young man who grew up way to soon. He’s world-weary and seasoned, awkward but fierce. To me, it is the ultimate hero-performance. In comparison to other heros in adventure-type media like Aragorn, Frodo, Luke Skywalker or Will Turner from Pirats, Jon Snow is the one that I most deeply cared for and rooted for. That is of course thanks to George RR Marting and David and Dan, but on the paper Jon IS that pretty traditional fantasy-hero, more traditional even than many other tropes on the show. So it is also thanks to Kit Harrington that he is so utterly likable in a very badass way.

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    28. Dee Stark,

      In Dany’s case, there seems to be a clear divide between the more hardcore fans that are found on fansites (not just here, but even in other places like Reddit) and the more casual ones, more than any other character. You can see Dany hate on almost all the fansites on the internet. At the same time, she is one of the most liked characters among the other casual viewers. I wonder what the reason for this is.

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    29. Dee Stark,

      Lots of Fans yes but i dont think there is another place that will have different result and I don’t fault this site or anything like that ..for me every place is like this westeros .org or WiC.net or reddit or any other you want to name..

      Anyway she is three time emmy nominated actress and hopefully there will be one or two more nomination from the next seasons and has a award winning performance in that and recognized for it .

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    30. Congrats to all the winners!!! I tuned in and was not disappointed!! U guys are a hoot!! Thanks for hosting the awards every year, can’t imagine all the time and effort it takes! You are all very much appreciated!

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    31. Congratulations to all the winners. It was a very strong season, so it was particularly tough to decide what was the best, but it was a nice problem to have!

      Shame about the whining from some, but that seems to happen on most posts nowadays 🙁

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    32. ghost of winterfell,

      It doesn’t make much sense.

      Im hardcore and love Dany.
      I love what she represents in general, because im a socialist type person anyway and I think that’s once of the main reasons I like her.. that and that she is badasssssssss and love emilias portrayal of her.

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    33. Kit did a good job this season and pulled off a lot of challenging scenes. I’m glad he won. 🙂 It’s also great to see Carice get some recognition. Mel’s last scene in episode 1 was well executed. You could really feel her dejection.

      I voted for the sept explosion, but it looks like the dragons and that split the VFX votes. C’est la vie. Deal with it. It’s not like we’re winning cash prizes for guessing the winners in an online poll (unless I missed the announcement).

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    34. Great fun going through all this voting stuff as always. Thanks! All worthy winners… can’t really say much against a majority vote. I do wish Essie would have garnered a bit more support AS WELL though. I thought she did such a good job and had quite a bit more to do than the fellow nominees, but… popularity. 🙂

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    35. Dee Stark,

      Hardcore fans tend to get overprotective of their favourite character, so it seems that they “have to hate” that character’s “rival” (many Jon fans hate Dany and viceversa. Arya fans hate on Sansa and viceversa… the worst part is when that hate is transferred into the actors that play them).

      I particularly dislike this kind of behaviour.

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    36. Dee Stark:
      A Dornish Tyrell,

      I agree my Dornish friend!

      But Sansa and Arya aren’t rivals… neither are Dany and Jon …. hahaha

      It doesn’t make much sense does it.
      I have a major character I don’t care for and rarely impressed by the person playing the character but that’s independent of anyone else.

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    37. Dee Stark,

      I think that a lot of the dislike for Dany comes from, and I could be wrong so don’t bite my head off people, people who have read the novels. It is a combination of traits in her personality and storyline in general. There are things some people find annoying or eye rolling about her and those are just compounded by the fact that her isolated storyline is not as exciting as everything else that is going on in the game because, well, she’s not yet part of the game. I do believe GRRM did her a disservice by keeping her in Essos for so long. She births the dragons at the end of the first book, yet four books later she’s still in Essos giving everyone the same speech. That is bound to get in people’s nerves. And is not just something that happens to her, mind you. Tyrion became insufferable in book 5. And this is Tyrion who is perhaps the most popular character in the saga. But it was just one book, I would imagine Tyrion would become hated if his Book 5 shtick progressed over more books. That is to say, I believe Dany will be more appreciated once she gets into the frying pan with everyone else. Fresh interactions could do wonders for her storyline and character.

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    38. Dee Stark,

      Rivals in the sense of what they represent 🙂

      Arya is the tomboy fierce of her Starkness and who wants to break free from social conventions. Sansa is the girly girl that not only accepts social conventions but that also wants to break free from her heritage (her Starkness, the North, the Old Gods… you get the gist). Plus, they are always fighting each other… 😉

      Jon and Dany are rivals in the sense of their “Targaryennes” and their potential claim to the Iron Throne… And to be TPTWP… and the ultimate hero of ASOIAF!! 😉

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    39. Luka Nieto,

      Nope, not from the books. Maybe it has to do with Peter Dinklage and this being his best scene of the season. Tyrion didn’t have much to do this time around, and certainly not as much awesome dialog as in other seasons, so maybe people cling to the few instances where he actually had a chance to shine.

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    40. A Dornish Tyrell,

      ah okay I see.
      that’s silly though. lol

      Danny,

      You make some good points…. I can see how it can drag out in a book
      but on the show, yeah okay she was in essos for a while.. but I don’t feel like it dragged…. at all after season 1. I mean I didn’t like her season 2 story line that much but all other seasons I think had to happen…. she gained her army, her dragons grew a bit, she tried to rule, which she needed to do in cities that she has been conquering… and then last season closed the loop on her story line because she defeated the masters once and for all… and well, it was a good time for her to leave..

      anyway…. doesn’t matter, I am not trying to convince anyone other wise.

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    41. The only surprise win for me here is Clive Russel, but he’s been great in all of his appearances, so I can’t complain. I think the winners are all more than deserving (totally biased, voted for most of them), and I’m all for WotW creating those creepy little raven statuettes to send to the recipients.

      It’s also great to see Kit finally get some recognition for what he’s managed to accomplish despite playing one of the most range-restricting roles on television, especially since Jon and his storyline were mostly an afterthought until the end of Season 4. I’d frankly be very interested to see what some of the more revered actors’s artistic choices would be when faced with playing someone whose entire personality is confined to his inner monologue, whose face is explicitly described in the source material as being “impassive,” “still,” “sullen,” and “giving nothing away,” and whose vocal inflection is characterized by evenness, deadpan, and understatement. No one-liners, no catch phrases, no grandiose monologues. Just the task of building a three-dimensional character with a rich inner world who audiences will emotionally invest in, with little-to-no opportunity to outwardly convey any of it. Yeah, I’m kind of at the point where I can’t take anyone who continues to deride Kit’s acting abilities seriously. He still has plenty of room to improve, but I strongly suspect that a veteran actor who didn’t rise to fame battling ice zombies would be receiving a critical tongue bath for giving the exact same performance.

      Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to the WotW team for organizing this year after year. Your hard work is definitely appreciated!

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    42. Danny,

      Speaking for myself, I’m a bit bummed out that Martin most likely jettisoned his initial idea of Dany ending up in Asshai by the Shadow. All book readers are well aware that there is some hardcore mysticism and outlandish horror-fantasy going on there. I would much prefer to see it first hand instead of remaining stuck in the damn Slaver’s Bay for 3 books/4 seasons.

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    43. elybe: It’s also great to see Kit finally get some recognition for what he’s managed to accomplish despite playing one of the most range-restricting roles on television, especially since Jon and his storyline were mostly an afterthought until the end of Season 4. I’d frankly be very interested to see what some of the more revered actors’s artistic choices would be when faced with playing someone whose entire personality is confined to his inner monologue, whose face is explicitly described in the source material as being “impassive,” “still,” “sullen,” and “giving nothing away,”and whose vocal inflection is characterized by evenness, deadpan, and understatement. No one-liners, no catch phrases, no grandiose monologues. Just the task of building a three-dimensional character with a rich inner world who audiences will emotionally invest in, with little-to-no opportunity to outwardly convey any of it. Yeah, I’m kind of at the point where I can’t take anyone who continues to deride Kit’s acting abilities seriously. He still has plenty of room to improve, but I strongly suspect that a veteran actor who didn’t rise to fame battling ice zombies would be receiving a critical tongue bath for giving the exact same performance.

      This.

      Jon is the most internal, introverted central character in the books and on the show. It must be nigh on impossible for an experienced actor (never mind a young one) to convey everything and nothing at the same time. I see Jon Snow as the hardest part to play, and it is great that his ability is finally being recognized. Jon’s part in the show has gradually got bigger and bigger as the seasons have gone on, and it was great to see him finally be front and center in season six.

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    44. Mr Fixit,

      I also think that GRRM originally meant for Daenerys to travel to Asshai but then scrapped the idea because of the knot in Slaver’s Bay. Many of books 4&5 could have been easily cut out and the storyline could have still remained the same.

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    45. Lord Parramandas,

      God, yes. That would have been awesome. I wonder, though, how GRRM will now explain Quaithe’s prophesy about the shadow. The show, of course, can simply leave it out and be less convoluted for it.

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    46. dragonbringer:
      Luka Nieto,

      Most probably because it was one of the best scenes and best acted and best vfx scene of the season ..

      Oh I loved the scene! I just pointed out book-based scenes are preferred by the hardcore fandom, most of whom read the books. Especially nowadays, as book quotes are rare by now in the show. “Now it begins” / “Now it ends” was a nominee in large part because book readers have been waiting years to hear that. I very much doubt show-only watchers would ascribe much meaning to it. Not the case with the Tyrion story, of course.

      didi: Nope, not from the books.

      Yes, the quote was from the books.

      The scene itself wasn’t, mind you, but the monologue was. In ADWD Tyrion recalled that story of when he was a child, while traveling to Daenerys and discussing dragons (with Illyrio, if I remember correctly.) The quote was taken almost word for word from the book. They just used it in a more dramatic context. Which is probably why you don’t remember it from the books.

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    47. didi,
      Luka Nieto,

      Basically, it seems that Dave Hill, the writer for the episode, used this sad little story beautifully written by GRRM in a much more meaningful context. In ADWD, it was inner monologue. The great “But here you are” ending to the story in the show was much less impactful originally; “Yet if the lord of cheese could be believed, the Mad King’s daughter had hatched three living dragons.” Not quite as powerful as seeing the dragons himself. Still, the rest is pretty much the same, merely streamlined as most of the dialogue usually is in the show:

      ADWD – TYRION II
      When he was still a lonely child in the depths of Casterly Rock, he oft rode dragons through the nights, pretending he was some lost Targaryen princeling, or a Valyrian dragonlord soaring high o’er fields and mountains. Once, when his uncles asked him what gift he wanted for his nameday, he begged them for a dragon. “It wouldn’t need to be a big one. It could be little, like I am.” His uncle Gerion thought that was the funniest thing he had ever heard, but his uncle Tygett said, “The last dragon died a century ago, lad.” That had seemed so monstrously unfair that the boy had cried himself to sleep that night. Yet if the lord of cheese could be believed, the Mad King’s daughter had hatched three living dragons.

      SEASON 6 – HOME
      When I was a child, an uncle asked what gift I wanted for my name day. I begged him for one of you. “It wouldn’t even have to be a big dragon,” I told him. “It could be little, like me.” Everyone laughed like it was the funniest thing they had ever heard. Then my father told me the last dragon had died a century ago. I cried myself to sleep that night. But here you are.

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    48. Alba Stark: This.

      Jon is the most internal, introverted central character in the books and on the show.It must be nigh on impossible for an experienced actor (never mind a young one) to convey everything and nothing at the same time.I see Jon Snow as the hardest part to play, and it is great that his ability is finally being recognized.Jon’s part in the show has gradually got bigger and bigger as the seasons have gone on, and it was great to see him finally be front and center in season six.

      Yes – THIS – from both the posters, elybe and Alba Stark. I’m coming to have a high respect for Harington’s acting abilities. He is primarily, as I understand it, a stage actor, and is bringing that ability to the wee screen. But indeed this is an exceptionally difficult role for all the reasons mentioned.

      That aside, I thought the ‘awards’ were fun and have seen part of the vid, though time didn’t permit for all of it. General agreement, quibbling at a few, but majority wins so that’s fine.

      (PS I hope to see Harington playing Hamlet at some time… and rather later, Lear…
      Wish, though, that I could have seen his Faustus in London.)

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    49. I could add that Sansa is also a difficult part to play, as much depends on keeping a ‘low profile’ in terms of emotion and reaction. I’m not playing favourites here 🙂

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    50. SerNoName,

      You do like to have a pop about Sophie, don’t you? Still to be fair you are not the only person who has a go at actors – there are some Emilia detractors who would criticise her on when commenting on a scene that had nothing to do with her – like for White Walkers or some other story line not involved (thus far at least) in the Dany story – and you did have the grace to congratulate the winners.

      Now for the folk who don’t like Kit Harrington, I used to listen to a podcast “Podcast Winterfell” and its sister podcast “Podcast Littlefell” (I think possibly they stopped broadcasting after the Sansa and Ramsay marriage scene) and one of the men who contributed sometimes was a professional actor. He said he had never thought Kit Harrington was a terrible actor but that it seemed his skill picked up when he started acting opposite Rose Leslie.

      As for the issue of fan favourites winning – well some results coincided with how I voted but a lot of this fan’s favourites didn’t. I was very impressed with Sam Coleman as young Hodor but the Wyllas becoming Hodor scene was very short I guess. That said, I’ve admired Clive Russell in this show and others. I voted for Lena and Baby Bear but as I say many of my votes didn’t coincide with the winning vote. I agree that Peter Dinklage is excellent – the American accent comes through a little sometimes – not always, but his is certainly not the worst take on an English accent (though I suppose it’s a Westerosi accent here) I have heard.

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    51. The discussions here are rather pointless imo – those arguing should take note of one of GRRM’s mantras: it’s a great honor to be nominated! If it makes you feel uncomfortable to see that many people disagree with your personal opinion, just focus on how many people DID agree with you instead, and live happily ever after 😉

      Thanks Sue and Team! Like each year, it was a lot of fun despite (or because of?) the often heart-breaking choices.

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