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Here’s Why One ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cast Member Wasn’t On Stage During The Emmys

For their work in the — let’s say — divisive final season, 10 members of the Game of Thrones cast were nominated for an Emmy: Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Alfie Allen (Theon), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Lena Headey (Cersei), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), and Carice van Houten (Melisandre). The ensemble came together to present the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie during tonight’s Emmy Awards, but because the ceremony never made reference to only the nominees being on stage, viewers at home were confused why one major Game of Thrones cast member wasn’t up there: Bran the Broken, King of the Six Kingdoms.

Why was that?

The Emmys weren’t disrespecting Isaac Hempstead Wright, because they already had: he wasn’t nominated, therefore he wasn’t invited on stage, along with John Bradley (Samwell) and Liam Cunningham (Davos), among others. Sorry, Bran, you’ll have to settle for only being the freaking king, which is still very weird.

Also weird: that Christie had to nominate herself for an Emmy. “For everything she represents in terms of women, I wanted for there to be the possibility of the opportunity and for me to feel like that’s how I was honoring, saying goodbye to this character,” the actress said about playing Brienne. “I truly never, never thought it would result in a nomination, and the last two months of my life have been truly wonderful because it’s a feeling of hope. To have gotten this far, I’ve won because I’ve never received anything like this in my work before.”

Here’s the full list of Emmy winners.

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