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This story about Sophie Turner and "Game of Thrones" first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap's Emmy magazine.
Some fans may not have loved the final season of "Game of Thrones," but Emmy voters did. Season 8 grabbed 32 nominations, smashing a 25-year-old record set by "NYPD Blue" for the most nominations any series has ever received in a single year.
That Emmy haul included 10 different acting nominations: Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in the lead acting categories; Alfie Allen, Nijolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams in supporting; and Carice van Houten in guest. (Allen, Christie and van Houten submitted themselves in the Emmy race; the others were submitted by HBO.)
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The 2019 Emmy Awards nominations are all accounted for, with HBO regaining the top spot with 137 nominations. Netflix, which ended HBO's 17-year streak as the most nominated network, finished with 117 nominations. HBO was buoyed by "Game of Thrones" and the return of "Veep" to Emmy eligibility. "Game of Thrones" landed 32 nominations, which broke the 25-year record set by "NYPD Blue" for most nominations in a single season (26). "Veep" came back after sitting out a year with nine nods, down from the 17 it received in 2017.
Warning: in the remote chance you haven't seen the final season, this conversation contains spoilers.
How crazy is it to be in a category where your show has four of the six nominees?
It's unbelievable, to be honest. I had just kind of figured, "This is how it goes: Lena will be nominated in supporting and Emilia in lead." I looked at the list and was blown away by the fact that there were so many of us nominated.
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Obviously, the final season was controversial.
The fans are incredible and so loyal, and we love them because of the fact that they're so, so passionate. I cannot fault them there. But when people were saying that there was no effort, that the writers were terrible … The most effort was put into this final season. We were shooting for an incredibly long time, nearly 11 months. We did the most night shoots anyone has done ever, I think. I felt a little defensive, and I think I'm entitled to feel like that.
I suppose it's not really the Iron Throne anymore. [Laughs] I think it's true what Tyrion was saying: Bran holds all of our stories, and we can't move on unless we remember our history. Daeneyrs had to die. Cersei was a mad queen. Arya is too much of a free spirit. Sansa probably wouldn't want to rule the seven kingdoms anyway — she wanted to stay in the North and defend the North. I really think Bran might be the perfect person for the job.
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Did you have your own dream ending?
I thought Arya would kill Cersei. And I would like to have seen Sansa and Cersei reunited, or Arya and Cersei. But there were so many ways the story could have turned out. I felt very passionately about the ending for Sansa, and I was very happy with the ending that turned out for her.
As the final seasons went on, did you read scripts afraid that your character was going to die?
Of course! I think everyone was terrified of being axed the whole time. Every single page, it was like, "Oh, my God, is this it?" And then to find that I made it to the final episode and to the final scene was great.
I think the biggest moment is yet to come, when I really break down. I think it might be at the Emmys, because the Emmys are going to be the last time that we'll ever see each other, at least as a cast. Or maybe I'll never really say goodbye. It's really my family, and because we love each other so much, it'll be goodbye to the characters but not to each other.
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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's Dog Waldo Reportedly Hit and Killed by Car
A sad turn of events. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s dog Waldo was reportedly hit by a car and killed in New York City. Celebrities Who Own Hollywood’s Most Beloved Pets TMZ reported that the accident occurred Wednesday, July 24, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The Alaskan Klee Kai reportedly escaped from his leash while out with a dog walker after a pedestrian scared him. The pup then ran into the street, where he was hit. Jonas’ rep said it was “a freak accident.” The singer, 29, and Turner, 23, reported the incident to police on Friday, July 26, according to TMZ. The couple adopted Waldo in April 2018. His brother Porky joined the family first.
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