Over the course of seven seasons, House Lannister has hoarded more than its fair share of superlatives in Game of Thrones’ contentious family struggles for wealth and power. But thanks to Peter Dinklage’s new milestone back here in the real world, HBO may owe Tyrion Lannister the lion’s share of thanks for the show’s enduring critical success.
Game of Thrones leads this year’s pack of Emmy nominees with 22 nods overall, including for Outstanding Drama Series. And among that basketful is yet another nomination for Dinklage, who just picked up another nod for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Tyrion during Season 7.
But what’s really cool about Dinklage’s 2018 nomination is that it has made Emmys history. With the nod — his seventh in a career that’s spanned more than two decades — Dinklage becomes the most-nominated actor ever in the Emmys’ best supporting actor category.
As Tyrion, Dinklage already has twice won the category outright, taking home an Emmy in 2011, and again in 2015. He’s been nominated every year from 2011 to 2016, as well as 2018 (2017 was a wash for Game of Thrones on the awards circuit, since HBO’s delayed release schedule didn’t allow the show to make it to air in time for it to qualify.)
The only actor to hold three Emmys in the best supporting actor category is Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. Like Tyrion, Paul’s Jesse Pinkman ended up having to do some seriously questionable things before the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences would allow him to walk home with all that hardware.
We’re just hoping Tyrion can stop short of introducing pharmaceutical grade drugs onto the mean streets of Westeros to score another Emmy nod when Game of Thrones’ eigth and final season finally arrives. Then again, it’s Tyrion — so we aren’t exactly holding our breath.