11:52am PT by Josh Wigler
Week in 'Game of Thrones': Jon Snow Goes to the Emmys
As if it wasn't enough of a win to be crowned King in the North, and for his secret Targaryen heritage to come to light, Jon Snow now has another cause for celebration: an Emmy nomination.
Kit Harington and several other members of the Game of Thrones cast earned acting nominations at this year's Emmy awards, five in total. The players in question: new nominees Harington and Maisie Williams (Arya), veteran nominees Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Lena Headey (Cersei), and two-time winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion).
"It is a serious understatement to say that I am somewhat stunned," Harington said of his nomination in a statement. "For my work on Game of Thrones to be recognized in this way is an emotional moment for me. I could not be more humbled."
It might be a stunner for Harington, but not for the folks who worked with him. Speaking with THR during season six, fellow actors Liam Cunningham (Davos) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) praised the Jon Snow actor's work ethic, particularly in "Battle of the Bastards," the epic war episode featuring Lord Snow slicing and dicing his way through piles of bodies, among other horrible acts of violence. Director Miguel Sapochnik summed it up best to THR: "Kit is the dog's bollocks."
"I've been lucky enough to do two major sequences with him and he's not only really, really good at what he does, but he's got humility, a sense of humor and a work ethic that is like a breath of fresh air for a director," said Sapochnik. "I wish I could work with him on everything."
Here are all of the other major Game of Thrones headlines from the past week:
A Game of Cons
The cast of Game of Thrones heads out to Comic-Con in San Diego next week, but that's not the only highlight for attendees looking for their Westeros fix. HBO has announced a scavenger hunt to run throughout the convention, tasking participants with tweeting photos with Game of Thrones products and artifacts, like posing with Robert Baratheon's crown, in order to win a prize pack loaded with Thrones swag. For more information, click here.
Sam the Slayer
No, not Samwell Tarly. (Although John Bradley has plenty of opinions about his character's journey through season six.) Instead, this is a different Sam altogether: Samuel L. Jackson, who provided HBO with a profanity-filled recap of everything that's happened thus far on Game of Thrones, as only Jackson could tell it. Watch the NSFW recap here.
A Love of Thrones
The Hound's murderous rampage during the midpoint of Game of Thrones season six claimed the lives of villains like Lem Lemoncloak and more — including a character played by Canadian comedian Steve Love. As it turns out, Love's journey toward his grisly death at the Hound's hands was quite an unlikely ride, as he chronicled for Vulture.
The Mountain That Kisses
Just in case you were wondering what Gregor Clegane looks like under his Robert Strong helmet, wonder no more. Here's Hafthor Bjornsson showing off a more loving side of his murderous monster, complete with a decayed face that should make Harvey Dent feel a little bit better about himself:
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