Game of Thrones has received more Emmy nominations for its eighth and final season than any other season (so take haters!).
Here's the thing though. HBO did not press for all nominees in the actor categories, leaving the hardened stars to present themselves.
The Hollywood Reporter says Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) and their agents submitted themselves and paid the fee of 225 each US dollars to try and play in the support and guest categories.
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This does not seem like an unusual practice, but it's pretty rare that even submitted applications actually lead to nominations, which is what happened to all three.
Obviously, Thrones has a huge cast, so HBO probably looked at its potential odds and only a few penetrated.
Apparently, neither HBO's Stupser nor the three actors receiving nominations caused bad blood, which is good to hear.