Game of Thrones, HBO's epic series, is at it again as the show bagged 24 nominations for the 2015 Primetime Emmy awards. This brings network's total number of Emmy nods for this year to a whopping 126 nominations.
The show easily surpassed its earlier record of 19 nominations in a single year with its 2015 tally, which includes Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Diana Rigg, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke.
Clarke, who portrays the character of Daenerys Targaryen, expressed her excitement for her nomination but said she was equally happy for her co-star Headey's recognition as well.
"It feels bloody amazing," Clarke said of Headey. "I wholeheartedly believe that she deserves it much, much more than I do."
Just like Clarke, Headey has also been part of the show since the beginning. She plays the role of Cersei Lannister, the web spinner of plots and intrigues in Westeros, who has caused much grief and suffering for many of the shows primary characters.
Far from her characters usual deceitful antics, Headey graciously welcomed hers and Clarke's nominations as a great achievement not only for their own sake but for the show's as well.
"It's great, it's gonna be great to be up there with Emilia," Headey said. "To finally have two of us in a category, two women, it's very cool."
"Two for one, 'Game of Thrones'!"
What to Expect in 'Game of Thrones' Season 6
Both Clarke and Headey are coming off of the massive success of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The show's season finale left quite a few cliffhangers for its viewers, with Daenerys Targaryen desperately trying to keep her hold over the Slavers' Bay city of Meereen and Cersei Lannister having been publicly shamed by the Faith of the Seven following the revelation of her complicity in acts of incest and regicide.
Game of Thrones faithful also saw Jon Snow, one of the last remaining members of House Stark, brutally attacked by his own men of the Night's Watch and presumed killed, amid looming threat of the White Walkers and their undead army marching toward the Wall.
In a recent interview, Clarke told reporters that fans of the show can expect more surprises in the fifth season.
"Next season, I've said this before, but there are a lot of [moments] where you need to ... kind of need to set the scene," the Game of Thrones veteran said.
"And you have a couple of episodes where you're like, 'OK, feeding information, I get it. We're finding out about this person. And we know about that person. And oh, there's that person."
"But this season coming up, that we're about to film, there's none of that," the actress added. "It's just go, go, go, go."
"Shocking moment to shocking moment. Epic moment to epic moment. It's mental; it's epic. And definitely Dany's a part of it."
Clarke said that her character, Daenerys, was on an "upward trajectory" following her tumultuous reign in the fifth season. She explained that Dany is in the middle of learning from her past mistakes and finding out how she can become more confident about the decisions that she is about to make.
While the sixth book in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series, entitled The Winds of Winter, yet to be released,
While George R. R. Martin is yet to release the sixth book in his A Song of Fire and Ice series, entitled The Winds of Winter, fans look to draw from a few hints available to get an idea of what will happen next in the story.
According to Martin, he plans to have the book out by the time the sixth season of the show premiers in early next year. Writer of the show will take inspiration from existing material from the novels.