WiCnet Awards Season Two: Best Actor
By Winter Is Coming on in Awards.

Here it is. The final category for season two’s WiCnet Awards. Who was the best actor of the season? This was another tough category to narrow down and should be a close race. Take your pick from the five nominees and then discuss the selections, and champion your choice, in the comments below!


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137 Comments

  1. TheLightningLord
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Peter Dinklage was amazing. But I had to go with Alfie Allen. He was incredible.

  2. H. López de Victoria
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Dinklage, again.

  3. Tomer Segal
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Alfie really impressed me. he dseresves the gold

  4. Omar Brown
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    The Dink is awesome, but Alfie really impressed this season.

  5. Ghost of Harrenhal
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Peter delivered again this season but Alfie was amazing as Theon. His conversation with Luwin and his speech in episode 10 were some of my favorite scenes in the whole season for Theon

  6. Javi Marcos
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Alfie

  7. Steelyuhas
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Dinklage. Dude owns the screen.

  8. George
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Alfie Allen was in a league of his own 2nd season.

  9. Kristen T-D
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Dillane for sure. I would have said Alfie, but Dillane really made me enjoy Stannis’ character more than I ever have before.

  10. Hannah
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Alfie by far this season. I hope people just don’t automatically vote for Dinklage, because Allen just did an incredible job with his extra screentime this year.

  11. The Greatsteve
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Where’s Sean Bean?

    Kidding. Alfie Allen wasn’t even on my radar last year but he sure is now. He was in some of my favorite scenes of Season 2 so he’s got my vote. Can’t take anything away from Peter though he was stellar this season as well but Alfie really stuck out.

  12. patchy face
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Sorry guys – wanted to give the benefit of the doubt to another of the great actors this year, but Dinklage just blew everyone away. Go back and watch – he just owns the season.

  13. kingslayer
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Deliberated for a while, but had to go with Alfie. He had some great scenes this series, and gave his character a lot of depth, which is hard when everyone sees you as the ‘bad guy’.

  14. Kelsey
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    SO HAPPY THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE SAYING ALFIE

    The entire cast is obviously amazing, but Alfie just nailed Theon. His expressions really captured everything Theon was going through and it was just perfect adfslkjdafsjkl
    i have lost the ability to grammar

  15. Sara
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Alfie all the way. I’ve always liked him but was completely blown away by his performance this season.

  16. Maria Batsiou
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ll go with Alfie this season! He deserves the spotlight for his perfomance! A pleasant surprise!

  17. Carne
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Dinklage was great as usual, but I’ll have to give my vote to Alfie this time.

  18. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
  19. darquemode
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Easy for me, Dinklage.
    Charles Dance was great in limited screen time. Alfie Allen was great with more screen time this season and certainly had some brilliant moments, but not as many as Dinklage for me.

    Dinklage made nothing scenes brilliant and brilliant scenes superb. I base my vote on the best actor each year and not most improved or who I have not voted for before… Dinklage gets my vote again.

  20. Caro H
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I also think Alfie was the best- last season i didn’t really care much about his character, but his preformance in S2 was really great. Dinklage was amazing as well of course, but even Charles Dance did a pretty good job at making me dislike a bit less Tywin’s character

  21. The Young Wolf
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Alfie Allen was incredible this season. Have to vote for him. I think I’ve watched him be-head Ser Rodrik at least 15 times, still gives me the chills every time.

  22. lanni
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I loved everything, but Alfie Allen was absolutely incredible. He did such good justice for my favorite character. Literally all I could ask for and more.

  23. Maester Tcost
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I have to question the list of nominees. Kit Harrington should have been up there, and so should Richard Madden. Charles Dance was excellent in a supporting role, and while you can make an argument for Dillane deserving a nomination in this category, he should not have been at the expense of Harrington or Madden. And while Isaac did fine, his performance being listed here mystifies me.

    Dinklage was great. I voted for Alfie Allen.

  24. Not Today
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    For some reason that’s been by far the easiest one to choose for me this year. That says a lot about his performance. Especially since I still think the other nominees were terrific as well.

    Alfie Allen.

  25. Bianca
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I think Jack Gleeson should be in the poll.

  26. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    A woman might have to think about this a bit, only because Dinklage and Allen were both A+ in every scene this season. Both were so good, it would be totally legitimate to call it a tie in this woman’s opinion for this season. However, Dinklage probably had more scenes to carry, and therefore will probably vote for him. But maybe not. Will think on it a few days.

  27. Hear Me Roar
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Alfie impressed me the most, no doubt about it.

  28. Gaelicat
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I have to vote for Alfie.

    His performance was so subtle, and he made me sympathize with Theon throughout his transformation, even when I just wanted to throttle the guy in aCoK. It was really something to see him play his character on two levels (the superficial-snarky Theon versus the brooding-doubt-ridden Theon) and see him achieve it without giving us a Gollum/Smeagol pastiche. Can’t wait to see his performance next season as he begins to “reek,” kukuku…

    -Cat

  29. Calli
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    The two standouts for me this past season were Peter and Alfie and since Peter has an Emmy and a shot at another one this year (and i don’t get an Emmy vote), my WICnet vote is going to Alfie.

  30. Joshua Taylor
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I thought Dinklage usurped Sean Bean’s spot quite well. He was fantastic.

    But it’s a tie between Dillane and Allen for me. Dillane’s uncharismatic charisma, unintentional humour and sense of akwardness does it for me though.

    So Dillane it is.

  31. KG
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Bianca,

    Agreed.

  32. Kit
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Had to vote for Dillane, since he really brings it in all of his scenes (his line delivery in his scene in ep 8 on board the ship is stunning, equal to that of Dinklage and Conleth Hill, and regardless of what you think of the writing in his episode 10 scene, his FACE there is so tormented it’s astonishing) and is head and shoulders above most of the rest (possible exception: Charles Dance) in terms of sheer experience, but all of these guys were great. Alfie Allen was also extremely impressive and really rose to the challenge of being Theon, Dance was magnetic each time he was on screen, and Isaac is as impressive as the girls; I’m so looking forward to his interactions with the Reeds next year.

    I didn’t vote for Dinklage not because of any problems with him (flawless Tyrion, flawless humanity all around) but simply because he already gets a lot of recognition for his role and I like to spread the love around. They’re all great actors and it feels like comparing apples to oranges sometimes in choosing among them.

    In terms of why Richard and Kit aren’t nominated–while Kit definitely is a starring actor in his own storyline, Richard isn’t necessarily. He’s certainly moreso than in the books, and as a character show!Robb definitely is who, you feel, the showrunners want you to emotionally connect with and root for as far as the North goes, but nothing about his acting particularly stands out, at least for me. Kit is similar in terms of not standing out, but that’s in part because of the way he reads on screen and the writing (Jon is relatively “boring” compared to a fiery redheaded wildling, for instance). Neither of them is bad at all, just not compulsively watchable (for me anyway, in terms of acting) like the five nominees here.

  33. The Young Wolf
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Gleeson was nominated for best supporting actor, so go vote for him there. I did.

  34. Tír Airgid
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Alfie stole the season for me. He was such a compelling Theon! He really stepped up to the plate.

  35. Aegon the Conqueror
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Easy one for me, though I think I’ll be in the minority. Waiting with bated breath to hear when the winners will be announced.

  36. Maegor The Cruel
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Alfie fucking owned the role of Theon. He definitely stepped up his game this past season and I’m sure that he’ll continue to, considering the places Theon goes to. But the real surprise to me last season was Stephan Dillane. Goddamn! His portrayal of Stannis was chilling. His role in the show during Blackwater even surpassed what he did during the battle in the book. Because of Dillane, when I honestly think of the kinds of leaders that we need in real life, I think of Stannis Baratheon. Fearless, hard, honest, doesn’t suck up to the wealthy, rewards good deeds and punishes the bad equally. He should be the president and Davos should be vice president. Baratheon/Seaworth 2012 hahaha!

  37. Alex Also
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Before you started these awards, I had always thought it must be nice to be a member of the Academy Award giving group, getting all those ‘incentive to consider’ this or that performance. Now I think you couldn’t pay me enough to do it. This is really hard. In the end there are many occasions when you can’t judge fairly, it’s just a matter of pick one.

    Allen.

  38. House Snow
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Peter was good but I still can’t believe he got the emmy nom over Alfie. One of my favorite characters in a TV show ever.

  39. Queenofthorns
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I voted for dillane, I fucking love what he did with Stannis. Really unexpected way of portraying th character. Understated yet powerful performance, with that touch of dry humor that makes me love Stannis from the books.

    The dink was good, but I liked his Tyrion better last season. Alfie was also astonishing, in particular in the letter writing scene, but he ws really helped by the writers adding so much sympathy to his story…

  40. Hassan Madkour
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Alfie Allen all the way! He really shows the struggle inside him, and his speech was worthy of songs. Peter Dinklage would have been the vest if it weren’t for him though.

  41. anuhealani
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Dillane for sure from this group. How an actor can so accurately play a man known for his lack of charisma and still make me root for him, I will never understand. Every mannerism, every twitch of every muscle in his face was perfection, even when the writing for Stannis was less than stellar.

  42. TheBull
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    How could this even be up for debate? Alfie owned this season

  43. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh great, now ya’ll are making a woman think about Dillane too…damn you Thronerosi! JK… : – )

  44. The Instrumentalist
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Ooh Alfie get up it’s a brand new day, I just can’t sit back and watch you waste your life away! You need to get a job because the bills need to get paid – get off your lazy arse, Alfie, please use your brain!

    I think he’s doing alright for himself now Lily ;)

  45. caravaggio
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Had to give it to Allen. The guy really stepped it up this season. He was essentially just background fodder last season. I can’t wait to see what he does with Theon in Season 3.

  46. robb17
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely hate the best actor/actress, supporting actor/actress category since everyone nominated are so freaking brilliant. its a tough choice but had to go with Alfie. he potrayed the conflict in Theon perfectly.

  47. KatyaJ
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Everyone on this list is fantastic, but Isaac Hempstead-Wright is the only one who killed me with a look this season. Kid didn’t even need to deliver a line!

  48. Viv
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Bianca,

    Exactly my response. when I saw the poll he was the one I immediately thought about

  49. Ours is the Fury
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Jack Gleeson should not be in this poll because he was in the Best Supporting Actor category which was voted on weeks ago. This is the final category, actually.

  50. Alan
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Dillane and Allen were both awesome, but if I’m being honest and not dinging him for being awesome the year before as well, it has to be Dinklage. So good and so much range exhibited.

  51. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    KatyaJ:
    Everyone on this list is fantastic, but Isaac Hempstead-Wright is the only one who killed me with a look this season. Kid didn’t even need to deliver a line!

    You are so right, a woman is getting more confused now reading everybody’s comments! AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGH!

  52. Andrew Eng
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    House Snow:
    Peter was good but I still can’t believe he got the emmy nom over Alfie.One of my favorite characters in a TV show ever.

    I must respectfully disagree. As good as Allen was, Dinklage still turned in the best performance on the show this year, just like last year (though tied with Sean Bean). Allen had little chance of getting in, barring the Emmys embracing GoT like they embraced Downton Abbey this year. The Emmy voters in general don’t like young male actors, regardless of the quality of their performances. You’ll notice that very few actors under the age of 40 get nominated in Drama Supporting Actor, unless your name is Aaron Paul (who deservingly earned his nom, BTW). And finally, Dinklage WON the damn Emmy last year. That, rightly or wrongly, almost guarantees you to return the next year. In Dinklage’s case, it is well earned. It seems that Dinklage is the sole acting representative of GoT at awards shows and, if only one actor gets in, I won’t disagree should he continue to deliver.

    As for the other 3 actors on this list, I would have nominated Charles Dance, but in Guest Actor. But he didn’t submit his name. And he couldn’t submit for Guest Actor anyway since he was credited as a series regular. So, even if he did submit his name, it would have to be in Supporting Actor, and I’d have to sadly leave him out. The Breaking Bad duo of Giancarlo Esposito and Aaron Paul, as well as the Justified duo of Walton Goggins and Neal McDonough, would push Dance out of the category. As for Dillane, he’d be in consideration, but I don’t think he got enough to do this year. Like Dance, he would be better suited for Guest Actor. Hempstead Wright, I would not nominate. I don’t share the enthusiasm for him that some on this site do.

    And no way would Harington or Madden make my list. Harington, last year, WOULD make my top 6, along with Dinklage and Aidan Gillen. But this year, Harington didn’t get enough to do. And his scenes that were good (mainly with Ygritte) were stolen by Rose Leslie. As for Madden, his whole subplot with Talisa was one of the least interesting ones this year, and he didn’t do enough to warrant consideration.

  53. uno0
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Maegor the Cruel: I LOL’d at your comment – I so agree, in this political season, in the USA, I think Stannis would do well!

  54. uno0
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Maegor The Cruel:
    Alfie fucking owned the role of Theon. He definitely stepped up his game this past season and I’m sure that he’ll continue to, considering the places Theon goes to. But the real surprise to me last season was Stephan Dillane. Goddamn! His portrayal of Stannis was chilling. His role in the show during Blackwater even surpassed what he did during the battle in the book. Because of Dillane, when I honestly think of the kinds of leaders that we need in real life, I think of Stannis Baratheon. Fearless, hard, honest, doesn’t suck up to the wealthy, rewards good deeds and punishes the bad equally. Heshould be the president and Davos should be vice president. Baratheon/Seaworth 2012 hahaha!

    I didn’t quote this in my reply, but I should have! Where does one join up to work for the Stannis/Davos campaign?

  55. Ash
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    The look stannis gives when he says thousands will die wins it for Dillain.

  56. Lazlo Woodbine
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Charles Dance just pips Stephen Dellane for my vote. I thought Isaac Hempstead-Wright was really improved from his already good first season performance too.

    I can’t for the life of me see why so many people on here think Alfie Allen is very good. Not saying he’s the worst actor ever, but up against the talent of most of the rest of the cast he doesn’t come close. Instead of conveying emotion, he just seems to get louder.

  57. Nezzer
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    That’s a hard one. Alfie Allen did a fantastic job, so did all the others, but I was between Alfie and Stephen Dillane. As Alfie has already got a lot of support, I had to go with Big Steve on this one. He won me with this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Z30yMVIEM

  58. dubq
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Alfie was great, don’t get me wrong but best actor is pushing it. Supporting actor maybe, but even then I didn’t see him putting forth anymore than a lot of the other secondary actors. Either way I think this award should go to Dance or Dillane. Both are tremendous in their roles and actually become the characters. I just don’t see that with Alfies Theon.

  59. Arthur
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    I went with Dillane as Stannis.

    The others were also amazing but the little time that Dillane had in comparison with most of the others mentioned was superb. He really brought Stannis to life. They all did a great job but I feel Dillane was just totally in character and nailed every breath, movement and line.

  60. dubq
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Lazlo Woodbine,

    This is true. I see an actor playing a part with Theon. With Tywin an Stannis I see only the characters.

  61. Coltaine777
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Alfie Allen for me …

  62. Lazlo Woodbine
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    dubq: Lazl

    Exactly. Even though I’ve seen Charles Dance in many things, he always just seems like Tywin in the series. Alfie Allen is always Alfie Allen.

    I’m not saying he should be sacked immediately or anything. He doesn’t detract from the series, but I hope he doesn’t win this poll.

  63. Serena
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    … and as a character show!Robb definitely is who, you feel, the showrunners want you to emotionally connect with and root for as far as the North goes…

    Worked for me. Because of Richard Madden Robb Stark is my favorite character. Show!Robb is much more interessting and intriguing than book!Robb and Richard Madden is gorgeous. But I have to admit that he had not so much good scences this season.

    I can not understand the hype about Alfie Allen. I don’t think he is that good.

    For me the best actor ist definitly Peter Dinklage. He totally deserves the Emmy nomination! So I voted for him.

    Sorry for my english, I usually speak german.

  64. Winturd
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Sean Bean, Mark Addy, and Conleth hill were/are the only good male actors on the show.. unfortunately 2 of them are dead and one is not on this list, so I am not voting for this one.

  65. sjwenings
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Alfie or Peter, Alfie or Peter??

    I just don’t know – my head hurts thinking on this so early in the morning!

    F*ck it – Allen! Peter will have my vote next year, for sure!

  66. Currer Bell
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    OFF TOPIC WARNING

    One did promise not to waste others’ time but one finds this such an interesting coincidence that one just has to ask. One has been watching Strike Back *guilty pleasure blush* Liam Cunningham, Iain Glen, and Charles Dance have all appeared as guest villains in multiple episodes. Is there some connection between the people who do the casting of GoT and those who cast SB? Is this general knowledge that everyone else has long been aware of and one embarrasses oneself by mentioning the obvious? One is a relative newbie here.

  67. Tar Kidho
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Lazlo Woodbine: Instead of conveying emotion, he just seems to get louder.

    That’s my feeling exactly. I really love Alfie as Theon, except in the cases when emotions flare high. But even so, I’m happy to see that Alfie gets so much love.

    To continue the controversial opinions: In Dinklage’s case it’s difficult to separate his acting from the awesomnes of his character. Sarcasm is not only the lowest form of humor (who was it that said that on this board some time ago?), it is also the easiest to act. Just like with Theon, when things got to high drama (like in the famous speech in Blackwater), I think we get to see the limitations of Peter’s acting skills. Also, in the scenes together with Lena Heady this year I’d say that Lena owned Peter, and that should not be possible for the ‘Best Actor’. For these reasons, even though I absolutely love Peter in 95% of his scenes, I don’t see him as the best actor.

    Isaac remains acting on a level stunning for someone so young, and Dillane was almost perfect as Stannis, but in terms of shear acting ability, nobody does better than Charles Dance in my opinion. Isaac will probably catch up with him in the near future, but for now Tywin still shits all the gold!

  68. Macha
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Tough one for me. Peter Dinklage was ace, as always, and I love Stephen Dillane to bits, but this was Alfie’s season, as far as I’m concerned. So Alfie it is.

  69. Lars
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Charles Dance for sure

  70. Lyonel the Red
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    I had to go with Peter Dinklage. But both Charles Dance and Stephen Dillane really impressed me. The rest were awsome as well, but these 3 were who many times gave me chills.

    Peter in the first Tyrion-Cersei conversation of the season for example. One of the best Tyrion-Cersei moment.

    Charles Dance was stunning.

    And Stephen Dillane. Oh one of my fav scenes of the season, when Stannis tells Davos that he’ll lead the fleet to Blackwater bay. He was brilliant there, a perfect Stannis.

  71. John
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Don’t get all the Alfie Allen votes. He was fine, but I think people are vastly overrating his performance. Further evidence that no matter how bad an expert list or vote is, the fan vote is almost inevitably worse. Honestly, I much preferred Richard Madden’s performance (and Jack Gleeson’s) to Allen’s. It’s Peter Dinklage, hands down, followed by Charles Dance.

  72. hhhh
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Jack Gleeson was snubbed, again. -.- He’s brilliant as Joffrey! And we don’t really have much time left to show appreciation for his performance, do we? -.-

  73. wyvernwood
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Lazlo Woodbine:
    Charles Dance just pips Stephen Dellane for my vote.I thought Isaac Hempstead-Wright was really improved from his already good first season performance too.

    I can’t for the life of me see why so many people on here think Alfie Allen is very good.Not saying he’s the worst actor ever, but up against the talent of most of the rest of the cast he doesn’t come close.Instead of conveying emotion, he just seems to get louder.

    I agree, Alfie has seemingly just been himself on screen, albeit with some shouty bits.

    Acting wise, Charles Dance shows his experience every time he’s on screen, he portrays the arrogance, attitude, and even vulnerability of the man in simply the way he stands and glances almost sideways. You always get a sense of the plotting and scheming going on behind the eyes. And that is before he speaks.

    Shoot me down if you like, but I think people tend to vote for their favourite characters rather than best acting in these polls.

  74. Kieran E
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Dinklage was delightful as ever, and excellent, but I think Alfie pips him to best actor with his character’s journey. He managed to retain a glimmer of sympathy even as he went down a very dark path.

    That said, Dance is without doubt the actor with the most presence, dominating every scene he was in (with Tywin actually dominating scenes he wasn’t even in as well, with his kids discussing him), and I have to give Dillane a lot of credit; Stannis lacks charisma, has been hypocritical at times, and dickish, but Dillane has made his lack of charisma, for wont of a better word, charismatic, and he’s now one of my favourites.

    Some real talent on this show.

  75. Kieran E
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    hhhh,
    “Jack Gleeson was snubbed, again. -.- He’s brilliant as Joffrey! ”

    I think Gleeson’s problem in a best actor decision is that while a brilliant portrayal, for the most part it ends up being very one note. That doesn’t diminish how well he captures sadistic, cowardly, petty Joffrey, but all the other contenders have gotten to show more range, which gives them an edge when people assess.

    Some of my favourite Joffrey moments are actually those bits where he shows a bit more depth – discussing his idea of kingship and central authority with Cersei in season 1, his apparent uncertainty about what to do during Blackwater before leaving the battle (rather than just immediately leave as his mother ordered).

  76. blackbird7309
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Please don´t throw anything at me, but I just don´t like Alfie Allen. That guy gives me the creeps :( As some people already said, he´s always still Alfie, while Charles Dance is Tywin and Dinklage is Tyrion. The Imp got my vote, because Dance just hadn´t enough to do. I´d loved to vote for Kit, but the poor guys´ storyline was completely ruined by the writers…maybe next season.

  77. The Kingshaver
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    If Alfie Allen gives you the creeps, count yourself as lucky; he is playing a creepy character. I would consider that good casting. Theon is meant to be a creepy little sod.

  78. Olive
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Had to go wit Alfie on this one! Absolutely fantastic!

  79. the other guy
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Dinklage, Diliane and Dance. The three of them are simply too good, I just can’t choose :/

  80. Andrea
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Not much of a choice. I say Dinklage, always the best.

  81. Ryan
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Maester Tcost,

    Well if anyone besides dinklage and Allen get any votes, it will be a surprise so it doesn’t really matter who they put up there.

  82. Rygar
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Charles Dance is in a class all by himself.

  83. K26dp
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    All deserving. I voted Dinklage, but a great argument could be made for all of these gentlemen.

  84. Ours is the Fury
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Kieran E,

    Ah I think Gleeson’s problem is that he was already nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

    As was Conleth Hill.
    See?

  85. Maegor The Cruel
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    uno0,

    Right? I would kill for a leader like Stannis over these fucking cheesemongers hahaha. Both the RNC and DNC should be dissolved completely and one unified party should take it’s place. One that actually gives a shit about it’s people and is concerned with more than just trying to save face and appease everyone. A party that focuses it’s resources on the betterment of the human race and not lining the pockets of the scumfucks who put them in office. Just saying…

  86. Al Swearengen
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Dinklage once again dominated for me he’s just in another league to everyone else, well except from Dance but he didn’t really feature enough to warrant best actor IMO.

    And I have nothing against Alfie Allen but just don’t rate him as an actor, he’s above average.

  87. nici
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    alfie was amazing, so i voted for him. if i didn’t vote for him though, i’d have gone with stephen.

  88. queenofthorns
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    I’m having trouble figuring out how you guys determined best actor vs. best supporting categories. Can you shed some light on this? What criteria did you use to determine who would be considered for each category? From this list, Tywin in particular seems to fit much better in the supporting category.

  89. Zack
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    As the resident Theon fanboy I’ve got to vote for Alfie. I think there’s nothing wrong whatsoever with either the writing for that character or his acting. He gave a very funny, intense, and surprisingly moving performance over the course of the season, with each of his scenes back on Pike as my personal favorites.

    But I don’t think any of the other contenders are unworthy, and I’d say you chose the right 5 to highlight. Dillane is so perfect as Stannis, he gets my 2nd choice.

    eta: Holy cow! Yay at all the Alfie votes :)

  90. Ours is the Fury
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    The general idea is whether that performer is the male/female lead within their storyline or not. Bran, Tyrion, Stannis, and Theon are definitely male leads within their storylines. An argument could be made for Iain Glen (who was nominated in Supporting weeks ago) to be in this category but it’s too late now. Charles Dance was the major male actor in the Arya-centered storyline though, given how many long scenes they had together.

  91. Cary Storm
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Dinklage, by a longshot.

  92. jkb
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    dinklage shminklage, allen shmalen

    voted isaac ;p

  93. MedievalFantasy
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Went with Alfie, no brainer. He gave off one of the strongest performances this season, and I’m constantly praising it. Dinklage will get all the attention from the bigger awards, so I think Alfie deserves the WiC award.

  94. Khyle
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Alfie Allen did a great job and I think he surprised all of us.

    But Dinklage is just too good. He had to replace the great Sean Bean as the “front man” of the series (not an easy thing to do at all) and he did so excellently. He was born for this role. He is Tyrion. Dinklage has my vote.

  95. Maegor The Cruel
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I also can’t wait to see more of Gemma Whelan as Asha/Yara. The few scenes she had were excellent and she really pulls off being ironborn.

  96. Tom
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Had to go with Mr. Dance, his scenes may be few, but he hits the nail in he head as Tywin

  97. Lana
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    I voted for Dance as well – he is stupendous, an absolute master. He gave such substance and nuance to what I had considered a rather flat character; his Tywin was real, he was everything.

  98. tysnow
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Alfie, the way his character evolved on such an emotional level was astounding to watch. Peter improved over last season’s, but I was expecting that.
    Btw WiC, where is the thread for Lena’s EWwy victory, and I hope everyone on this site goes to see Dredd to support her, the fact the film is receiving rave reviews helps give us an excuse.

  99. Stark fan in Vegas
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Easily Alfie Allen. His performance from the look he has when he burns the letter, to the scene with Ser Roderick, the scene when he drops the curtain on the farmers boys, the speech he gives in the last episode. Should’ve been nominated for an Emmy!

  100. Stark fan in Vegas
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Love the site! First time commenting. Watched the first season, then read all the books. Never enjoyed fantasy until now. Can’t get enough of Westeros. Whoever runs this site, thank you!

  101. ieiazel
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Easiest poll so far! All the nominees were amazing, but Alfie Allen was hands down the best actor of the season. I’m extremely glad that most people seem to think the same :D

    Lazlo Woodbine:

    I can’t for the life of me see why so many people on here think Alfie Allen is very good.Not saying he’s the worst actor ever, but up against the talent of most of the rest of the cast he doesn’t come close.Instead of conveying emotion, he just seems to get louder.

    Well, you just have to look at his eyes when he talks with Maester Cressen before Winterfell is taken. Or when he talks with his father at Pyke. Or when he is baptised in the beach. He doesn’t have to talk to be more compelling than most actors on this list.

    Al Swearengen:

    And I have nothing against Alfie Allen but just don’t rate him as an actor, he’s above average.

    Sorry, but what does that mean?

  102. Lazlo Woodbine
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Theon has one of the best story arcs in ASOIAF. It’s a fantastic role for an actor to really sink his teeth in. Alfie is ok, but with such a great, conflicted character I just feel that he isn’t delevering the kind of unforgettable performance that the role deserves.

  103. Queenofthorns
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    Hmm.. I’d say for Aryas story both j’aquen and gendry were as important as Tywin. Moreover, Arya was pretty much the lead in her story. Not every arc has to have both a male and female lead (Ygritte in Jon’s story, for example, is definitely supporting, not lead).

    Anyhoo. Cool to hear what the process was.

  104. Joh
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I loved Charles Dance this season, so I had to vote for him. It’s the voice. He may not look like the Tywin Lannister I pictured when I read the books, but he sounds exactly like him.

    Alfie Allen also deserves applause for this season, but I’d like to see how his character develops in future seasons. Something tells me we haven’t seen the best of him.

    Of course Peter Dinklage was amazing, but I feel like that goes without saying and wanted to see another actor recognized this time around. That isn’t to say that Dinklage doesn’t deserve best actor.
    My goodness, when he cried in that last scene with Sibyl Kekilli, I started crying.

    And his scenes with Conleth Hill? Some of the best Tv I’ve seen.

  105. Ryan
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I love Dinklage, and he’s my favorite actor on the show, but Allen was amazing this year. Also, how does Charles Dance qualify for this award. I thought he was great and would have won the supporting actor award.

  106. Two Feathers
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Isaac gets my vote for his brilliant performance in the Ser Rodrik execution scene.
    Dinklage did his usual great work, but to me Alfie was just mehhh!….;p

  107. Rhaegar
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I think Jack Gleeson did a great job, he should be in the poll.

  108. mimi
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    darquemode:
    Easy for me, Dinklage.
    Charles Dance was great in limited screen time. Alfie Allen was great with more screen time this season and certainly had some brilliant moments, but not as many as Dinklage for me.

    Dinklage made nothing scenes brilliant and brilliant scenes superb. I base my vote on the best actor each year and not most improved or who I have not voted for before… Dinklage gets my vote again.

    darquemode,

    **This** (Thanks for putting my thoughts into pretty words….)

  109. Ours is the Fury
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Rhaegar,

    You might want to skim the comments in this post already.

  110. dubq
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    ieiazel,

    Maester Cressen? Think you mean Luwin.

  111. Lex
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    STANNIS! The rightful king of Westeros.

    Theon’s a close second.

  112. Ren Snow
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Isaac. Amazing work of a young actor during Ser Rodrik’s execution

  113. Abyss
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Off-Topic:
    There is a Dunk and Egg webseries on Kickstarter. Looks promising!
    Raise your banners House Gatewatch!

  114. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, Peter or Alfie…… this is hard. Think I’ll go with Dinklage but I’d be happy to see either win.

  115. MRR
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I think that Dance and Dillane, while both strong, didn’t have a lot of range in their parts this season to justify a “best actor” title. Allen has my vote – the turmoil he conveys in some of his scenes in Winterfell (chopping off Rodrik’s head, especially) was amazing.

  116. Tereeza777
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Alfie Allen – his scenes with Bran, Dagmer, Rodrick, Yara, Osha, and Balon were all great – a terrible homecoming leads him to do terrible things – and he played that perfectly. On the bright side, Alfie also showed us the “Full Monty” in season 1 and that was very much appreciated by all the fangirls!

  117. fres
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Hard to decide between Dinklage, Allen and Dillane. However, it is a good problem to have :)

    Anyway, decided to give my vote to Alfie Allen because he made a character that I barely like in a book very interesting.

  118. loco73
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    This was the thoughest category yet! Soo many great performances this year, a fact which seems to constantly escape the folks over at the Emmys…Dinklage’s Tyrion is a perennial favourite, to say that he inhabits the character would not do justice to what this man has been able to acomplisn on GoT! Now that I’ve started on ” A Feast Crows”, even when Tyrion’s name is mentioned I cannot help but automatically picture Peter Dinklage’s features!

    Alfie Allen is another strong and most welcome presence on the show, and it appears from the comments that many agree, so I guess he’ll get a high number of votes. Dillane is brilliant as ever, and has added so many more layers to Stannis, actually improving on the book character if I may say so…

    In the end though I had to go with Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister! Sure at first glance his effectiveness as a character could be attributed mainly to the brilliant casting skills of one Nina Gold and Robert Sterne, but Dance does soo much more with the old Lion of the Rock. His performance is wonderfully subtle and nuanced and he adds degrees and shades of depth and substance to the Lannister patriarch. One must watch very closely and with great care Dance’s performance and be amazed at the level of skill and talent this man displays each and every time he appears on-screen. This guys puts on an acting clinic every time!

    In his case I could believe that Tywin Lannister does indeed shit gold!

  119. loco73
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah forgot to mention Isaac as Bran, he should have definitelhy gotten a Emmy nomination, one of many the cast should have gotten!

  120. Balerion
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Alfie Allen was masterclass this season

  121. Eleanor
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    AA will run away with this but IHS was also brilliant.

  122. Lost Northern
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I must say that I am deceived to see most people vote for Dinklage or Alfie.But I agree those two actors were ABSOLUTELY fantastic.But these actors had a lot if time on screen (alfie less than dinklage) but still I mean Charles Dance (in my opinion) was the best actor even when he has way less screen time than the others.He impressed me do much that for me,he was better than dinklage.

  123. Gorrean
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Alfie Allen did it for me this season, beating Peter Dinklage to the punch. His scenes were simply one terrific performance after the other.
    Quite impressive indeed!

  124. Winterdark
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Allmost voted for Charles Dance but then he’s not really a main character and he was bested only very slightly by Stephen Dillane: I really hated that casting choice when it got announced but he completely utterly nailed Stannis.

  125. NOC
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    The emmy’s might like Dinklage, but for this season, I have to give it to Alfie Allen. He made us empathize with the character.

  126. Nowitzki
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Dinklage, no question about that. he was awesome

  127. lonas
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Theons baptisme was my fav scene from the entire second season, thanks obviously to Alfies charisma.

    I go for Alfie as the “break through” performance. But Peter is still the winner.

  128. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    A woman went for Alfie Allen after all, tough decision though. When will we see the winners?

  129. Rygar
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I understand all the love for Alfie, and I am not trying to discredit his skills, but props must be given to the writers for his character depevelopment in S2. It is a role that I am sure any actor would love the chance to play because there was so much depth and therefore their performance is enhanced and highlighted.

    Charles Dance, on the other hand, actually will shit gold when asked to.

  130. Old_Gran
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    OK, I voted for Alfie, but.. You know the drill.

  131. lovesduncan
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Without a doubt, all are deserving but Alfie got my vote.

    When will the results be presented?

  132. Jim
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    God, it was a hard choice between Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage, but i had to go with Peter.

  133. Hear Me Roar
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    Thanks for tirelessly and patiently educating the complainers :)

  134. Daniel Willis
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Bianca:
    I think Jack Gleeson should be in the poll.

    THIS

  135. Ceci
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Announce the winners!!!

  136. Wildling
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I can’t even decide if I’m going to go with Allen or Dillane. Dinklage did an amazing job this year, sure, but that was to be expected. Dance was brilliant, too, and Isaac had some really heartbreaking scenes. But Alfie Allen delivered the hard role of Theon better than anyone expected, I believe, and Stephen Dillance made a perfect Stannis, who is really hard to portray. Oh dear, oh dear.

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