George R. R. Martin commiserates with Outlander fans following Emmys snub


George R. R. Martin is irate following Outlander being snubbed from this year’s Emmy awards.

Despite the Starz show being surprisingly popular and achieving positive reviews from critics, it achieved no major nominations when the 68th Primetime Emmy Award categories were announced on Thursday. The only nominations the show achieved were in  two categories: Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program and Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series.

One fan in particular who was infuriated by this perceived snub was George R. R. Martin, the acclaimed author of the Game of Thrones books series. A fan of the show as well as a personal friend of Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander book series, he took to his LiveJournal blog to voice his distress.

In his blog Martin stated that: “Outlander was robbed. All three leads were amazing… especially Tobias Menzies in his double role as Frank and Black Jack”.

Martin didn’t stop there, expressing further disapproval of the Academy’s decisions when he claimed that: “Eva Green also deserved a nomination for her work in Penny Dreadful“. 

Despite being upset at the lack of recognition for Outlander, Martin was thrilled at the impressive 23 nominations that his own show, Game of Thrones, had earned

Martin expressed delight over all the nominations, commenting: “I am thrilled and happy for all our nominees, of course…but it made me especially happy to see Kit and Maisie get some love from the academy at last”. Of course Martin’s joy didn’t stop him from taking another hit at the Academy, complaining that the recognition that Kit Harington and Maisie Williams finally received was “About damn time, I say. They are several years overdue. (And I would have loved to see Sophie Turner on that list as well. I know, I know, I’m greedy)”.

Fans of the Game of Thrones will have to wait until this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards airs to see if the show can win Best Drama Series for the second year in a row.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards airs on ABC on 18th September. To see if you agree with Martin, watch the trailer for Outlander season 1 below:






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