The final season of Game of Thrones had fans split, but one thing was certain: Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie, had one of the best character arcs of the series.
Brienne went from leading a life of serving other people to living solely for herself. Gwendoline Christie's character was a feminist icon throughout the entirety of the series and luckily made it through to the brutal end.
Christie's portrayal of Brienne's newfound independence and womanhood gave the character more depth; she grew so much in just one season that it would only make sense that she receive a nomination for her hard work. HBO didn't seem to think so, however, and didn't submit her for consideration.
There are no hard feelings, though, and self-submitting is actually a pretty common practice, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Christie became one of the four Game of Thrones women to be nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. Plus Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) also picked up noms after submitting themselves, too.
The final season allowed Brienne of Tarth to grow as a woman and a warrior.
Brienne of Tarth was both knighted in season eight and fell in love — that swiftly led to heartbreak; it is Game of Thrones after all. Christie's character arc from her first episode to the series finale was one of the strongest on the show, and her portrayal was admirable.
In an interview prior to season eight's premiere she shared some insight into Brienne's season eight change. "What I'm really happy about is that we've seen Brienne develop in many different ways, but now what we see is Brienne the woman — making her own choices and taking control of her life and responding to her own wants and desires, rather than just being in service of someone else. And, I think that that is powerful and necessary," she said.