‘The White Princess’ In Review: Why The Series Royally Deserves 2017 Emmy Nominations [Opinion]

For eight episodes, Starz’s The White Princess stunned fans with its exquisite storytelling, ferocious performances, and fantastic fashion. With the nominations for the 2017 Emmys right around the corner, it merits stating that The White Princess deserves to be among the buzzed-about potential nominees.

Gold Derby reports that the nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards will be announced on July 13. While The White Princess finished airing a month shy of the nominations being announced, it qualifies for consideration in this year’s Emmy race.

The White Princess would likely compete in the Limited Series category. Per Variety, that would set the Starz miniseries in direct competition with HBO’s Big Little Lies.

If you have watched, then you know The White Princess has earned every nomination it could receive and thanks to casting directors Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole, the series has a cast that can compete in every acting category. While the miniseries has unfortunately flown below the media’s widespread radar, it deserves to be a 2017 Emmy contender, and here are the reasons why.

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The case for The White Princess as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Limited Series

With genre peer, Game of Thrones stepping out of the 2017 Emmy race due to its delayed release, the 2017 Emmys are open for another medieval series to take the helm. What better show than The White Princess to take its place?

Without giant dragons, or characters rising from the dead, The White Princess took on a more realistic bearing than its genre rival. There was no coming back from the decisions made in the Starz series, and yes, they often involved shocking deaths. It is something that gave The White Princess a searing depth of reality.

When it ends, it is with a finality of fate that is grave and traumatic. When it came to portraying the cost of the crown, no show did it better than The White Princess during the 2017 Emmy season. While the show would not fill the categorical void left by Game of Thrones, it would supply the genre’s much-needed Emmy presence.

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The case for The White Princess‘ Jodie Comer as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series

Actress Jodie Comer’s steely performance as a reluctant princess turned commanding queen makes The White Princess what it is – a mental minefield. Comer’s layered portrayal of Lizzie sees her evolve from a rebellious girl to a fierce woman.

Comer effortlessly maneuvers Lizzie’s ever-changing emotions within the span of a single scene, and often on a dime. Comer’s turn zeros in on the complexity of Lizzie’s story; as she shepherds the royal through each subtle development with stunning conviction. While Lizzie is the series’ titular princess, Comer is its queen.

The case for The White Princess‘ Jacob Collins-Levy as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series

Jacob Collins-Levy’s performance is essential to making Lizzie’s loyalties land with sincere conflict. Throughout The White Princess, Collins-Levy has to play the harsh side of Henry.

So when he portrays Henry’s anguish at learning his mother’s darkest secrets and gives Henry’s “Is this what happens to a king?” monolog, it makes the vulnerable emotion that charges forth, all the more arresting.

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The case for The White Princess‘ Michelle Fairley as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series

Michelle Fairley brings the intensity as the malicious Margaret. It is a role she plays with zeal. Fairley wisely avoids camp, reaching for a nuanced portrayal that’s fevered restraint says more than bombastic villainy ever could.

The case for The White Princess‘ Patrick Gibson as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series

What makes Patrick Gibson’s heartrending performance as “The Boy” all the more impressive is how starkly it contrasts with his turn on Netflix’s winter hit, The OA. On The White Princess, Gibson gives a 180-degree performance as the righteous Richard, a telling sign of the actor’s impressive range.

Gibson’s closing monolog in Episode 8, echoes with a simultaneous pathos and defiance, few actors managed to portray during the 2017 Emmy season. Hence when Lizzie falls to the ground after her decision is rendered in the finale; the audience can feel themselves plummeting right along with her.

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Honorable mentions from The White Princess cast

Actress Amy Manson did not let a lack of dialogue hinder her emotional performance as Richard’s devoted wife, Cathy. It is a testament to Manson’s talent that Lizzie’s first hint of darkness comes during the sister-in-laws’ showdown towards the end of The White Princess. Throughout the scene, Manson portrays Cathy’s torment, but not her defeat, and the result is haunting.

As the Duchess of Burgundy, Joanne Whalley is as formidable as the grieving widow, as she is her family’s avenger, plotting the House of York’s return to power in a mighty performance.

As the bereft Maggie, actress Rebecca Benson never lets The White Princess‘ audience forget that Maggie’s wheels are always turning, in an attempt to bring her brother home. When that grief turns to rage in the finale, Benson leaves no emotional stone unturned.

The case for The White Princess as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Costume Design for a Limited Series

Costumes often tell the story beyond the story, and The White Princess‘ are no different. Lizzie’s ever-evolving wardrobe projects her journey in a way that subtly reflects the story unraveling within the corsets; Lizzie’s turn from an idealistic princess to a cutthroat queen.

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The case for The White Princess as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Directing for a Limited Series

The White Princess‘ directing team delivered a series that felt expansive and rich in atmosphere. Whether it was in battle scenes, or stirring speeches, it brought the series’ epic overtones.

The case for The White Princess as a 2017 Emmy nominee for Best Writing for a Limited Series

The final two episodes of the series worked hand-in-glove to give viewers a spellbinding final installment that merits recognition. Creating palatable tension in a story that has a well-publicized conclusion is nothing short of a wondrous achievement, and that is exactly what The White Princess‘ writing team accomplished. Their work culminated in one of the best finales of the year.

The White Princess in summation

Showrunner Emma Frost adapted Philippa Gregory’s novel with the same riveting ease she did The White Queen. Telling The White Princess in eight episodes was no easy task, and Frost heartily achieved it.

The White Princess deserves to be recognized by the Emmys. Will they get the nominations they royally deserve? Stay tuned to find out. The 2017 Emmy nominations will be announced July 13.

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