Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Will Win - Max von Sydow "Game of Thrones"
Could Win - Reg E. Cathey "House of Cards", Michael J. Fox "The Good Wife", or Hank Azaria "Ray Donovan"
Should Win - Max von Sydow "Game of Thrones"
Commentary - Reg E. Cathey won last year, and has a better episode this time around, Hank Azaria is a five time Emmy winner and Ray Donovan did better than expected this year with the acting branch, and Michael J. Fox has been nominated five times for his role on The Good Wife with zero wins. These are all distinct possibilities. But in his brief role, Max von Sydow reminded us all why he is one of the best. Game of Thrones had a banner year with the acting branch, and I don't think they will pass up the chance to honor this legend.
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Will Win - Ellen Burstyn "House of Cards"
Could Win - Laurie Metcalf "Horace & Pete", Allison Janney "Masters of Sex", Margo Martindale "The Americans"
Should Win - Ellen Burstyn "House of Cards"
Commentary - Laurie Metcalf has three nominations, and the better episode. But Horace and Pete did not make much of a mark on Emmy voters. Allison Janney and Margo Martindale are the last two winners of this category, and are beloved by these voters. But I think that perpetual favorite Ellen Burstyn has the character, the episode, and the popularity to win yet another Emmy.