Will Anna Gunn join her "Breaking Bad" co-stars in the Emmy winners circle? Can "Homeland's" Mandy Patinkin best "Bad's" Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks? Do Emmy voters watch any other comedy beside "Modern Family"?
With the Emmys coming Sunday, we're considering these questions as well as laying odds on the primary categories. First, the four series supporting acting races. Here's how we see them playing out:
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Odds: 2-1. That look he gives Claire Danes when Carrie shows up in Saul's office in the season finale is just the cherry on the top of an impeccable episode and fantastic season.
Jonathan Banks, "Breaking Bad"
Odds: 3-1. He owns the most memorable death scene since ... Giancarlo Esposito's Gus Fring on the same show. But Esposito lost the Emmy last year to Aaron Paul, and we don't see a better fate for the deserving Banks in this competitive category.
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Odds: 7-2. Paul won his second Emmy last year and is beloved beyond compare. It would not be surprising in the least if he took it again for his soulful work on the show.
Odds: 8-1. Dinklage, like the actors listed above him, has a great Emmy submission, "Second Sons," an episode that actually showcases his character even more than the other nominees. If voters truly go by submission episodes alone, he'd win going away.
Odds: 20-1. Punch a priest, win an Emmy nomination. (Jon Hamm pulled off that trick too, though the target of his character's fist's fury belonged to a different denomination.) Cannavale's acting bordered on the cartoonish at times this season, but, for some, his seething remains a reason to watch.
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Odds: 50-1. He won't win. His character remains alive, though, and for this show, that's something.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Odds: Even. Skyler stages a suicide and later tells Walt she's waiting/hoping/wishing for him to die. It's the episode that turned even the haters into ardent fans.
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"