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“I love him (Michael K. Williams). This (award) is his. We were brothers. I died in the series and we said goodbye to each other, so – it’s just too painful to really think about. So, I just honor him everywhere and every way I can.”

“I’m very happy, but at the same time I’m very sad because of Michael, and because we’re not doing the show. In my mind and in my spirit, it doesn’t make sense. That something that was as successful as that show was, that the powers that be could not figure it out. I’m sad for audiences that we don’t get to see, like Game of Thrones, seven years, eight years of following these characters and learning more about the time period, and learning about our people and their struggles, and where (Misha Greene’s) mind was going to go. So that’s very painful for me as a fan and me as an actor. And I’m tired of it, personally. I’m tired of that scenario. They can find a way to make a Game of Thrones, but not a Lovecraft Country.”

— Courtney B. Vance reveals, to press backstage, that winning the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy in the Guest Actor in a Drama Series category, for his portrayal of George Freeman in Lovecraft Country, was a bittersweet moment because it reminds him of fellow Lovecraft actor Michael K. Williams’s passing earlier this month and that the popular horror drama was canceled prematurely after one season. Williams was up for a posthumous Primetime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Montrose Freeman, but The Crown’s Tobias Menzies ultimately won the award. The HBO series made history as the first show to feature a Black nominee in every acting category, despite it being canceled.