For quite some time him this decade, when it comes to the best drama series likely to receive awards, the most certain candidate would have to be HBO’s cash cow fantasy epic “Game of Thrones”, the TV adaptation of the popular and long-delayed (in conclusion) book franchise written by George R.R. Martin. Since premiering in 2011 and running over seven seasons, the gripping saga of a grimly war-torn kingdom on the verge of a planetary apocalypse has won Outstanding Drama Series at the Primetime Emmys twice, among other awards. This year’s Emmys are no different, despite being off the small screen for a whole year.
As People tells us, the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards took place the evening of Monday, September 17 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Here, the HBO medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones”, created for television by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showed that it was still a prominent presence at occasions such as these with its seven Primetime Emmy nominations, only third place behind “American Crime Story” (9) and the 8-nom tie between “Atlanta” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”. It is quite the achievement considering the show is not even airing on HBO this 2018.
The reason for that is the ongoing production of the eighth and final season for “Game of Thrones”, with its story being set in the middle of winter necessitating late-year filming in 2017 until July this year, plus exhaustive post-production work for its various special effects. Then again, the period covered by this year’s Emmys are shows that started running (current season) between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018; with “Thrones” season 7 starting July 16 last year, this penultimate portion of the whole series run is eligible for the awards. It thus won its third Outstanding Drama Series this Monday evening, with its show-runners, cast and even original author George R.R. Martin present.
“Game of Thrones” managed to beat out some of the latest and newest show on TV nowadays, from FX’s recently-concluded “The Americans”, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “The Crown”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, NBC’s “This is Us” and fellow HBO program (and informal cash cow “successor”) “Westworld”. Its other nominations are for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress and Outstanding Directing for Drama; the only other Emmy Award victory it got was Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, beating out Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister.
On receiving the award, D.B. Weiss and Dave Benioff thanked Martin for writing the books that gave rise to their highly-acclaimed show. “This show could not be without the mad genius of George,” Benioff said on his acceptance speech, indicating the author next to him. “Thank you for letting us take care of your people.” The final season of “Game of Thrones” runs only 6 episodes and premieres early 2019.
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