Game of Thrones, the first of its name, is now Queen of the Emmys and Protector of Prime Time TV. Long may she reign!
Since first taking the Known World by storm back in 2011, Game of Thrones has been an unstoppable force at the Emmy Awards. As of last Sunday, at the first round of the 2016 Emmys, Thrones surpassed The West Wing and Hill Street Blues to become the most awarded drama series in Emmy history, with a highly respectable 35 awards. But now, after Sunday's Part 2 of the Emmys, Game of Thrones has now seized the title of the second biggest Emmy winner of all time, with a total of 38 awards.
Previously, that title — which is also the title of most awarded fictional show of all time — was held by the classic sitcom Frasier, with 37 awards (Saturday Night Live is still the most awarded show in Emmy history, with an unbelievable 50 wins, thanks to its decades-long run.
Let's just take a moment to honor Game of Thrones in all its glory by going through each and every one of its 12 wins this year.
1. Outstanding Drama Series
For the second time in a row, Game of Thrones seized the title of Outstanding Drama Series, which is basically the most prestigious Emmy there is for a Drama.
2. Best Drama Writing
As if show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss didn't have enough to celebrate, they've now taken home their second Emmy for Best Drama Writing, thanks to "The Battle of the Bastards." They first received the award last year with "Mother's Mercy."
3. Best Directing
There have been a myriad of directors that have stepped in and out of Game of Thrones, but few have been as impactful as Miguel Sapochnik. Sapochnik directed "The Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter," the last two episodes of Season 6 and two of the most-watched episodes in TV history.
4. Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series
While none of the five talented GoT stars who were nominated this year took home titles, the casting directors (Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, and Carla Stronge) did bring home the award for best casting, which kind of means that every single actor cast in the show is outstanding, right?
5. Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries Movie Or A Special
Jane Walker, the head of the GoT makeup department, has only been with the show since 2014. Her work has received an Emmy nomination every year since she arrived. The last time GoT took home the award for Outstanding Prosthetics was in Season 4, thanks to "The Children." This year, "The Door" was the episode with the most prosthetic prowess. Both episodes heavily feature Walker's stunning designs with the earthy, ethereal Children of the Forest.
6. Outstanding Makeup For A Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
With all the TV history being made in "The Battle of the Bastards," makeup might not seem like one of the most important features of the episode. But Walker and her team had to paint the gore, sweat and filth onto the faces of Kit Harington and the other actors of the battle scene, and they did a disgustingly magnificent job.
7. Outstanding Costumes For A Period Fantasy Series, Limited Series Or Movie
Costume designer Michele Clapton had already won this award twice before for her work on GoT (Season 2 and Season 4), but Season 6 took it to the next level. From Cersei's killer coronation gown to Sansa's dramatic transformation to a powerful Northern noblewoman, Season 6 — and "The Winds of Winter" in particular — might have been the best season for costumes yet.
8. Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series Single Camera
Three episodes in particular tipped the scales in GoT's favor this year: "Blood of My Blood," "The Broken Man," and "No One." Check out the video above to meet Deborah Riley, the art direction genius behind the success of the series since 2013.
9. Outstanding Special Visual Effects
This video speaks for itself.
10. Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie
Putting together "The Battle of the Bastards" took 500 trained extras, 70 trained horses, 25 stuntmen and women and 25 days. That's a lot of stunt coordination.
11. Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
Thrones nabbed this award for the second time thanks to — drumroll please — "The Battle of the Bastards."
12. Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series One Hour
It took a lot of work to mix all those sounds of flying arrows and people getting their faces chewed off during "BotB," but luckily the GoT team was more than up to the challenge for the second year in a row and the third time overall.
What do you think about Game of Thrones's sweep at the 2016 Emmys?
[Sources: The Emmys]