In addition to the multi-millions of passionate and diverse fans who religiously tune in to the show each week, it's becoming harder and harder to deny that Game of Thrones is one of the best pieces of television, not just of this generation, but of all time.
In a prelude to this Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards, the hit HBO drama took home nine awards at last nights Creative Arts Emmys — the ceremony focusing on all things technical and behind-the-scenes — making it the most awarded drama series in Emmy history with a total of 35 wins.
The wildly-popular fantasy adaptation of George R. R. Martin's acclaimed series of novels leapfrogged TV royalty The West Wing and Hill Street Blues, both of which have won 26 Emmys.
And much like Cersei Lannister's ardent quest for power, there are no signs of award recognition slowing down. This year, Game of Thrones was nominated for 23 Emmys, taking its overall nominations to an outstanding 110. With nine more nominations vying for the top-spot next week, there are even more records for the taking.
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Records Are There To Be Broken
Saturday Night Live is currently reining supreme with 48 wins, helped by its longevity. Yet second on that list, and one of the best sitcoms of all time, comes Frasier, which has a total of 37 wins. Considering Game of Thrones is now only two behind, with more potential goodies to come, it could surpass this feat within the next week.
The show is a heavy favorite to take home the Outstanding Drama Series with the bookies, who tend to have a knack for being right in these situations. Having won the same award last year, Thrones would have to win three times in a row to tie with the total number of wins in that category (Hill Street Street Blues, L.A. Law, The West Wing and Mad Men all have four wins.)
In addition to the best show, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams both circle the top for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Peter Dinklage is an outside bet for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
The expected victor to trump Dinklage — who has been nominated for every season so far, winning twice — would be fellow cast member Kit Harington, nominated for his performance in "Battle of the Bastards." That epic episode alone looks set break records; to date, the most awards for a single episode is four, awarded to E.R's pilot episode, "Love's Labor Lost."
Is "Battle Of The Bastards" The Best Television Episode Of All Time?
Having already matched that with four wins last night, "Battle of the Bastards" is still up for another three. The episode is favorite to win for Outstanding Directing (Miguel Sapochnik directed that episode) and also Harington, as mentioned above. The episode is also nominated for Outstanding Writing (David Benioff and D. B. Weiss), although it will face tough competition from both Mr. Robot and The Americans.
For those of you who are dizzy from all the numbers, Game of Thrones currently holds the Emmy record for:
- Total number of wins for a Drama series (35)
- Most wins for a single season (12 for Season 5)
And success next Sunday could realistically see it break records for:
- Most awards for a single episode for "Battle of the Bastards" (currently at 5)
If there was ever an single TV episode deserving of breaking records, it's "Battle of the Bastards." The action-filled and overdue meeting between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton turned into one of the finest spectacles on the small screen, remnant more of a big-budget blockbuster than a standalone piece of television.
With two seasons to go, and events beginning to reach a chilling (pun intended) climax with the invasion of the White Walkers, that episode could seem small-time with what Westeros is about to face up to. It's safe to say, awards are coming.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)