There are some records in Hollywood that don't really seem like they're meant to be broken - take Jerry Seinfeld's $267 million in earnings in 1998, for instance - and others that it would almost seem mean-spirited to attempt to overtake - like David Stone's record for fastest marathon dressed as a movie character (2 hours, 42 minutes, 52 seconds, dressed as Cap'n Jack Sparrow).
Some records, though, seem almost destined to be smashed apart into a thousand tiny pieces, only waiting for a suitably worthy candidate to do the shattering. A sword in the stone scenario, of sorts...
And when King Arthur isn't around to do the pulling, sometimes Tyrion Lannister has to step up in his place. Y'see:
Game of Thrones Just Violently Destroyed a Fifteen-Year Old Record
The record in question?
Most Emmy wins in a single year.
Which was, up until this past weekend, held by legendary political drama The West Wing (which, for anyone going through TV box-set withdrawal, is an absolute must-watch, incidentally), which won nine Emmys back in 2000, including Best Drama Series. Which, with most Emmy ceremonies tending to split the top prizes between the multiple worthy candidates, had retained its record-breaking status for a whopping great fifteen years.
That is, until this past weekend, when...
Game of Thrones Just Won TWELVE Emmys
Yup, that's right. Not ten. Not eleven. TWELVE.
The show took away gongs for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, predictably), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (David Nutter, for Mother's Mercy) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, again for Mother's Mercy) on the night, which, added to an eight award haul at last week's Creative Arts Emmys (a separate show, but part of the same awards structure), gave Game of Thrones not only the record, but an imposing total for any show to match.
What Does That Really Mean for the Show, Though?
Well, in a pretty fundamental sense, it never hurts to win a whole lot of awards - whether in terms of staying on the air, getting your budget raised, attracting creative talent and even raising ratings.
For Game of Thrones, though, none of those were really all that much of a concern. Instead, then, the biggest impact of the show's record-breaking Emmy haul could well be one of validation. The news surrounding this year's season 5 was, after all, dominated by controversy - and a whole lot of fan disgust at several creative decisions. With a vocal minority of fans feeling betrayed by elements of the show's tone, plot and development in relation to its source novels, there was speculation among some that Game of Thrones may have reached peak cultural relevance.
12 Emmy wins would seem to suggest otherwise - and will likely enable show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to continue developing the show in whatever way they see fit. Which, depending on your thoughts regarding season five, might just be the best - or worst - news that's hit the world of television all week.
What do you reckon, though?