Emmys poll: Will ‘Game of Thrones’ break bias against fantasy shows? (Vote now)

After reaping four straight bids for Best Drama Series at the Emmys, could this be the year that “Game of Thrones” finally wins? Our Top 24 Users —  those two dozen folks who racked up the best scores among the thousands predicting last year’s Emmy nominations — think so.

As you can see from the above chart, a plurality of them (10) forecast a victory for this HBO hit series. So, why are most of the industry Experts giving the edge to “Mad Men” and half of our Editors and a majority of All Users favoring “House of Cards”? Could it be because of the Emmys long-standing bias against feting fantasy shows?

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But what about that Drama Series win by “Lost” back in 2005 you ask? That was the exception to a rule that has held firm for more than six decades. Remember, that first season of “Lost” was more supernatural in tone than fantasy. The two-hour pilot — the most expensive ever aired on ABC — was helmed by “Alias” wiz J.J. Abrams who also won an Emmy for his efforts. When “Lost” veered off into the mystical rather than the mysterious in seasons two and three, it was snubbed in the top race. Only when it returned to its roots did it make a comeback in this category, reaping Best Drama Series bids for seasons four, five and six. 

“Game of Thrones” has contended in this top category for each of its first four seasons and is all but certain to be back again this year. It is certainly on the upswing in terms of ratings. And it continues to do well with reviewers, racking up an impressive MetaCritic score of 91 this year. While that is down slightly from last year’s 94, it is still well ahead of the 79 for its freshman season, 88 for the second and 90 for the third. 

While “Game of Thrones” has done well in its overall nominations tally at the Emmys, all but one of its 14 wins have come on the Creative Arts side of the ledger as detailed below. 

Season one: 13 nominations, including Best Drama Series, Directing, Writing; two wins (Supporting Actor, Peter Dinklage; Main Title Design).

Season two: 12 nominations, including Best Drama Series, Supporting Actor; six wins (Art Direction, Costumes, Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects).

Season three: 17 nominations, including Best Drama Series, Writing, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Guest Actress; two wins (Makeup and Visual Effects)

Season four: 20 nominations, including Best Drama Series, Directing, Writing, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Guest Actress; four wins (Art Direction, Costumes, Makeup and Visual Effects)

What are the Top 10 Emmy hopes for ‘Game of Thrones’?

Will “Game of Thrones” finally win Best Drama Series at this year’s Emmys? After voting in our poll, use the easy drag-and-drop menu below that to make your predictions.

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