“Game of Thrones” just won Best Drama Series at the Emmys for the second year running and tied its record for most series victories in a single year (12), which brought it’s all-time haul to 38. That makes it the most awarded primetime series in Emmy Awards history. Another ratings and critical smash hit — “The Walking Dead” — lost its two Creative Arts races. It has won only two of its 15 nominations over six seasons (Prosthetic Makeup in 2011 and 2012) and has never been nominated for writing, directing, acting or series.
Could season seven of “The Walking Dead,” which starts on Sunday (Oct. 23), be the good luck charm at the Emmys? Remember “Game of Thrones” won’t return until summer 2017, so it won’t be eligible at these top TV kudos again until 2018.
There are only enough sci-fi/fantasy fans in the TV academy to nominate one such show so this could be the year for “The Walking Dead.” While Emmy voters will shower multiple nominations on genre programs like “Game of Thrones,” they rarely recognize more than one of these series at a time. Think back to the Emmy success for “Quantum Leap” (1989 – 1993), then “The X-Files” (1993 – 2002), then “Lost” (2004 – 2010).
“The Walking Dead” is the perfect substitute at the Emmys for “Game of Thrones”: both debuted in the same TV season (2010-2011), both number among the most watched shows on television, both are on networks that typically win lots of awards, both are based on hugely popular source material and both routinely kill off their most beloved characters.