Reigning Emmy champ “Game of Thrones” isn’t returning until July 16, so it won’t be eligible to defend its title at this year’s awards. We asked if you thought that “The Walking Dead” would make the perfect substitute at the Emmy Awards for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” After all, 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.
To date, you are split 55/45 in favor of “The Walking Dead” finally reaping an Emmy bid for Best Drama Series.
Those of you who expect this zombie fest to take the place of the historical fantasy are well aware that the TV academy has only enough fans of such genre fare to get one such show into the top race at a time. In years past, it has been the turn of first “Quantum Leap” (1989 – 1992), then “The X-Files” (1993 – 2002), and finally “Lost” (2004 – 2010).
While “Lost” won Best Drama Series on its first try in 2005, it took till season five for “Game of Thrones” to prevail in 2015. It won again last year when tied the Emmy record for most series victories in a single year (12). Those dozen trophies brought it’s all-time haul to 38, making it the most awarded primetime series in Emmy Awards history.
Compare that success with TV’s top honors with that of “The Walking Dead,” which lost its two Creative Arts race last year. Indeed, 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” be the one for which it gets lucky at the Emmys? Vote in our poll below.