Emmys 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ on track to become the 3rd most nominated show for Best Drama Series ever

Game of Thrones” had a long hiatus between seasons six and seven, so it didn’t have any new episodes eligible to compete at the 2017 Emmys. But its seventh season finally aired last summer, so it’s eligible to return to the 2018 Emmy lineup. Given its dominance in previous years, including consecutive victories for Best Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, most of our users predict that it will at least be nominated again in the top category, and if it does it will join an elite list of shows that have been nominated for Best Drama Series seven times.

Seven bids for Best Drama would tie “Game of Thrones” for third place on the list of the most nominated shows in the history of that category. “Studio One” (1951-1956), “ER” (1995-2001), “The Sopranos” (1999-2001, 2003-2004, 2006-2007) and “The West Wing” (2000-2006) also earned seven bids during their runs. And “Game of Thrones” will have one more shot at Emmys when it airs its final season in 2019, which gives it a chance to tie “Mad Men” (2008-2015) for second place with eight Best Drama nominations. Alas, the show won’t get a chance to match the all-time record held by “Law & Order,” which contended in the top category a whopping 11 times (1992-2002) during its 19 seasons on the air.

But assuming “Game of Thrones” is nominated, will it win? If it does it would tie “Playhouse 90” (1958-1960), “The Defenders” (1962-1964) and “Upstairs, Downstairs” (1974-1975, 1977) for fifth place with three victories. Four other shows currently share the record of four Drama Series titles: “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1984), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989-1991), “The West Wing” (2000-2003) and “Mad Men” (2008-2011).

But the “Game of Thrones” hiatus last season opened the door for “The Handmaid’s Tale” to sweep the 2017 awards with eight victories including Best Drama, where it made history of its own as the first streaming series to win that race. “Handmaid’s” carried that momentum into the fall, when it won top honors at the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Directors Guild, Producers Guild and Writers Guild Awards. Now “Handmaid’s” is the early front-runner to win again at the Emmys with leading odds of 3/1, but “Thrones” is close behind with 10/3 odds.

How much history do you think “Game of Thrones” will make this year? And how much history will it make by the time it finishes its run?

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