Is it lucky No. 7 for “Game of Thrones”? Not only will the two-time Best Drama Series Emmy winner try to reclaim its crown, but it will attempt to accomplish something even more rare than non-consecutive awards: win the top prize for a seventh season.
Only one show has done this in the category’s history: “Law & Order,” which took the honor in 1997. No show older than seven seasons has won Best Drama Series. Two shows have won for their sixth seasons: “The Sopranos” (2007) and “Game of Thrones” itself in 2016.
The prime years for ascending the Emmy stage are, unsurprisingly, early in a show’s run, when you build interest and momentum, and theoretically when the quality of your show is at its highest. Most dramas have prevailed within their first three seasons and the fifth season has proved to be golden for shows awaiting their first victory; “The Sopranos,” “24,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” all won their first Best Drama Series trophy in their fifth seasons.
After that, it’s rough out there. “Law & Order” is also the only show to be nominated for its eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th seasons; it and “Hallmark Hall of Fame” (1962) were nominated for their respective 11th seasons as well. Granted, most dramas don’t last as long as a procedural like “Law & Order” — comedies tend to run longer — but the general trend of Emmy winners is to rack up nominations after a win; however, the older you get, the more likely you’ll be a placeholder while voters move on to their new favorite.
“Game of Thrones” is one of the few shows that hit their Emmy stride later in their runs (the new voting system also helps) and it is now the most decorated primetime series ever with 38 Emmys. It’s as popular as ever, but after a year out of the Emmy race, it’s difficult to tell if it will pick up right where it left off in 2016 or if reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” — or something else — is the new pet.
Of our current predicted top seven Best Drama Series nominees, “Game of Thrones” is the oldest show, followed by “The Americans,” which is entering its sixth and final season. Everything else is two years old.
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