‘Game of Thrones’ destined to rule Emmys according to readers

Game of Thrones” will snatch the Emmy crown from its rivals according to a poll of our readers. 37-percent agree with our expert Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), who boldly proclaims that the popular HBO series will be the rare fantasy to win Best Drama Series, following in the footsteps of “The Lord of the Rings,” which finally win the Best Picture Oscar on its third try back in 2003.

Another 30-percent of readers believe a win is possible, but no guarantee. In an especially crowded field, “Game of Thrones” faces last year’s Best Drama winner “Homeland” as well as four-time winner “Mad Men.” “Downton Abbey” received its first nomination in the category last year, after sweeping the movie/miniseries prizes in 2011. Also with the potential to return to this year’s race: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Good Wife.” Freshman shows with a shot at a nomination include “House of Cards,” “The Newsroom,” and “The Americans.”

In the face of such stiff competition, 25-percent of readers consider victory a long-shot for “Thrones,” which would be only the second sci-fi or fantasy series to win the prize, following “Lost” in 2005. The Emmys have a fickle history with genre programming; TV classics like “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Quantum Leap,” and “The X-Files” all received nominations in the top category, but never won. Other fan-favorites, like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Fringe,” have been shut out of the top races entirely.

But luckily for “Thrones,” only eight-percent of readers believe it has no chance at all. It has won eight Emmys to date, including Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage in 2011, and it improved its Emmy haul from its first season (two wins) to its second (six wins), so if it continues its ascent, a Best Drama victory may very well be in the cards.

Currently, the series ranks sixth in our Best Drama Series predictions with 8/1 odds of winning; 19 users place it out front. Do you agree with them the show is destined to win? Continue responding in our poll below and discuss “Game of Thrones” in our forums.

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