Will Season 5 be Emmy winner for ‘Game of Thrones’ as it was for ‘Breaking Bad’?

Even though “Game of Thrones” is a 14-time Emmy champion, it’s never been able to claim the golden crown of Best Drama Series. However, that could all change this year thanks to an interesting Emmy pattern we’ve noticed recently about TV dramas in their fifth seasons: That’s the same season number that finally won this race for “Breaking Bad” (2013), “24” (2006) and “The Sopranos” (2004).

Will “GoT” continue this trend and win Best Drama Series at the Emmys?

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What’s notable about those victories by “Breaking Bad,” “24” and “The Sopranos” is that all of them broke the mold in terms of what we normally think of as standard Emmy fare.

Just like “Game of Thrones,” they were all darker-skewing shows that featured anti-heroes instead of the usual loveable protagonists, while the episodes themselves were told in a serialized manner instead of the more Emmy-friendly procedural stories-of-the-week.

What is it about Season 5 that seems to be the magic trick with the Emmys?

Could it be that it’s the make-or-break year for voters? After all, if a show’s lasted that long while continuing to get nominated year after year, it’s time for the Emmys to step up to the plate and make them a winner, or else they never will.

Despite winning an impressive 14 Emmys over its first four years, only one of those came during the live Primetime ceremony: Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor in 2011. The other baker’s dozen were all awarded for members of the show’s impressive tech team at the Create Arts ceremony.

Two Editors — Daniel Montgomery and myself — are predicting that Season 5 will prevail at the Emmys. And three of our Top 24 Userscnmem10, BurnBook and Dillon Rosenblatt — are backing this HBO fantasy epic. 

“Game of Thrones” has odds of 9/2 and is second place on our Best Drama Series chart behind only “House of Cards” with odds of 4/1. It will be interesting to watch the battle between these two drama titans over the next couple of months, particularly as buzz for “Game of Thrones” continues to grow.

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