Will ‘The Walking Dead’s’ supporting visual effects scare up Emmy?

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Those flawless special effects on AMC mega-hit “The Walking Dead” have been nominated three previous times at the Emmys but lost each time. In 2011 the winner was “Boardwalk Empire,” in 2012 it went to “Game of Thrones,” and in 2014 — in the new category of Best Supporting Visual Effects — the trophy was given to “Black Sails.” Now that the show’s been nominated for a fourth time, can it finally prevail?

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Eligible TV academy members will be voting on the Season 5 finale, titled “Conquer,” in which the characters (including Sonequa Martin-Green, above) face an onslaught of enemies, from terrifying walkers to gun-wielding Alexandria residents.

Rival Emmy nominees in this year’s Best Supporting Visual Effects race are “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (episode “Edward Mordrake, Part 2”), “Boardwalk Empire” (episode “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”), “Gotham” (episode “Lovecraft”) and “Daredevil” (episode “Speak Of The Devil”).

The zombie series may be a ratings juggernaut, but so far it only has two prosthetic makeup Emmys to show for all of its success. In 2011, the “Days Gone By” episode prevailed while in 2012 it was the “What Lies Ahead” episode.

The Walking Dead” could triple its total Emmy haul this year as the show is nominated in four Creative Arts categories:

Best Prosthetic Makeup

Best Sound Editing

Best Stunt Coordination

Best Supporting Visual Effects

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Photo: Sonequa Martin-Green, ‘Conquer.’ Credit: AMC/courtesy Everett Collection/REX

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