[WATCH] Emmy predictions slugfest for Best Drama Writing: Can ‘Mr. Robot’ take down ‘Game of Thrones’?

Will “Game of Thrones” win its second consecutive Emmy Award in the Best Drama Writing category, or might newcomer “Mr. Robot” take it down? Recently, I met via webcam (watch above) with my fellow contributing writers Amanda Spears and Riley Chow to discuss the HBO series’ potential to continue its reign, as well as consider what other series could upset the frontrunner.

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These are the six nominated episodes this year:

Downton Abbey” Season 6
“Episode 8” (Julian Fellowes)

“Game of Thrones” Season 6
“Battle of the Bastards” (David Benioff and D. B. Weiss)

“Mr. Robot” Season 1
“eps1.0_hellofriend.mov” (Sam Esmail)

The Americans” Season 4
“Persona Non Grata” (Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg)

The Good Wife” Season 7
“End” (Robert King and Michelle King)

UnReal” Season 1
“Return” (Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro)

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There’s no doubt in our minds that “Battle of the Bastards” is the clear favorite to win. Amanda points to the Emmy’s system of popular vote as the chief reason for its frontrunner status, but notes that the “Game of Thrones” episode has little dialogue, which could potentially undermine its chances.

As a dark horse, Amanda gives the pilot episode of “Mr. Robot” a “slight chance” of upsetting “Game of Thrones.” Riley agrees, pointing to its recent victory at the Writers Guild Awards as Best New Series as a strong indication of its support, while also noting, “I think it would easily win under the old tape system.” I argue that should Rami Malek lose to Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) in the Best Drama Actor category, this seems to be the next most-likely award “Mr. Robot” could potentially win during the Primetime telecast.

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“Downton Abbey” and “The Americans” also have an outside chance of winning. Amanda reminds us that “Downton Abbey” has won an Emmy for writing before, albeit in the Best Miniseries category, and both Riley and Amanda think the increase in nominations for “The Americans” in many major categories, including Best Drama Series, could bode well for its chances.

As for “The Good Wife,” I point out that the series finale received mixed reviews and “it doesn’t stand a chance with it being a divisive episode.” And rounding out the category, “UnReal’s” nomination appears to be the reward. It is a milestone for Lifetime, which has never before received a writing nomination for any of its programs.

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