[PHOTOS] 15 ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes that won Emmy Awards

HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” — which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. — has won 26 Emmy Awards from 83 total nominations in the drama categories over its first five seasons. Did you know that most of those victories were for specific episodes? Click through our photo gallery above to see which 15 of the 50 episodes to date were Emmy winners.

Just last year, the Season 5 finale “Mother’s Mercy” won a trio of Emmys: Best Directing (David Nutter), Best Writing (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss) and Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup (Jane Walker & Nicola Matthews). But it was last season’s battle-heavy “Hardhome” episode that proved to be the winner for supporting actor Peter Dinklage (his second trophy after Season 1’s “Baelor”).

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For those keeping track at home, here’s the Emmy breakdown by episode for each year: Season 1 (2011) = 1 winning episode; Season 2 (2012) = 5 winning episodes; Season 3 (2013) = 2 winning episodes; Season 4 (2014) = 3 winning episodes; and Season 5 (2015) = 4 winning episodes.

The highly anticipated Season 6 premiere is written by showrunners Benioff & Weiss and directed by Jeremy Podeswa. Last year, “Game of Thrones” won a record-breaking 12 Emmy Awards including Best Drama Series. Will the momentum continue for Season 6? Sound off in the comments section below or right here in our famous TV forums.

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