Readers predict ‘Game of Thrones’ will win Best Drama Series Emmy — next year, that is

The Best Drama Series Emmy is “Game of Thrones”‘ — in 2019. In a recent poll, 61 percent of our readers are more confident in the show taking the top prize next year — for its eighth and final season — than they are this year.

That jibes with our current predictions, which has “Game of Thrones” sitting in second place in our odds behind reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Game of Thrones” leads the field with 22 nominations, boding well for it to reclaim the award it won in 2015 and 2016 before it took a year off. But “Handmaid’s” is only two behind with 20 nominations. And if you believe in telling stats, only one other show has won Best Drama Series for its seventh season, which is what “Game of Thrones” is trying to do: “Law & Order” in 1997.

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Should “Game of Thrones” win this year or next year, it’d only be the third show to reclaim the award after “Upstairs, Downstairs” (1974-75, ’77; it won Best Limited Series in ’76), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989-91) and “The Sopranos” (2004, ’07). All the other 13 multiple Best Drama Series winners — including “Game of Thrones” so far and four-time champs “Hill Street Blues,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men” — won their Emmys consecutively.

If “Game of Thrones” prevails next year and not this year, it’d mirror “The Sopranos,” which also won its first series prize for its fifth season and another one for its final season after sitting out a cycle in between.

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