‘Game of Thrones’ aiming to be the fourth show to reclaim the Best Drama Series Emmy

Can “Game of Thrones” take back the Emmy throne? The HBO series was on an Emmy roll, taking two Best Drama Series prizes en route to becoming the most awarded primetime series ever before it skipped last year’s cycle. That opened the door for “The Handmaid’s Tale” to snag the top award, but trying to reclaim what was once theirs hasn’t historically been easy for past champs.

Only three Best Drama Series winners have scored non-consecutive awards. “The Sopranos” finally won Best Drama Series in 2004 for its fifth season and then bagged a bookend Emmy for its last season in 2007. “Upstairs, Downstairs” took home two straight in 1974 and 1975, sat out 1976 and won its third Emmy in 1977. “L.A. Law” earned the top honor for its first season in 1987, lost to “thirtysomething” the next year and then won three in a row.

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All the other 13 multiple Best Drama Series champs — including two-time winner “Game of Thrones” and four-time honorees “Hill Street Blues,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men” — won their Emmys consecutively. That jibes with the Emmys’ habit of latching onto favorites and repeatedly checking off the same name until they’re suddenly sick of it and/or found a new toy to play with for the next year or so. When the Emmys love you, they love you hard, and then they drop you like a bad habit.

In “Game of Thrones”’ case, it wasn’t eligible last year, so the Emmys might not actually be over it yet and it could follow the same pattern as “Upstairs, Downstairs.” But we do know the Emmys fell for “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a big way, giving it eight awards — and more acting awards in one year than “Game of Thrones” has received in six years. It was a politically charged win for the dystopian drama, and with the current #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, that gives “Handmaid’s” a leg up over a show that has long been criticized for its portrayal of women and the sexual violence against them.

“Game of Thrones” is currently second in our early odds right now behind “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It may have a better shot reclaiming its crown for its final season next year, a la “The Sopranos,” than it does this year — that is, if the Emmys haven’t completely moved on by then.

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