Seventh heaven is hard to find at the Emmys — at least in the Best Drama Series category. Only one show has ever won the award for its seventh season, something “Game of Thrones” is trying to do after missing last year’s cycle.
The HBO series is looking to join “Law & Order” as the only Season 7 drama champs. “Law & Order” won its first and only series statuette in 1997 in an upset, becoming the oldest first-time winner in the category. Since “Game of Thrones” already won in 2015 and 2016, it wouldn’t tie “Law & Order” in that regard. “Game of Thrones” is one of two shows to have won Best Drama Series for their sixth seasons, “The Sopranos” being the other for the second half of its sixth and final season in 2007.
Dramas usually take the top prize within their first three seasons, when hype and interest are usually at their highest. And if they don’t, Season 5 is the magic number for an Emmy breakthrough: “The Sopranos,” “24,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” all won their first Best Drama Series trophy for their fifth seasons.
Voters tend to move on from a show the older it gets or the show ends — dramas usually don’t run as long as a procedural like “Law & Order,” which also received nominations for its eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th seasons. (“Hallmark Hall of Fame” was also up for its 11th installment in 1962.)
“Game of Thrones” is currently in second place in our early odds, behind defending champ “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and has faced only one of the other nominees before, “The Americans,” which was nominated in 2016. “Handmaid’s,” “This Is Us,” “The Crown,” “Westworld” and “Stranger Things” were all first-time nominees last year when “Game of Thrones” was MIA.
Three Experts, Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Anne Thompson (IndieWire) and Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil are expecting “Game of Thrones” to pick up right where it left off and claim its third victory. But even if it doesn’t, it can aim to be the first Season 8 Best Drama Series winner next year.
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