“Game of Thrones” has received 132 Emmy nominations so far, with 47 of those translated into wins. Nine of those came at this year’s Emmys as season seven of this HBO fantasy proved to be a particular favorite of TV academy voters. The show claimed it’s third Best Drama Series award and Peter Dinklage did likewise in Drama Supporting Actor
But was this season the best yet of the seven to air?
Season one debuted at the Emmys with 13 nominations, winning two including Dinklage’s first and main title design.
Season two scored 12 nominations and came away with six: art direction, costumes, make-up, sound editing, sound mixing and special visual effects.
Season three fared better, earning 17 nominations including first bids by both Diana Rigg and Emilia Clarke as Olenna Tyrell and Daenarys Targaryen in Best Drama Guest Actress and Best Drama Supporting Actress, respectively. However, it only won two Emmys: make-up and special visual effects.
Season four scored 19 nominations but only won four: costumes, production design, prosthetic make-up and special visual effects.
Season five had 18 nominations and won a whopping 12 Emmys, including Dinklage’s second and the show’s first Best Drama Series award as well as directing, writing, casting, make-up, picture editing, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, special visual effects and stunt coordination.
Season six matched season four’s 19 nominations and set the record for the show’s most wins with 12 wins, which included the show’s second Best Drama Series Emmy as well as directing, writing, casting, costumes, make-up, picture editing, production design, prosthetic make-up, sound mixing, special visual effects and stunt coordination.
Season seven raised the bar even higher nominations wise by earning a record 22 Emmy nominations – this included supporting actor bids for Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Tyrion and Jaime) and another nomination for Lena Headey (Cersei) in Drama Supporting Actress.
However, in terms of wins, this season wasn’t the Emmy favourite, with nine in all, including series, a third for Dinklage as well as costumes, music, production design, prosthetic make-up, sound mixing, special visual effects and stunt coordination.
But that is still quite the achievement, especially given that voters are aware that the upcoming eighth season will be the show’s last.
The Emmys have often been reluctant to shower a penultimate season with awards, preferring to wait until the last season to give the show a big send-off. For example, “Breaking Bad’s” penultimate season won two Emmys, while its final season won five. Similarly, “Sex and the City’s” final season won two Emmys, whereas the penultimate season won zilch. The penultimate season of “The Sopranos” came away with one Emmy, too, while the final nabbed three. And “Everybody Loves Raymond” won three Emmys for its final season and none for its penultimate.