Get ready for a mix of old and new when the Emmys announce their winners in the seven drama categories this Sunday, September 22. Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, which are derived from the predictions of our Experts, Editors and Users, predict a fond farewell for “Game of Thrones” in the form of three wins: Best Drama Series, Peter Dinklage for Best Drama Supporting Actor and Miguel Sapochnik for Best Drama Directing.
We know what you’re thinking — Three Emmys? That’s it? But don’t forget, HBO’s fantasy epic just scored a whopping 10 trophies at this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, bringing its all-time total to 57 wins, more than any other narrative series in Emmy history. Three additional victories on Sunday would bring its final season tally to 13 and an overall total of 60.
“Game of Thrones” has already won this top category three times (2015, 2016, 2018), so another statuette would tie it with fellow four-time record-holders “Hill Street Blues” (1981-84), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989-91), “The West Wing” (2000-03) and “Mad Men” (2008-11). For its final year “GoT” faces tough competition in Best Drama Series from former rivals “Better Call Saul” and “This Is Us” and new nominees “Bodyguard,” “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “Pose” and “Succession.”
Dinklage is no stranger to the Emmy Awards, having won thrice now as Tyrion Lannister (2011, 2015, 2018). That currently ties him with Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), so if Dinklage wins a fourth trophy on Sunday he’ll be the official all-time Emmy champ in Best Drama Supporting Actor. This year Dinklage squares off against two of his “Game of Thrones” co-stars — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Alfie Allen — as well as Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”) and Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”).
Sapochnik previously took home the directing Emmy for the Season 6 episode “Battle of the Bastards.” He’s now up for his second directing nomination for the fan-favorite episode “The Long Night,” which served as the final battle between the living and the dead. Sapochnik’s co-nominees this time around are David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (“Game of Thrones”), David Nutter (“Game of Thrones”), Daina Reid (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lisa Bruhlmann (“Killing Eve”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) and Adam McKay (“Succession”).
“GoT” also contends in the other Primetime drama categories, though it’s predicted to come up short in those four races. According to our odds-makers, Emilia Clarke will lose Best Drama Actress to Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Kit Harington will lose Best Drama Actor to Billy Porter (“Pose”), Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner will lose Best Drama Supporting Actress to Julia Garner (“Ozark”) and “The Iron Throne” will lose Best Drama Writing to “Nice and Neat” (“Killing Eve”).
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