The Best Drama Series Emmy feels like “Game of Thrones”‘ to lose, but one of our pundits has an upset pick. While the rest of our Experts and Editors are sticking with “Thrones,” Robert Rorke (New York Post) is betting on “The Crown” to take the top prize.
Rorke does have “Thrones” in second place in his picks, followed by “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “This Is Us,” “Pose” and “Homecoming.”
A win for “The Crown” is contingent on one very big thing though: eligibility. Netflix has not set a premiere date for the third season, which will have to drop by May 31 if it wants to be in this cycle. Season 3, which now stars Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, is currently undergoing reshoots, so needless to say, they’re under a time crunch.
For argument’s sake, let’s say Season 3 does premiere in time. “The Crown” prevailing is not a totally insane prediction; it is a proven Emmy player, having bagged Best Drama Actress for Claire Foy and Best Drama Directing for Stephen Daldry last year in upset wins, and would be one of the few Best Drama Series returning nominees. It could also piggyback off the buzz for Oscar champ Colman, who is in first place in our Best Drama Actress odds.
But after its third Best Drama Series victory last year, “Thrones” will be even tougher to take down for its eighth and final season this year. In our combined odds, “Thrones” has a commanding 5/1 odds to take its record-tying fourth statuette, followed by “Killing Eve,” “The Crown,” “Better Call Saul,” “This Is Us” and “Ozark.”
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.