Emmy predictions slugfest: Is ‘Game of Thrones’ a done deal, or is there room for ‘Succession’ shocker? [WATCH]

“‘Game of Thrones’ is going to win — thank you for joining us, that is all the time we have,” jokes Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery about the Emmy race for Best Drama Series, which is looking more and more like a done deal for the HBO epic fantasy series, which ended its eight season run this past spring. But is it really a foregone conclusion, or is there still room for an upset? Watch Montgomery discuss all of this weekend’s seven drama categories with his fellow editors Marcus James Dixon, Joyce Eng and Susan Wloszczyna above.

All four editors are predicting “Game of Thrones” to win, but what’s lurking in second place to possibly dethrone it? Dixon points to “Succession,” which he thinks should be ranked much higher in the race than our odds are currently giving it credit for. “It is going to probably win [Best Drama Directing for Adam McKay] … It’s way overshadowed by ‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO — none of the actors got in — but that’s all going to change next year. When ‘Game of Thrones’ is out ‘Succession’ is really going to dominate.”

Eng agrees that we’re underestimating “Succession,” which she calls the “best show” that aired this summer. And its buzzy second season was underway while Emmy voters were marking their ballots for its first season, keeping it fresh in mind. But Eng and Dixon both agree that that makes “Succession” one to watch out for at the 2020 Emmys more than at the 2019 awards.

Montgomery and Wloszczyna put “Killing Eve” in their runner-up spots. It aired its nominated season in late spring, “so it has that recency quality that ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Ozark’ don’t have because they aired so long ago,” Montgomery explains. “Saul” and “Ozark” aired last summer, and their new seasons haven’t premiered yet. But still, it’s hard for any of them to imagine any show besides “Game of Thrones” winning the top prize. Just look at the Creative Arts Awards, where it won 10 times. That’s more awards already than its Best Drama Series rivals were even nominated for.

So what do you think? Is there any room to maneuver, or is “Game of Thrones” going to annihilate the competition like they’re citizens of King’s Landing?

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 22. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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