“Game of Thrones” has already won more Emmy Awards (47 to be exact) than any other primetime series in TV history, and that number is expected to increase for its final season. According to Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts from major media outlets, one of the trophies HBO’s fantasy epic is predicted to take home on Sept. 22 is Best Drama Series. It’s already won this top category three times (2015, 2016 and 2018), so another victory would tie it with fellow four-timers and record-holders “Hill Street Blues” (1981-84), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989-91), “The West Wing” (2000-03) and “Mad Men” (2008-11).
Our 26 Emmy Experts who are predicting yet another “GoT” victory are: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Jen Chaney (Vulture), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Ed Martin (Media Village), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Mary Murphy (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Christopher Rosen (TVGuide.com), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Michael Schneider (Variety), Jazz Tangcay (Awards Daily), Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).
“GoT” earned a whopping 32 nominations this year, an all-time Emmy record for a single season, including three for directing and one for writing. In addition, a whopping 10 performers earned bids: Emilia Clarke for Best Drama Actress, Kit Harington for Best Drama Actor, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner for Best Drama Supporting Actress, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Alfie Allen for Best Drama Supporting Actor and Carice van Houten for Best Drama Guest Actress.
“Killing Eve” is in the runner-up position for Best Drama Series, according to our Emmy prognosticators. Based on Luke Jennings‘ series of “Villanelle” novels, the program stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as an MI5 agent and a psychopathic killer, respectively. Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag” fame was the head writer of the first season, with Emerald Fennell taking over for Season 2.
Our savvy pundits have AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” the spinoff of Emmy fave “Breaking Bad,” in third place. Even though “Saul” has never won a single Emmy, this fourth season increased in acting nominations for the first time ever, bringing in Giancarlo Esposito and Michael McKean alongside series stalwarts Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. Is the fourth time the charm?
Below, see how all eight Best Drama Series nominees place in our Experts’ rankings. Do YOU agree or disagree with our Emmy gurus’ predictions? Give us your take down in the comments section.
“Game of Thrones” — 4/1 odds
“Killing Eve” — 6/1 odds
“Better Call Saul” — 7/1 odds
“Ozark” — 15/2 odds
“Pose” — 8/1 odds
“Succession” — 8/1 odds
“This Is Us” — 9/1 odds
“Bodyguard” — 19/2 odds
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.