What do we say to “Game of Thrones” bidding farewell without setting a bunch of Emmy records? Not today! The HBO behemoth just concluded its Emmy run as a record-smashing giant, scaring up an impressive 12 wins for its eighth and final season. Check out the complete list of 2019 Emmy winners here, and keep reading for the prestigious Emmy records it has now set.
1. All-time most awarded narrative series and the second most awarded program, period
When “Thrones’” seventh season upped the show’s overall Emmy total to 47 wins last year, it became the most awarded narrative series in Emmy history. Now the final season has helped the show extend its record by adding another whopping 12 wins to its pile, bringing its ultimate total up to 59.
At the Creative Arts Emmys last Sunday, it took home prizes for casting, costumes, main title design, makeup (non-prosthetic), music composition, picture editing, sound editing, sound mixing, stunt coordination and visual effects. At tonight’s main ceremony, it snatched the prizes for Best Drama Series and Best Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage).
To date NBC’s comedy sketch series “Saturday Night Live” still holds the record as the most awarded program with its 78 all-time wins, but that show has had the benefit of being on the air for 44 years now, compared to just eight years for “Thrones.”
2. Tied for the most Best Drama Series wins of all-time
With eight Best Drama noms, “Thrones” tied AMC’s “Mad Men” for the second most nominations for Best Drama Series, trailing titleholder “L.A. Law,” which was shortlisted 11 times. “Thrones” also tied “Mad Men” as the longest running drama to be nominated in the top category for all seasons.
Before tonight the show had actually won the Best Drama Series prize three times: in 2015 for its fifth season, in 2016 for its sixth and in 2018 for its seventh. Thanks to its fourth victory tonight for its eighth and final season, “Thrones” is now tied with “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1984), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989-1991), “Mad Men” (2008-2011)” and “The West Wing” (2000-2003) as the all-time most awarded Best Drama Series champ.
3. Tied for all-time most wins for a continuing series in a single year
With 12 wins, the final season of “Thrones” has now tied its fifth (2015) and sixth (2016) seasons as the continuing series with the most wins in a single year.
4. Peter Dinklage sets a new record for the most Best Drama Supporting Actor wins in history
Dinklage just became the biggest all-time Best Drama Supporting Actor champ at the Emmys thanks to his fourth win for playing the charismatic and witty Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Before tonight he had won for the show’s first season in 2011, its fifth in 2015, and its seventh in 2018. After his third win last year he was tied with three-time champ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” 2010, 2012, 2014) as the most awarded individual in this category, but now Dinklage has that title all to himself.