It’s the end of an era. “Game of Thrones” closed its eight-season run on HBO with a record-tying fourth Emmy win for Best Drama Series on Sunday night, September 22. Out of the 73 episodes that the show aired over the course of its entire run, almost half of them ended up being Emmy winners, adding up to 59 total victories, more than any other narrative series in Emmy history. Click through our photo gallery above to see all 31 episodes of the show that took home hardware from the television academy, and check out the complete list of 2019 Emmy winners here.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when “Game of Thrones” wasn’t an Emmy heavyweight. But in the shows first season in 2011 it only took home two awards: Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage and Best Main Title Design. The episode Dinklage submitted for consideration that year was “Baelor,” the fateful ninth episode of the season that saw his character, Tyrion Lannister, reveal a tragic story about his father’s cruelty. So that was the first episode that was ever singled out specifically by the television academy.
But of course it wouldn’t be the last. The show’s single most awarded episode came in 2016 for its sixth-season installment “Battle of the Bastards,” which claimed six awards including Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Directing for its showdown between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the evil Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) for control of Winterfell. That episode is actually tied with the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot as the most awarded in Emmy history.
Battle episodes tended to be the biggest “Thrones” awards-getters thanks to their especially high production values. The show also won four awards for season five’s “Hardhome,” and then five awards for season eight’s “The Long Night.” But the show ultimately ended where it began, with an acting victory for Dinklage. He would ultimately set the record for the most Drama Supporting Actor titles with four, and it was his victories that bookended the show’s Emmy run. After putting “Thrones” on the map with “Baelor,” he closed the book on it with the series finale, “The Iron Throne,” the episode for which he and the show won their final individual episode trophy.
What’s your favorite Emmy-winning episode? Which episodes didn’t win that you think should have?