“Game of Thrones” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) are two of the biggest Emmy darlings, and both are overwhelming favorites to win Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Actress, respectively. In other words: good luck going up against them. But if you were to face off with one of them, hopefully it’s JLD because 63 percent of our readers believe “Game of Thrones” is way harder to beat.
The most awarded scripted series in Emmy history with 47 wins, “Game of Thrones” is arguably the last true watercooler TV show. Its eighth and final season will be the biggest thing this spring and there’s nothing to suggest that the show could be stopped this year after it reclaimed the Best Drama Series prize last year following a one-year absence and its seventh season airing a full year prior. It also feels like every other drama is getting out of its way — even if they’re not (production schedules, etc) — with five of last year’s seven nominees AWOL this year.
A fourth Best Drama Series victory would tie “Game of Thrones” with record holders “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “Mad Men.”
Louis-Dreyfus has some records of her own, of course. She’s never lost for “Veep” and a seventh win for the final season would extended her own record for most Emmys for playing one character. With her wins for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” she’s currently tied with Cloris Leachman at eight acting statuettes apiece, so one last one for Selina Meyer would give her the solo record.
Her biggest competition is reigning champ Rachel Brosnahan, whose “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” crushed the Emmys last year with eight wins in “Veep”‘s absence. Brosnahan has her own win streak going too: She’s never lost a major award for “Maisel,” claiming an Emmy, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Television Critics Association Award, two Golden Globes and two Critics’ Choice Awards. What happens when two undefeated queens collide?
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.