Emmys: Game of Thrones wins big with its 3rd Outstanding Drama Series award

After sitting out last year's ceremony, Game of Thrones becomes the year's most-nominated show with 22 nominations. 
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in GOT
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in GOT

After missing last year’s ceremony, HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones (GOT) made a major comeback on Monday by taking home the biggest award at the Emmys: outstanding drama series, for the third time (2013 and 2015). That apart, the fantasy series won eight other awards out of the 22 nominations for the seventh season alone. GOT also holds the record for the most Emmys earned by a series in a year for 2015 and 2016.

The cast at the Emmys 2018
The cast at the Emmys 2018

The show’s co-creators, David Benioff and DB Weiss, accepted the award, along with their cast and crew. “This show could not be without the mad genius of George,” Benioff said referring to author George RR Martin, who was onstage as well. “Thank you for letting us take care of your people.” Game of Thrones is based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series.

In the acting categories, Peter Dinklage received his third supporting actor trophy for his work as Tyrion Lannister. His onscreen sister Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, was nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the third Lannister sibling, Jaime, was also nominated in the supporting actor category.

GOT was ineligible for last year’s Emmys due to its seventh season being premiered in July 2017. The show will be seen in the next ceremony once more, following the launch of its eighth and final season, expected to release in April 2019. 

Game of Thrones defeated other popular series including The AmericansThe CrownStranger ThingsThis Is UsWestworld and The Handmaid’s Tale. The series has received a total of 46 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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