From 2011-1019, the epic swept through Game of Thrones revolutionized the television medium. Story adapted from George RR Martinnovel series Songs about ice and fire took the world by storm and broke all kinds of records along the way. Some of those records are for the number of Emmy Awards the show has received over its 10-year 8-season run (59 out of an astounding 112 nominations—a record for a premium cable/streaming vertical). But perhaps the most astounding sign set by Game of Thrones is the record for Emmys won in a single season. In the show’s final year, the fantasy drama blockbuster took home a whopping 12 statues from an incredible 32 nominations. The sign is made even more impressive by the fact that David Benioff And DB Weiss-the director’s masterpiece tied the previous record with a dozen wins from its fifth and sixth season in 2015 and 2016. Those wins included Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for star Peter Dinkage. Let’s dive deeper into that losing total and highlight some of the more impressive feats.


‘Game of Thrones’ Only Had a Six Episode Final Season

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones
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For the first six years Game of Thrones, each season consists of ten episodes. It was whittled down to seven in the final seventh season in 2018. By the time the show reached its final season in the summer of 2019, there were only six episodes – more than half of what it had produced for most of its illustrious run. HBO. While there was a lot of scuttlebutt from fans that the final season felt a bit rushed and didn’t fully flesh out the final bits of the main character storylines (especially main character Daenerys Targaryen and that bastard, Jon Snow) the Emmys didn’t see it that way and awarded the show a Primetime Emmy for Amazing Drama Series. So whether it’s for cumulative nods to all the stunning characters, storylines, acting, cinematography, or visual effects, Game of Thrones still the apple of the Emmys’ eye despite the outcry from fans around the world.

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The story has veered completely away from George R. R. Martin’s novel

The first five seasons did a commendable job following the abundant source material that George R. R. Martin provided in his book Songs about ice and fire series. But as the show grew in popularity, the demand for it outpaced storylines in the books. Combine that with the long delay in Martin’s attempts to conclude more stories about Westeros and the showrunners Benioff and Weiss were more or less left alone. a device for providing scripts that continue established plot points and character arcs. Despite these major inconveniences, the final season was still good enough to earn a top Emmy for its efforts. And 19.3 million viewers tuned in for the season and series finale on May 19, 2019, to see what will become of Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen and especially their favorite characters like Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), and Tyrion Lannister (Dinklage) among others.

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Peter Dinklage Is Nominated For An Emmy Every Season


No one takes home more statues than small ones Peter Dinkage who really shines as Tyrion Lannister throughout the show. Dinklage was so good, in fact, that he earned Emmy nominations for all 8 seasons Game of Thrones. And as if Dinklage needed an extra feather in his hat, his excellent run was punctuated by an Emmy win in the final season. The Emmys awarded him four times including the cherry on top with a win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2019. Although many casts receive three or more nominations such as Diana Rigs for Olenna Tyrell, Clarke for Daenerys Targaryen, and Headey for Cersei Lannister, Dinklage is the only main cast member to win the award. Overall, twelve cast members received a total of 32 individual nominations over 8 seasons Game of Thrones.

‘Game of Thrones’ Surpasses Many Other Shows in Triumph, too

For setting the record for the most Emmys in a single season, Game of Thrones got to slide by a number of very familiar and successful shows. The next closest to nine is season one Harun Sorkin‘S West wing in the 2000 and 2020 seasons Schitt River which included “big four” acting category sweeps of Best Actor, Actress, as well as Best Supporting nods. With eight wins in 2018 and 2019, The Wonderful Mrs Maisel came in fourth, and several other great shows have between three and six wins including other HBO dramas Soprano And The sidewalk empire.

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