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Final season earns Game of Thrones its final Emmys

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Sep 23, 2019, 8:00 AM ET
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Game of Thrones was named Outstanding Drama by the Emmys for the fourth time in its eight-season run. The show's final season was nominated for a record-breaking 32 Emmys this year. It won a total of twelve of them, tying its own record for the most wins in a single season for a scripted series. Ten of its Emmys were awarded at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys ceremony (for casting, costumes, main title design, makeup, music, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects, and stunt coordination) and two last night (for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Supporting Actor Peter Dinklage). Congratulations to all the winners, especially George R. R. Martin, who was the first person named by producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss during their final acceptance speech.

Thus we've reached the official end of Game of Thrones's role as a dominant force in television, the pop culture juggernaut to which all future shows — including any Game of Thrones spinoffs — will be judged, fairly or otherwise. If nothing else, we may never see a show as successful as Game of Thrones was during awards seasons. All told, Game of Thrones has won 59 Emmys over its eight seasons, most of which rightfully recognized the show's impressive technical achievements. Peter Dinklage remains the lone actor to nab an Emmy for his or her role on the show, though several actors earned nominations for the first time this year (Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, and Carice van Houten). Dinklage's fourth Emmy also serves as a fitting bookend to his win after the first season, back when it really was an honor just to be nominated.

Are you satisfied with the number of Emmys Game of Thrones ultimately got? Or do you think its controversial ending should have dampened any chances it had of winning anything but a few technical awards? Is there an actor or actress who you feel should have won an Emmy, or perhaps even someone who should have been nominated over the course of the show's run?

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