Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards have been officially announced, and Game of Thrones sits atop its very own.
Yes, though not everyone was a fan of the finale, the HBO favorite leads in nominations by far this season.
In fact, it even beat out the prior 25-year record-holder NYPD Blue for the most nominations in a single season. (The long-running police procedural drama originally set the record in 1994 with 26 nominations.)
Both Harrington and Clarke have been nominated before, but only in supporting categories – and neither has won. This is the first time they’ve received lead acting nods.
The series also received seven nominations for supporting cast members. Actresses Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) were all nominated. And, for Turner, it is her first-ever Emmy nomination.
Supporting actors Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) were also nominated this year. Dinklage has been nominated 7 times and, so far, has won three Primetime Emmys for his role in the series.
Overall, the show is nominated for a total of 32 Emmy Awards this year. For the full eight-season run, the series now boasts an impressive grand total of 161 nominations, of which it has won 47 so far.
Notably absent this year were several fan-favorite shows. However, many of them simply did not air within the eligibility window for this year’s awards.
These series include Netflix’s Stranger Things, HBO’s Big Little Lies and Euphoria and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Though, technically, while The Handmaid’s Tale wasn’t eligible for certain awards, they did get two episodes in before the cutoff. This explains why they were able to receive nominations in the Guest Actor and Actress categories. The series also received a writing nod for “Holly,” the 11th episode of Season 2, which aired in June of 2018.
Shows that did not air new seasons during the eligibility period included Westworld, The Crown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Atlanta, and Silicon Valley.
When it comes to comedies, Veep will have its final year in the running. However, it faces stiff competition this year. The other nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series are Barry, Fleabag, The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Russian Doll, and Schitt’s Creek.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is also nominated once again for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, an award she’s won every year she’s been nominated. But will her streak continue?
Interested in catching this year’s Emmy Awards to find out how many the GoT crew will rack up?
The show airs Sunday, September 22 on Fox, and will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.