Game of Thrones is once again going for the gold -- Emmy gold, that is.
The 2019 Emmy Awards Nominating Ballots have been announced, and they reveal that HBO has submitted the final season of Game of Thrones for several major categories.
Perhaps most noteworthy is the series finale, "The Iron Throne," which has been submitted in the Best Writing category. This might seem surprising to some, given that the final episode was extremely divisive among fans and critics, ultimately becoming one of the show's worst reviewed ever according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Three episodes from the final season are on the ballot for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: "The Iron Throne," directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, "The Last of the Starks," directed by David Nutter and "The Long Night," directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
Kit Harington has been submitted for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; Alfie Allen, Pilou Asbaek, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and Richard Dormer for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; and Carice Van Houten for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
From 2011 to 2018, Game of Thrones raked in a total of 38 nominations and ten wins. The series has won the Outstanding Drama Series for the past three years.
The Emmy nominations will be revealed July 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.