Despite the negative reaction it suffered throughout its final season from fans and critics alike (which, in retrospect, appears to have been less prevalent than originally suspected), Game of Thrones had a successful night at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, securing the prestigious award for Outstanding Drama.
The show was nominated for a total of 32 nominations for its final season, setting another new record for the most nominations earned in a single year for a drama series. Taking to the stage, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff thanked A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin for trusting in “two producers who have never done it before.”
“These last 10 years have been the best years of our lives and for everyone who worked on it, I can’t believe we finished it -- and I can’t believe we did it,” Benioff said. "We did it all together and it’s over and we shall never see your like again."
The show was up against a strong slate of various dramas including Bodyguard, Better Call Saul, Ozark, Killing Eve, Pose, Succession and This Is Us. This victory marks the fourth time Game of Thrones has won Outstanding Drama Series, having been successful in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The series has won a total of 59 Emmys across its eight-season run.