Game Of ThronesÂ hasn’t just been one of the biggest, most watched TV shows of all time. It’s also been one of the most consistently critically acclaimed.
Until this final season that is…
Yes, the show pretty much went off the rails about a third of the way through Season Eight, at least in the eyes of most fans. And TV critics. And those people with way too much time on their hands who think they can solve things with petitions.
That sudden depletion of good will may have left someone in a very awkward position.
Someone besidesÂ Emilia Clarke, we mean. (Girl sounds like she did not like where the show went either.)
No, we’re talking aboutÂ Emmy voters.
See, often when a show leaves the air, the final season gets rewarded with some extra gold. A sort of farewell gift to a great show.
Considering what an awards juggernautÂ GOT has been in the past — the show holds the record for most Emmy wins with a whopping 47 — it made sense for the same to happen for them.
Until the season came out, that is.
We doubt they’ll have any trouble with all the technical awards. The CGI dragons, real pyrotechnics, and completely handmade breakaway cityscape of King’s Landing deserve all the honors.
But when it comes to the writing, well, that seems to be far and away the big complaint critics have about the way the show failed to stick the landing.
Instead of hedging their bets, HBO has only submitted one episode for Outstanding Writing.
Obviously the critically acclaimedÂ Episode Two,Â A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms, right? The dramatic high point of the season before all the logic and character arcs got all muddled?
They submitted the finale.
That means onlyÂ David Benioff andÂ D.B. Weiss are up for it, and only for the most reviled episodes in the show’s history.
While it certainly has its defenders, no one can argueÂ The Iron Throne was a critical failure. The episode ended up with a 49% score (with an average rating of 6.39) onÂ Rotten Tomatoes and a measly 2.5 out of 10 onÂ Metacritic.
For reference, compare that to Knight‘s 88% onÂ RT and 6.0 onÂ Metacritic.
Maybe HBO is hoping having only one episode to vote for will cause people to re-evaluate how they felt about the finale?
That’s the best explanation we’ve got.
For Outstanding Directing HBO sent in three choices:Â Miguel Sapochnik for the action-packed Episode 3 –Â The Long Night,Â David Nutter for Episode Four –Â The Last Of The Starks, and once again Benioff and Weiss forÂ The Iron Throne.
Once again, not Episode Two. Huh.
We have to say, as with the rest of the craftsmanship we mentioned, the acting was still pretty much top notch across the board. And HBO agrees on that score.
Not only are leads Clarke andÂ Kit HaringtonÂ up for nomination, the Supporting categories are LOUSY with talent — includingÂ Sophie Turner,Â Maisie Williams, and seven-time nomineeÂ Peter Dinklage.
See that whole list (below):
Kit Harington – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Alfie Allen – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Pilou Asbaek – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Richard Dormer – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lena Headey – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Sophie Turner – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maisie Williams – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Carice van Houten – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
What Emmys do YOU think the final season ofÂ Game Of Thrones deserves to win??
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