In 2014, while the show was in the midst of its fourth season, it became the most-watched HBO show in the premium cable network’s history. It’s easy to see why. The story of Westeros and the competition to control the Iron Throne, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, remains a unique television experience. HBO spares no expense when it comes to special effects every season and the show’s ensemble cast finds new ways to impress audiences each season.
Here’s a dive into the Emmys nominations GOT earned and what you need to know, plus the full list of awards won by the hit show.
1. Peter Dinklage Is Still the Only Actor to Win an Emmy for ‘Game of Thrones’
Despite an incredible cast, only one actor has ever won an Emmy for a performance on Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for the show’s first season and has been nominated for every season. He didn’t win again until last year. He’ll have to wait for another night to win a third.
This year marked the first time Kit Harington and Maisie Williams have earned Emmy nominations. Diana Rigg, who stars as Olenna Tyrell, earned Guest Actress in a Drama nominations for seasons 3, 4 and 5. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, was nominated for Supporting Actress for seasons 3, 5 and 6. Leana Heady, who plays Cersei Lannister, has been up for Supporting Actress for the past three seasons.
The only guest actor nominated for season 5 was Max Von Sydow, who played the Three-Eyed Raven. He lost to Ray Donovan‘s Hank Azaria.
The one thing Game of Thrones actors have going against them is that they can only compete in the supporting categories because the cast is huge. Several members of the main cast can go missing for multiple episodes in a season, forcing them to compete against each other for supporting acting Emmys, as is the case this year. Thrones actors have five of the 12 supporting acting nominations this year.
2. ‘Game of Thrones’ Won 12 Emmys for Season 6
Game of Thrones went into Sunday night with nine wins already, thanks to the Creative Arts Emmys on September 10 and 11. All of these wins were in technical categories that the show excels in. Here’s the full list of wins it earned in the tech categories:
- Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Nina Gold, Robert Sterne & Carla Stronge)
- Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Tim Porter, “Battle of the Bastards”)
- Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Movie (Michele Clapton, Chloe Aubry & Sheena Wichary, “The Winds of Winter”)
- Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special (Jane Walker, Sarah Gower, Emma Sheffield, Tristan Versluis & Barrie Gower, “The Door”)
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) (Onnalee Bank, Matthew Waters, Richard Dyer & Ronan Hill, “Battle of the Bastards”)
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects (Steve Kullback, Joe Bauer, Adam Chazen, Derek Spears, Eric Carney, Sam Conway, Matthew Rouleau, Michelle Blok & Glenn Melenhorst, “Battle of the Bastards”)
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie (Rowley Irlam)
- Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) (Jane Walker, Kate Thompson, Nicola Matthews, Kay Bilk, Marianna Kyriacou & Pamela Smyth, “Battle of the Bastards”)
- Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) (Deborah Riley, Paul Ghirardani & Rob Cameron, “Blood of My Blood,” “The Broken Man” & “No One”)
On Sunday night, the show added:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, “Battle of the Bastards”)
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, “Battle of the Bastards”)
3. The Series Is Now the Most-Awarded Narrative Show in Emmys History
Including the show’s wins at the Creative Arts Emmys this month, Game of Thrones is now the most-awarded narative program in Emmys history with 38 wins. It broke a tie Frasier for the most Emmys ever for a narrative series after winning Outstanding Drama.
If the show doesn’t do it this year, it is bound to reach at least 44 Emmy wins before the show ends. That would tie it with NBC’s Saturday Night Live. What’s remarkable about that stat though is that SNL racked up its wins over 40-plus years. Game of Thrones has won 35 Emmys over just six seasons.
4. In 2015, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Had the Single Most-Honored Season of Any TV Show in History
When Game of Thrones finally won Outstanding Drama Series for season 5 last year, it was a sigh of relief. Every season of the show had been nominated in that category, but lost to Mad Men, Homeland and Breaking Bad.
It wasn’t the only victory for the show last year, as it won 11 other Emmys. Its 12 wins were the most ever for a single season of a show. The previous record-holder was The West Wing, which won nine Emmys in 2000.
“We knew that there would be some resistance at first to a show set in this genre … we knew it would take a while,” executive producer David Benioff said after the show’s victory last year. “But we’d hoped if we did our jobs and if we were fortunate enough to be blessed with the cast and crew that we were blessed with … and if we got lucky, that we’d get there eventually.”
Once again, Game of Thrones is up for Outstanding Drama Series.
5. There Are Only 2 More Seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ Left
Game of Thrones only has two more chances to dominate an Emmys ceremony. HBO confirmed in July that the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss plan on ending the show with season 8.
“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said at the Television Critics’ Association Press Tour in July. “Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.”
Bloys said that they have talked about a spin-off, but he doesn’t think Benioff and Weiss want to even think about that before the main series ends. “It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point,” Bloys said of a spin-off.