Why is ‘Game of Thrones’ an Emmy record-breaking series
The coveted Iron Throne. Image credit: Screenrant.

The critically acclaimed TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ won three Emmy awards at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Those, in addition to the previous week’s nine Creative Emmy awards, made out of the HBO adaptation the most awarded fiction show in the ceremony’s history.

While the epic fantasy series is already a usual suspect for taking home awards at the Emmys every year, the 2016 edition had some underdogs winning major awards including Rami Malek of ‘Mr. Robot’ taking Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Tatiana Maslany earning the female counterpart award for his work in ‘Orphan Black.’

Game of Thrones has now won 38 Emmys over the course of six seasons, doing away with the 37-award record held by ‘Frasier’ through its eleven-season run. The critical success of the show is due to a powerful combination of several elements never-before-seen.

‘Game of Thrones’ is all about the details

Analyzing the track record of ‘Game of Thrones’ in Emmy Award ceremonies, people might not find very surprising the fact that one of the first wins of the series was for its Outstanding Main Title Design. The iconic opening with a music score by Ramin Djawadi has been a staple of the show throughout its six-season run for its excruciating amount of detail.

Furthermore, the TV series has earned special honors at the Emmy Awards on several occasions, including recognitions for the camerawork in the show, the sound editing and mixing, and other features that are a vital part of the show’s excellence.

‘Game of Thrones’ puts realism in the fantasy genre

The HBO adaptation allows for some significant creative liberties for its genre, and ‘Game of Thrones’ has capitalized on that by hiring the best in the business.

Audiences have seen people from all over the Seven Kingdoms, epic battles, fantastic feasts, unique cities, and all kinds of exotic places. To bring all these settings to life, the creators of the TV show have partnered up with award-winning designers and artists.

That is why ‘Game of Thrones’ has won many Emmys in categories like art direction, costume design, makeup, hairstyling, visual effects, and others. The creative art team at Westeros and Essos takes fantasy seriously.

The cast and production staff are top notch 

game-of-thrones-cast. Image credit: Digital Spy.

The showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have embarked on this six-season long journey so far with a stellar cast that has evolved through the years with them and the epic story. The series actors are always nominated at the Emmy Awards show.

The show’s accolades in this last Emmy Awards ceremony include the prestigious award for Outstanding Drama Series, the second time in a row GOT wins in this category. Further honors in the 2016 edition also included awards for writing, directing, and performing, although not any individual achievements like in previous years.

All said and done, ‘Game of Thrones’ is scheduled to return in the summer of 2017 for a reduced seventh season. The show will conclude in its season 8, which means there are still two more years for the show to keep breaking records.

The only caveat will be the category in which it does it, as the reduced format perhaps won’t allow it to compete as a full-fledged drama series anymore.

Source: Emmy Awards