‘Game Of Thrones’ Broke An Emmys Record, But Fans Are Confused By One Controversial Nomination
“Is this a joke?”
That’s right, GoT, despite a short final season that seemed to satisfy no one, is up for 32 nominations when the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards roll around next fall. Most of those nominations seem obvious, but one in particular caused some kind of spontaneous record-scratch moment across the internet: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for “The Iron Throne,” written by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
One Twitter user spoke for everyone when he asked, “Is this a joke?”
LOL Game of Thrones got outstanding writing?! Is this a joke? pic.twitter.com/tvRw6Tm59i
— reyzando nawara (@reyzando) July 16, 2019
In case you forgot or put it out of your mind to cope with the trauma, “The Iron Throne” prompted a lot of intense reactions, and most of them were negative. So negative the cast was even sad about it.
You can’t blame them, given critics called it “lazy and false,” and said the ending was “not an earned ending.” But those were people paid to be minimally civil. Twitter users responding to the Emmy nomination didn’t bother.
thinking about how game of thrones got nominated for best drama series, best writing and best directing at the emmys….i'm trying to understand… https://t.co/ydsp46kjLA
— Elena🌟 (@artpop_stew) July 16, 2019
The last episode of Game Of Thrones was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing….WHATTT pic.twitter.com/zlgrQAQsun
— Morgan Duffy (@morgzduffy) July 16, 2019
Season 8 of Game of Thrones received 32 Emmy Nominations including one for BEST WRITING for the Series Finale.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Haters: pic.twitter.com/1oUbP5vBne
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) July 16, 2019
The shitty final season of Game of Thrones got an Emmy nomination for its WRITING?????? pic.twitter.com/JkUvK6t4OG
— Brian (@BriNott) July 16, 2019
And so on. Seriously, there’s plenty more where those came from.
No one in a position to know doubted Thrones would clean up, but the nomination for that particular episode really is puzzling, especially since there were at least a couple of others in the six-show season that were much more well-written and engrossing.
Either way, GoT faces tough competition in the writing category from shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and Better Call Saul. It’s anything but guaranteed it will win that one.
We’ll know for sure when the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards is broadcast on September 22, 2019.