Game of Thrones' Final Season Cleans House With a Record-Breaking Number of Emmy Nominations

Sansa’s strolling into this year’s Emmy Awards.
Sansa’s strolling into this year’s Emmy Awards.
Photo: HBO

The 71st Emmy Awards, celebrating the biggest television shows out there, just announced all its nominees. Of course, everyone is dying to know how Game of Thrones’ divisive eighth and final season would fare on its last trip to the ceremony—and the show has gone and done it again. The final season may have not have endeared itself to all fans, but it’s leading the pack with a record-breaking 32 nominations.


Many of Game of Thrones’ biggest actors are nominated this year. Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke were both nominated for best actor and actress, respectively, while four women from the series—Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, and Lena Headey—were nominated for supporting actress. Peter Dinklage is joined by Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the supporting actor category...which interestingly ignored Isaac Hempstead-Wright, aka the guy who actually became king of Westeros.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s second season was mostly represented last year, but did manage to secure a couple of nominations this year. This includes a Best Directing nomination for Daina Reid, who helmed the standout episode “Holly.”

Russian Doll, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and The Good Place also secured some nominations this year, but nowhere to the degree of Game of Thrones’ finale season. The series is now at a whipping 164 Emmy nominations, the most of any scripted show in history. Regardless of how you feel about the final season, and some of us feel a lot, that’s an impressive feat.

Here are this year’s nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Bodyguard (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Killing Eve (AMC/BBC America)
Ozark (Netflix)
Pose (FX)
Succession (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)


Outstanding Comedy Series

Barry (HBO)
Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
The Good Place (NBC)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Veep (HBO)


Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Deadwood: The Movie
King Lear
My Dinner with Herve

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Vader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This is Us


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark 
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve 
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones 
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones 


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Timothy Simons, Veep
Henry Winkler, Barry


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live


Outsanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Alec Berg, Bill Hader, “ronny/lily,” Barry
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Episode 1,” Fleabag
Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, “Anna Ishii-Peters,” PEN15
Allison Silverman, “A Warm Body,” Russian Doll
Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, “Nothing In This World Is Easy,” Russian Doll
Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, “Janet(s),” The Good Place
David Mandel, “Veep,” Veep


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael Angarano, This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone
Glynn Turman, How To Get Away With Murder
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black
Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder


Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, “The Iron Throne,” Game of Thrones
David Nutter, “The Last of the Starks,” Game of Thrones
Miguel Sapochnik, “The Long Night,” Game of Thrones
Lisa Brühlmann, “Desperate Times,” Killing Eve
Jason Bateman, “Reparations,” Ozark
Adam McKay, “Celebration,” Succession
Daina Reid, “Holly,” The Handmaid’s Tale


Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

“Penultimate Peril: Part 2,” A Series of Unfortunate Events
“Forbidden Fruit,” American Horror Story: Apocalypse
“The Bells,” Game of Thrones
“Hard Times,” Good Omens
“The Word,” The Handmaid’s Tale


The Emmy Awards air September 22 on Fox.

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Fred Fuchs

I think we can just chalk up most of those GoT nominations as nominations for the entire series. Lena Headey spent more time staring out a window this season than actually acting in any meaningful way. But she deserves an award for the first 7 seasons.