Why Game of Thrones Did Not Deserve the Emmy for Best Drama

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Why Game of Thrones Did Not Deserve the Emmy for Best Drama

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even years ago, a TV show came along and parked itself smack dab in our popular consciousness. The reasons why Game of Thrones became a landmark are manifold. The show was operating at a visual scale unlike anything else in the world, let alone TV. It created a multiverse of charming, interesting, and incestuous characters like Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, fricking Littlefinger, etc in a span of time shorter than Marvel execs could utter the world, “sequels.”

Thrones had magic and mystique, but its characters seemed oddly believable because the world they inhabited, helmed by George RR Martin, was rooted in conflict, strategy, and ideological differences, much like ours. Back then, Game of Thrones was a show for people who loved playing in the logistical minefield of Monopoly, but with the added thrill of unexpected death and the majesty of dragons.

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