'Game of Thrones' Final Season Sets Emmy Record for Most Nominations in a Single Year

Game of Thrones - Season Eight, Series Finale - Episode Six - Image16- Publicity-H 2019
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Nobody liked the final season of Game of Thrones? The 2019 Emmy nominations strongly suggest otherwise.

With its divisive final season, Game of Thrones has shattered Emmy records, as sure as Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) shattered the Night King (Vladimir Furdik). For the fourth time in series history, HBO's landmark fantasy epic leads the field of Emmy nominees, earning a staggering 32 nominations all told, including drama series. This is the fourth time Game of Thrones has led the pack of Emmy nominations, beginning in 2014 with 19 nominations, 2015 with 24 nominations, 2016 with 23 nominations and 2018 with 22 nominations. The series was not eligible in 2017.

With its 2019 haul of nominations, Game of Thrones extends its record number of nods for a scripted series from 128 to 161. It joins a list of shows with outstanding series nominations for every one of its seasons — a list that includes AMC's Mad Men and fellow newly departed HBO series Veep. With its drama series nomination, Thrones is poised to tie a record for most wins for a drama series at four; other record-holders include Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The West Wing and Mad Men. The final season's 32 nominations sets a new record for most nominations for a drama series in its final season, previously held by AMC's Breaking Bad with 29 nominations across 2013 and 2014.

In acting categories, Thrones posts its biggest number of nominations yet by far, with 10 different actors receiving nominations. Nominated for the eighth time for his role as Tyrion Lannister, star Peter Dinklage extends his record for most nods for a single performer in a drama, male or female. Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are also nominated in the lead actor and lead actress in a drama series categories. It's their second and fourth nominations for the roles of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively, for which they were previously nominated in the supporting actor categories.

In supporting categories, eight different stars received nominations: Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) as well as Carice van Houten; appearing in only one episode, van Houten received a guest actress nomination for her work as Melisandre. These are the first-ever nominations for Allen, Turner, Christie and van Houten.

Creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss received two shared nominations each for their work writing and directing the series finale, "The Iron Throne." It is the only writing nomination Game of Thrones received. Beyond Benioff and Weiss, however, the final season's two other directors — David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik — both received nominations for their work on "The Last of the Starks" and "The Long Night," respectively.

The full list of Game of Thrones' Emmy nominations is below.

• Outstanding Drama Series
• Kit Harington, Lead Actor in a Drama Series
• Emilia Clarke, Lead Actress in a Drama Series
• Peter Dinklage, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Alfie Allen, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Lena Headey, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Maisie Williams, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Sophie Turner, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Gwendoline Christie, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Carice van Houten, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
• David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
• Miguel Sapochnik, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
• David Nutter, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
• David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
• Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)
• Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
• Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
• Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program
• Outstanding Main Title Design
• Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
• Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special
• Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
• Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
• Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
• Outstanding Special Visual Effects
• Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie