Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Best Drama, Creators Thank George R.R. Martin's "Demented Mind"

The HBO series beat out fellow nominees 'Better Call Saul,' 'Bodyguard,' 'Killing Eve,' 'Ozark,' 'Pose,' 'Succession' and 'This Is Us.'

Game of Thrones took home the prize for best drama series at the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. 

Upon accepting the trophy, co-creator David Benioff said "This all started in the demented mind of George R.R. Martin." Co-creator D.B. Weiss went on to thank the cast, noting that they make everything they write better. The team also thanked their collaborators at HBO for all their hard work over the years, along with "the hardest crew, joking that it's "amazing they are all still alive."

The show beat out fellow nominees, Better Call Saul (AMC), Bodyguard (Netflix), Killing Eve (BBC America), Ozark (Netflix), Pose (FX), Succession (HBO) and This is Us (NBC). 

Overall, Game of Thrones was nominated for 32 Emmy Awards this year — which included 10 wins at the Creative Arts Emmys — breaking a record for the most noms in a single year. It was the fourth time the HBO fantasy drama led the pack of nominations, beginning in 2014 and ending with its final divisive season.

Backstage, Benioff talked about ending the show on a high note: "Part of it is just, we've worked together for so long. It's a cliche, but we've become a family. As Dan said onstage before, a lot of people standing up here grew up on this show. The rest of us grew old on this show. The hardest part is that it's over and we're not going to be working with them again, at least in the short term. But the fun of it is that we're here, and we get to celebrate now."

Considering how Thrones will go down in history, Weiss said, "That's a big question. It's not really up to us to decide how people feel about it. Hope people watch and like it in the future. There's no way to tell how things are going to be perceived in 10, 20, even five years. These things change so fast. The landscape of television changes so quickly, it's changing as we're standing here right now. It's so gratifying to have reached this many people. I hope people who are a little too young to watch now will grow up to learn about it and watch it in the future."

Asked whether his character on the show will ever really leave him, actor Peter Dinklage joked that he's seen a doctor about getting the character out of him. "Doctor says it's hopeless." The actor went on to say that he doesn't want to shake the character, or any of the people he met during the show. "It was 10 years of my life. A lot of us had children, a lot of us were children when we started. Now we're beautiful grown-ups. So, yes. It's going to be very hard to shake."

When asked how he dealt with the controversy of the ending, actor Kit Harington said backstage that he still hasn't seen the final season of the show: "But I know what it took to shoot it. And it was hard, and everyone put all their love and effort into it. We knew what we were doing was right for the characters story-wise, because we'd lived with them for 10 years."

The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on Fox from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. For the first time since 2003 — and suggesting a trend after the Oscars recently went without a host — the ceremony was hostless this year.