Last night, on George R.R. Martin’s sixty-seventh birthday, no less, “Game of Thrones” received record-breaking recognition at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. HBO’s hit fantasy series had stiff competition this year, even without “Breaking Bad” to contend with, but the night was a sweeping victory for the show. “Game of Thrones” came away with a total of twelve awards,, including “Outstanding Drama Series,” “Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series,” and “Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, breaking the record for the most Emmys won by a series in one year. In addition to the awards given to the entirety of “Game of Thrones,” actor Peter Dinklage, who plays fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister, was recognized for his acting chops once again, receiving his second Emmy. Overall, the night was a triumph for “Game of Thrones,” and it was only icing on the cake that George R.R. Martin, the creator of the book series upon which the show was based, was there to witness the historical moment on his birthday.
While the cast and crew of “Game of Thrones,” were ebullient after last night’s awards, many critics were less then pleased. Fans who were not entirely happy with last season of “Game of Thrones,” citing sloppy writing and poorly done adaptions of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, questioned whether the show was truly receiving awards based on merit this year, as opposed to a sense of duty after the Emmys largely ignored the show in earlier years in favor of other major series, such as “Mad Men,” and “Breaking Bad.” Many especially objected to the award of “Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series,” which was given for the episode “Mother’s Mercy,”–one of the weakest and campiest parts of Season Five, in some people’s opinion. Others objected to Peter Dinklage’s second Emmy Award, suggesting that perhaps some of the other incredible acting talent in the show be recognized. While many were disappointed that actress Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, did not receive the award she was nominated for, others suggested actors with lesser roles, such as Alfie Allen, who expertly play Theon Greyjoy, deserved some time in the spotlight. Overall, the “Game of Thrones'” Emmy Awards were met with a certain amount of displeasure this year, which is surprising given the show’s rabid fan-base.
As “Game of Thrones” continues to prepare for its sixth season, one can only hope April will bring us another award winning segment of the series. Let’s hope that the show can continue to impress critics as it continues, while additionally making a better impression on die-hard fans.
So! What do you think of “Game of Thrones'” Emmy Awards? Were they deserved or not? Comment below. Season 6 premieres in Spring of 2016.