In the words of the great Michael Scott, “how the turntables..” Well, what everybody probably least expected has happened, and the makers of one of the most watched shows on the planet managed to royally screw up the eighth and final season. Each and every single critic over the internet predicted ‘Game of Thrones’ to be mammoth, in terms of both numbers and awards, and while the former didn’t dwindle, the latter sure loks like it might. We will still reserve that judgment for the last bit of this writeup.
From Starbucks cups to plot inconsistencies, to poorly received fan reactions and to the grand finale for everything sitting at an abysmal 4.3 on IMDb, the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ has been in the news notoriously high and for all the wrong reasons. Well, this should surely make things interesting, now that the other shows supposedly have a clearer shot at the title. As a fan, it aches me to say that they do, deservedly so. However, for some reason that evades my senses, even despite its debacle, ‘Game of Thrones’ is still in the top bidding for the Best Drama Series according to several critics, the palpable reasons for which we will discuss soon.
With the GoT debacle, there are indeed no obvious winners this year, even after a number of great shows that have been announced and are upcoming not eligible for the race, including ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Homeland’ among others, that released just after June 1 this year, making them ineligible for the Emmy awards that air in September later this year. For now, predicting the winner should be fun now that new avenues have opened up and a record number of shows have crossed into the nominations. Read on to find what show I think is the strongest contender for Outstanding Drama Series at Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Julia Roberts’ maiden television series, ‘Homecoming‘, earned a lot of nominations this year at mostly all major award functions, including the Golden Globes and the Critic’s Choice, most of them for best show and best actress for Roberts, notably winning the Satellite awards. While watching the show personally was a mixed bag of thoughts for me, it had the critics solidly backing it, but what really hurt its chances at a nomination, apart from the obviously tough competition is the thirty minute runtime ruse that the Academy wasn’t anyway comfortable with. The show has been renewed for a second season due for airing on prime this fall.