“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” That is the line famously delivered by Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) in the first season of HBO’s groundbreaking hit fantasy series, Game of Thrones. While the adage came from an ostensibly despicable individual, it seems that the makers of the show have taken it to heart. They have succeeded in winning, while the only ones dying are the main characters. At this year’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, Game of Thrones led the pack, winning more awards than any other show. The adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series won in sixteen categories, including Outstanding Casting – Drama, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Outstanding Costumes – Period/Fantasy, and Outstanding Production Design – Hour-Long. The runner-up – with twelve awards to its name – was the biographical mini-series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. With these victories, Game of Thrones has set the record for most Emmy Awards received by a television drama.
The Creative Arts Emmys presents awards to television series that exhibit the most outstanding artistic and technical achievements. This year was the second in a row that the fantasy series cleaned house at the ceremony. Game of Thrones fans can be quick to laud the series for its well-written dialogue, suspenseful plot, and engaging characters. However, they often forget how much of a technical marvel the show can be. Thanks to the generous amount of funding that HBO is willing to invest in the show, Game of Thrones is just as visually arresting as it is gripping at storytelling. The sets are detailed and eye-catching, the fight scenes are thrilling and action-packed, and the special effects and makeup range from stunning to terrifying. (You can say what you will about how boring the sub-plot in Dorne is, but you cannot deny that that place looks breathtaking.) If you pay close attention to the artistry on display in Game of Thrones, you’ll know why it deserves these awards.
As Game of Thrones prepares for its penultimate seventh season, followers of the show are itching to scrounge up any details they can learn about what to expect. They await any plot leaks or production notes that can provide insight on what the next ten episodes will have in store. Already, there has been some talks about the sub-plot involving the Greyjoy siblings, Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan) and their fight against their devious uncle, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk). After Euron was crowned as the new King of the Iron Islands, the brother-sister duo fled to Essos and sought the aid of Queen Daenerys I Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). According to the leaks, Euron will be making his way to King’s Landing to win the favor of Queen Cersei I Lannister, to both gain extra resources and to achieve his goal of becoming the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The conflict between the siblings and their uncle will come to a head this season since it is reported that Euron will capture either Theon or Yara, which will further develop the arc. There is also a rumor saying that this season will reveal that Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is part of the Targaryen family, similar to how Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) was shown to be the son of Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) at the end of last season. As for new cast members, reports say that two well-respected actors – Jim Broadbent and Angela Lansbury – will make appearances in roles that have yet to be specified. Many months stand between now and the Season Seven premiere of Game of Thrones, but if the show’s Emmy wins are any evidence, it will most likely be very entertaining.