Why ‘Game of Thrones’ got zero Emmy nominations this year


game of thrones
Emilia Clarke, who plays
Daenerys, has been nominated for an Emmy three
times.

HBO

The INSIDER Summary:

  • “Game of Thrones” wasn’t eligible for the 2017
    Emmys
  • That’s because it missed the cutoff date to qualify due
    to this season’s delayed production and later premiere
    date.
  • If it were eligible, it would have slayed the
    competition.

In the days leading to Sunday’s Emmys, “Game of Thrones” fans may
be questioning why the hit HBO show isn’t nominated for any
awards – especially because it
usually slays
.

The answer is the show wasn’t eligible for awards this year,
because it’s aired after the cutoff date for qualifying Emmy
entrants.

This year, “Game of Thrones” premiered on Sunday, July 16, about
three months later than it usually does, and the deadline for
Emmy consideration is May 31.

And that’s all because winter finally arrived on season seven.
The production had to be moved up in order to film in the
colder months that were so important to the setting and
storytelling for season seven.

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’
executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the
storylines of the next season would be better served by starting
production a little later than usual, when the weather is
changing,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a
statement last summer. 

“Instead of the show’s
traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to
accommodate the shooting schedule.”

So basically, the show won’t be eligible for the Emmys
again until 2018.

But the competition should really be pleased about the show
bowing out this year. Last year, “Game of Thrones” dominated the
awards show and broke a major
record
. With 38 statues won, “Thrones” now has the most Emmy
wins by an individual show. It dethroned NBC’s “Frasier,” which
held the record with 37 awards.

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