HBO's recently-wrapped fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" was expected to clean up at this year's Emmy nominations, and boy, did it ever, snagging a whopping 32 nods for its eighth and final season. And with that tally, the show has once again broken another Emmys record.
This latest batch of nominations has officially certified "Thrones" as the drama series to earn the most nods for a single season. It bested an impressive 25-year record set by ABC's "NYPD Blue," which notched 27 nominations for a single season back in 1994.
"Game of Thrones" had previously set the all-time total Emmy nominations record, with its cumulative 129 nods earned as of 2018 (a record that it's now broken once again). And it had also become the winningest primetime series ever at the Emmys, taking home 47 statuettes as of last year (yet another record that we think will soon be topped).
As Entertainment Weekly notes, one of the most impressive aspects of this year's "Thrones" achievement is that every single actor that HBO submitted for awards consideration -- and several who submitted themselves -- all received nods, bringing the show's total acting nominations tally this year to nine. That was no doubt welcome news for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, who switched their eligibility from the supporting categories to lead last year, and were shut out; this year, they both made the cut.
Sophie Turner received her first-ever nomination this year, in the supporting category, helping "Thrones" to set yet another record. It's now the only drama series to have four actresses represented in the supporting field in one year (Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie), beating the previous record of three.
Expect even more Emmys history for "Thrones" when awards are handed out. The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are slated for Sunday, September 22 on Fox.
[h/t Entertainment Weekly]