'Game of Thrones' Now Most Honored Fictional Show in Emmy History

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September 19th, 2016

Game of Thrones did more than just win its second straight Best Drama Series Emmy on Sept. 18. With its 12th and final Emmy victory for Season 6, the show is now the most decorated fictional TV series ever, with two more seasons left to pass Saturday Night Live as the biggest Emmy winner of all time.

Heading into Emmy night, Game of Thrones already had nine Creative Arts Emmys, bringing its total to 35 over six seasons. It broke its tie with Hill Street Blues as the biggest drama series Emmy winner in history, and needed just three more Emmys to surpass Frasier as the most honored fictional series ever.

The show got its first two awards in Best Writing for writers/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and in Best Director for Miguel Sapochnik, with each honor for the "Battle of the Bastards" episode. About an hour later, the night ended with the Best Drama series win, for the show's 38'th Emmy in its history.

The only show with more Emmys is the variety series Saturday Night Live, which picked up its 45'th win in 41 seasons and first ever for an actor with Kate McKinnon's Best Supporting Actress Comedy victory. SNL will cling to that record for at least one more year, since the late air date for Game of Thrones Season 7 makes it ineligible for the 2017 Emmys.

Thrones still could have surpassed Frasier before the Best Drama award, yet all of its nominated actors and actresses lost first. To this point, Peter Dinklage is still the only actor to ever win an Emmy for the show, but he and Kit Harington lost Supporting Actor Drama this year to Ben Mendelsohn, while Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams all fell in Supporting Actress Drama to Maggie Smith.

With Downton Abbey finished, Clarke, Headey, Williams and others may have a real shot to break through in that category soon. However, with Game of Thrones not coming back until summer 2017, all of the other drama shows, actors and actresses have their own newfound window of opportunity now, at least until the 2018 Emmys.