Game of Thrones Takes Home 12 Emmy Awards for Its Final Season
The HBO fantasy epic netted 32 Emmy Award nominations for its eighth and final season
The HBO fantasy epic won a total of 12 Emmys for its eighth and final season, with Peter Dinklage winning for outstanding supporting actor and the show winning for outstanding drama series on Sunday evening.
Nominations included outstanding drama series, Kit Harington for best actor, Emilia Clarke for best actress, four best supporting actress nods (Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams) and a trio of best supporting actor contenders (Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Dinklage).
Ahead of presenting an award on Sunday, part of the cast took the stage together, where they were honored for their work over the past eight seasons and spoke about how much the series means to them.
“It’s an honor for us all to be here tonight,” began GoT actor Allen.
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“I think all of us agree how amazing the entire last season was for us,” Turner told the crowd. “We had no idea how it would end, who would betray whom and who would end up with the prize.”
“As much as we wish the show could have gone on forever, our time had come,” Williams added. “And tonight, is a chance to, once again, thank all of those who watched.”
The series set a new record for the most nominations for a series in 2019. Before Sunday, GoT boasted 260 Emmys and had been nominated over 700 times since it premiered in 2011.
“Many thanks to the Academy,” Harington, 32, told PEOPLE in a statement following the nominations. “It’s been an amazing journey with ol’ Jon Snow. I’m thrilled he’s been nominated.”
A prequel series written by A Song of Ice and Fire scribe George R.R. Martin is currently in development.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on Sunday, Sept. 22 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Fox.