On Tuesday, the controversial eighth season show, Game of Thrones earned 32 Emmy Award nominations, setting a new record after beating the groundbreaking drama NYPD Blue, which snagged 26 nominations in 1994.
In spite of mixed reviews for its final six episodes, the drama series now has 160 Emmy nominations under its belt since it debuted in 2011 and a whopping 47 wins so far.
Game of Thrones’ accolades included a nomination for Outstanding Drama — an award it’s won three times already — as well as for cinematography, editing, directing, and many acting nods. The show’s record-breaking season crowned a stellar year for HBO, which racked up 137 nominations overall for acclaimed limited series like Chernobyl and Sharp Objects, popular comedies like Veep and Barry, and dramas like Succession.
In 1994, NYPD Blue only took home six awards on Emmy night even with the highest number of nominations, we wonder how many Game of Thrones will win. It will be hard for Emmy voters to overlook the amount of fan backlash and critical disappointment that the show’s final season brought with it.
Game of Thrones has been nominated every season it’s aired, but has only won for its last three seasons — seasons five, six, and seven, each one with critical receptions that have ranged from scathing to lackluster. In other words, the more the show’s quality declines, the more awards it seems to win.