High hopes, high expectations, and a plethora of shows. This is Emmy’s single dilemma in this so-called golden era of TV. With the number of shows and networks waxing at the pace of a race car, the submission and selection of nominees have become a massive ordeal. The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones both sit in the same category. And, equally deserve to take home the Emmy Outstanding Drama Series Award.
There are 40% more comedies; in addition to, 60% more drama series that have been submitted for analysis. The categories are now bloating with the best of picks as nominees, and the lack of policing is creating mayhem. There are, undoubtedly, some deserving candidates sitting out, and some undeserving ones sitting in. But this is now a regular rhythm for contemporary award shows, which can be only avoided not obliterated. Emmys are often a subject of scorn, owing to certain unfair nominations; however, they still do ensure that major players sit in.
Outstanding Drama Series Competitors
This time too, the Emmy category for Outstanding Drama Series is rife with magnum opera. These aren’t just enthusiastically popular, but their critical reception is also worthy of commendation. I cannot pick a single show out of ‘This Is Us’, ‘The Americans’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘The Game Of Thrones’, ‘Westworld’, and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ which I think is not fit for the award. While all other tours de force hold their own forte, the victors of the past have an entirely different game. The Handmaids’ Tale and ‘The Game Of Thrones’ who have held the mantle of the best show in the past are now pitted against each other.
Last Year’s Win
At the previous Emmys, The Handmaid’s Tale (THT) emerged as a formidable champion, taking home 8 stupendous awards. The show was throned as the best show, and its lead star Elisabeth Moss grabbed the title of the best actress in a drama series. Sweeping away anything that tried to intervene its path, THT made The Emmys -17 its own. However, last time the show did not have an adversary with enough experience of sitting on the throne. The Game Of Thrones hadn’t aired any new episodes for long, but now that it’s back from its seasonal break it poses a tough competition for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Game of Thrones’ Long Rein in the Emmys
Game Of Thrones (GOT) has a cult of followers, a cult larger than the people who’ve voted for Trump as president. Or perhaps, a following greater than the population of New Jersey. Having been in power for two consecutive years, the show has made its point very clear: its here to rule. The Handmaid’s Tale currently holds 20, as compared to Game Of Throne’s 22 nominations. At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the Game of Thrones finished with 7 awards while The Handmaid’s Tale fared with markedly less but consistent 3 wins.
This; however, does not put a strong case forward for GOT’s consequent triumph at the best show section. In fact, it debates with facts against it. Game of Thrones is an epic, its sequences require larger than life labor and sufficient creativity to revert the set-up into an era of fantasy. Even if the story telling is below the benchmark for such shows, they cannot be simply neglected owing to the overwork that takes in their making. But once, the physic-techno set up has been praised enough, we can go ahead to carefully scrutinize the show for its plot and performances.
There are not many vivid visuals to THT. The women are mostly plain Janes who don the same outfit every day. The show’s second season furthered its commitment to the portrayal of the zeitgeist of a futuristic poisoned society. The show’s relentless feminist tone registered more brutally with its second season. With strong theatricals galore, and its magnanimous story-telling THT 2 surpassed the quality of GOT’s last season. It obviously lacked Game Of Throne’s stunning visuals and flying dragons but had its own figurative dragonesses whose phenomenal but real performances bespoke greater volumes.
We here are obviously not undermining the dominance of other invincible contestants. THT and Game of Thrones have created their own legacy with their past victories; hence, they deserve to be in a brighter light than the emerging sovereigns.