The 71st Primetime Emmys, Television’s biggest awards night held on Sunday in Los Angeles, USA and as expected, the biggest win of the night went to Game of Thrones.
Although GOT, as it is fondly called, had a record number of nominations and won just two, the show took home outstanding drama series, plus Peter Dinklage won best supporting actor in a drama, a fitting farewell to the hugely influential HBO series
The show was nominated for 32 awards, the most for any single season of television ever and had already won 10 Creative Arts Emmys last week.
Game of Thrones took home the night’s final prize for outstanding drama series and a best-supporting actor nod for American star Peter Dinklage – bringing its total to 12 awards and breaking its own 2015 record for the most awards given to a series.
It was also a British invasion as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag sweeping most of the comedy awards in a night that saw numerous nods to stars from across the pond.
Waller-Bridge also claimed lead actress in a comedy series – a surprise win over Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who would have become the most decorated Emmys performer of all time had she won a ninth award for her role as Selina Meyer on Veep.
Outside of the British winners, other highlights of the evening included two nods to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein for supporting actor and actress in a comedy series, respectively – and an underdog win for Ozark’s Julia Garner as outstanding supporting actress, besting Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke.
Game of Thrones still got its recognition, however, as a portion of its massive cast and crew took the stage for the night’s biggest honour. Given all the fire and ice, dragons and long shoots, “it is amazing that all of you are still alive”, said co-showrunner DB Weiss. “I can’t believe we finished it.”