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Look out, handmaids: The dragons are back. While nominations haven’t yet been released, no one should be surprised if HBO’s “Game of Thrones” rules over Emmy season yet again.
While “Thrones” sat out last season due to its production and release schedule, new dramas leapt to the forefront to fill the void. Last year, several new series, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Westworld,” “Stranger Things,” “The Crown,” and “This Is Us,” had clearer paths to awards attention without the most-discussed show in the world to contend with. “Handmaid’s” took prizes for writing, directing, and best drama, while craft prizes for makeup, sound mixing, and special visual effects went to HBO’s “Westworld.” All of those prizes had gone to “Game of Thrones” the two previous ceremonies; indeed, “Thrones” had won the previous five visual effects trophies on its path to becoming the most Emmy-decorated primetime scripted show in history in just six seasons.
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To many—including, surely, the nominees and winners—the break from “Thrones” was a pleasant one.
But there’s a way in which the return of “Thrones” to the awards stage, if it should happen, is something to cheer. Even its critics can acknowledge that the show has become something unparalleled in the 2018 TV landscape: a show that, unlike just about any other, unites viewers. It’s certainly not the only thing television can do, or the only function of television that deserves to be celebrated. But at a particularly unsettled moment, a show that knits together so many divergent corners of the TV-watching populace seems less like a monolithic threat to other nominees and more like a natural contender for awards attention.
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It’s impossible to compare ratings, given how little is publicly known about streaming viewership. (Perhaps the second season of “Stranger Things” measured up favorably, or at least competitively, with last summer’s “Game...
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