You know how much some fans hated the eighth and final season of HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones”? Well, that’s how much Emmy voters loved it. For all the gripes about the ways in which showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ended the saga based on George R.R. Martin’s series of novels, members of the Television Academy completely embraced the opportunity to give a royal sendoff to the program that was already the most-nominated and the winningest drama series in Emmy history.
Season 8 grabbed 32 nominations, smashing a 25-year-old record set by “NYPD Blue” and propelling HBO to the most nominations any network has ever received in a single year. “Game of Thrones” landed three of the six nominations for directing a drama series,