Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones - Deserves to win
Hate to break the bad news to you mad ladies and gentlemen but (that’s enough, you get it and Downton Abbey is nearly impossible to work into this) Game of Thrones deserves to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. It may be almost impossible take this argument seriously after that but please try, mostly because the HBO fantasy’s third season was a stunning achievement and the show delivers on so many fronts. It is the most complete package on television. Game of Thrones not only features fantastic drama but also exquisite and (Creative Arts) Emmy winning special effects and makeup, not to mention beautiful costumes and expertly choreographed action sequences.

But if you want to just talk ‘drama,’ GoT has also got the best and boldest storytelling and characterization on television. The nominated writers, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, have condensed George R.R. Martin’s epic series with amazing efficiency and without losing any of the source materials detail or surprises, a.k.a. killing off the main characters. And the supporting characters. The end of ”The Rains of Castamere” will likely be what most people remember about Season 3 but it also contained so many other brilliant stories, from Jaime and Brienne’s perilous journey to Daenerys rise to power a half a made up world away. And finally, Game of Thrones features phenomenal performances from everyone in a giant (Hodor) ensemble. Emilia Clarke, Diana Rigg and Peter Dinklage (again) all nabbed nods but let’s hope they all (cast and crew) get recognized with an ‘Outstanding Drama’ win.

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey - Deserves to win.
Downton Abbey’s charm lies in its period costumes, lingo, and decorum, and its intricate portrayal of different social roles in the early twentieth century. Featuring a high-end cast that includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Michelle Dockery, the drama has managed to be a hit on both sides of the pond and has cleaned up at the Emmy’s in the past, which was a bit of a surprise to everyone last season when the program switched from the miniseries to the series category. The show is a crowd pleaser, and it was even more so during its third season, which means there’s no reason to think Downton Abbey can’t continue to compete against some of TV’s best at this year’s Emmy Awards.

We’ve dealt with the drama of war and some ever-evolving plotlines on Downton Abbey, but there’s been nothing that hit audiences quite as hard as the heartbreak in the show’s third season. Characters died and relationships changed, but the show’s most compelling promise has been its backdrop of social change, a concept that is rarely directly addressed but comes to the forefront through characters like Tom Branson and through the Crawley family’s faltering acquaintances. Downton Abbey, like the world in the 1920s, is always pushing forward, and it brings new ideas to the table every time it does, making the series the freshest program on television--despite its stuffy period status.

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