Game of Thrones won the highest honor of the 67th Annual Emmy Awards Sunday night, with HBO's fantasy hit finally winning Outstanding Drama Series.
The series entered the 2015 Emmy race with a whopping 24 nominations, and sets the record for the most wins for a series in a single year, taking home 12 Emmy awards including Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage; Outstanding Writing for showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss; Outstanding Director for David Nutter (He directed Episode 9 - The Dance With Dragons), and the biggest award of the night: Outstanding Drama Series.
Thrones won 8 of those 12 awards at last week's Creative Arts Emmys, including Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Make-Up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Scripted Series; Outstanding Special Visual Effects; Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.
The series was nominated for Outstanding Drama for each of its five seasons, but lost the last two years to AMC's Breaking Bad. Many bet AMC's four-time previous winner Mad Men to reclaim the throne for its final season, but Thrones managed to win its first Outstanding Drama Series award after getting more nominations than any other shows, and it only lost one major category for which it was nominated (Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey each lost Outstanding Supporting Actress to Uzo Aduba for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black). The only top category Thrones won previously was Dinklage's 2011 supporting actor win for the show's first season.
Benioff and Weiss accepted the award for Outstanding Drama Series, and thanked the show's cast and crew and HBO for taking a chance on them and "believing in dragons"
The show dethroned previous record holder, NBC's The West Wing, which won nine Emmy awards in its first season.
I'm glad my favorite series finally conquered the Emmys on author George R.R. Martin's birthday, and I hope Game of Thrones will win it again next year. Season 6 will premiere in 2016.