The 69th Primetime Emmys are just days away, so naturally it’s time to hop on your favorite search engine and see how your favorite shows will fare. And after a stellar season — with on-point acting, CGI gold, and the best special effects in the biz — it’s a no brainer that Game of Thrones should be nominated for no fewer than 1,000,000 Emmys, right?
But guess what! Game of Thrones has been nominated for exactly ZERO Emmys this year.
That’s okay, because the beloved HBO hit series wasn’t actually eligible to submit anything for the 2017 awards. Why, you ask? Well, Season 7’s premiere date fell after the 2017 industry calendar ended.
So what does that even mean, and why isn’t Kit Harington nominated for being the best brooder in all of television?
It’s probably obvious, but when it comes to award shows, the entertainment industry doesn’t go by your standard Gregorian calendar. For the Emmys, eligible shows must air between June 1st and May 31st of the television year in order to compete in the fall awards show. That means, GoT would have had to premiere before May 31, 2017, in order to be in the running. Last year, the series snuck in, premiering on April 24th, scooping up a whopping 23 nominations (with 12 wins).
Alas, Season 7 of GoT premiered on July 16th, just a month and a half too late. BUT that doesn’t mean we won’t see any of the cast members show up to the awards show to remind the nominees that 2018 will bring stiff competition present.
That being said, we have a feeling that GoT is going to be one of the shows to beat in 2018, considering the all out spectacle that was Season 7. From the stomach-churning special effects and stunning sequences to the A+ acting — seriously though, everyone needs to be submitted next year and I’ll personally run the FYC campaigns — we’d be surprised if GoT doesn’t walk away as one of the highest nominated shows in contention.
So come Sunday, you may not be hearing anyone announce Game of Thrones as the winner but hey, there’s always next year.