‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy Record: Did It Deserve It?
Game of Thrones shocked everyone by taking home its first ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama for the show’s fifth season. Not only did the HBO fantasy take home primetime’s top award, the show also took home Emmys for Best Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage), Best Writing, Best Directing, and a number of technical awards.
Game of Thrones won so many awards that it actually broke the record for most Emmys won in a single show, bringing home a cool dozen. And although we’re super happy the show is finally getting some award show love, we can’t help but feel this was the wrong season for it to finally earn its win. Here’s why.
Dorne. A lot of things didn’t work in Season 5, and the Dornish plot was chief among them. The storyline featured painful acting, wasted characters, legendarily bad fight scenes, some of the most gratuitous nudity the show’s seen in years, and quite possibly the worst line of dialogue GoT has ever put on screen: “You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy.” WTF is that?! All of this may have been forgivable if the Dornish plot actually went anywhere, but alas, it did not.
Unnecessary Rape. We’re not saying rape is ever necessary, but its depiction in a work of fiction can at least sometimes be justified for plot or character development purposes. That was not the case in Season 5. The much-maligned rape of Sansa Stark, a scene that famously is not in the A Song of Ice and Fire books, seemed to exist for no other reason than to shock and disturb. Sansa wasn’t any different after the incident, and neither was Ramsay, nor Theon. The scene existed solely for controversy it seems, and unfortunately the show was rewarded for it.
The Rise of the Sparrows. One of the better aspects of the season was probably the Sparrows, the religious zealots who take over King’s Landing, but where did they come from? There were no hints of their existence, no build up to their ascent; they simply showed up out of nowhere and took over for BS reasons. That’s not storytelling, that’s a cop out.
Character Injustices. The show did not do right by a number of characters in Season 5. Some, like Brienne, wasted away for an entire season with nothing to do, while others, like Stannis, underwent excellent character development only to have the rug pulled out from them in a way that did not advance the story or remain true to the character. The show has never been as bad at handling its characters as it was in Season 5.
Lazy and Nonsensical Plot Holes. Varys popping up in Meereen as if by magic, the Night’s Watch killing Jon Snow right after letting him through the Wall with a ton of Wildings (seriously, why not just leave him and the Wildlings on the other side?), the Unsullied suddenly forgetting they’re the world’s best fighting force... we could go on, but what’s the point? The show has never seemed as hastily thrown together as it did in Season 5, but apparently, that’s just what the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences loved about it.