Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television, with constantly climbing ratings breaking their own records seemingly every week. Even four seasons in, the series adds new fans every day like so many Katamari — after all, the series pretty much has something for everybody. But despite critical acclaim and a whopping 42 primetime Emmy nominations, the series has only won for a single major category at the Emmys: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) for Best Supporting Actor for the first season in 2011. How are so few wins possible?

HBO executives have some ideas about the show's major snubs. One theory? Everything is just too good. "Peter Dinklage is as good as any actor on TV. Lena [Headey (Cersei Lannister)] is phenomenal. I guess they're so good you're not aware of it," posits programming president Michael Lombardo to Entertainment Weekly.

"There seems to be a disconnect," Michael continues. "This would not work without compelling writing and unbelievable acting and [superb] direction. And I think that's part of the challenge of a show that's a genre show. I think people think the show is carried along on its production values."

He adds, "Behind the dragons and costumes and landscapes there's unbelievable talent at work. And none of it would be emotionally relatable if not for artistry in the writing, directing, and acting."

It's a valid point. When writing, production, direction, and performance all work together so smoothly as a top-notch team, it's hard for any one potential honoree to stand out from the crowd.

"What frustrates me about the show is people really love and connect with the characters," says Michael. "Somehow, [Emmy voters] don't put two and two together that there are great actors embodying those roles."

It's not just the actors, either. Michael points out that he believes the show's writers have been especially robbed during awards season. "David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are not just good — they are exceptional writers," he says.

However, the exec doesn't want to sound sore; he's proud of the show. "I would hate to sound the least bit sour grapes," he clarifies, saying better recognition in awards season would just be a nice thing to have.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly