Game of Thrones episode hated by fans seeks Emmy for best writing

HBO suggests the polarizing series finale deserves an Emmy for its writing chops.

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Bran contemplates the series finale Emmy chances.


Game of Thrones fans had lots of complaints about the writing for the show's final season, particularly the last two episodes. One of the scripts that fed a massive petition calling for a rewrite is now up for consideration for the Emmy television awards

The 2019 Emmy Awards nominating ballots arrived on Tuesday. HBO had six episodes to choose from, including the widely lauded A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, but it decided to submit the divisive finale episode The Iron Throne in the category for best writing. The ballots will be used to narrow down the submissions to the final nominees.

Some fans weren't thrilled at the choice, and posted various derisive GIFs and images in response, which goes to show hard feelings are still lingering. One showed a picture of Ted Danson from The Good Place with the caption, "Even metaphorically, it's lame." Another showed Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) cracking up.

The ballots contain some other Game of Thrones nuggets. The Iron Throne, The Last of the Starks and The Long Night all appear in the directing category. Most of the fan complaints around the final season centered on the writing for the show rather than the directing. 

HBO also offered up Game of Thrones in categories ranging from art direction to costuming. 

The show gilded its already gaudy trophy case at the Emmy Awards in 2018 when it won for outstanding drama. Will it add another? Some fans might argue against it.

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