The watch has ended for Game of Thrones fans after the show's eighth and final season, but there was still a little more action in Westeros this weekend. No, we're not talking about any prequel series (or the impending real-life arrival of winter) — instead, it was the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards which the show came into with a record-breaking slate of nominations.
Game of Thrones cleaned up at the Creatives Arts Emmy Awards, which took place Sept. 14 and 15, but Thrones had a bit more trouble earning trophies at the Primetime Emmys even itself. That said, the show's final stretch still earned a few important new trophies at, so here's a look at everything Game of Thrones won.
Outstanding Drama Series: For its fourth straight season, Game of Thrones won best drama series at the Emmys (that comes across five years, as the show wasn't eligible for Emmy consideration in 2017). The series' final season might have been divisive, but it was apparently still good enough to best fellow drama favorites Better Call Saul, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Ozark, Pose, Succession, and This Is Us. The show previously won in the same category in 2015, 2016, and 2018, and was nominated in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Three Game of Thrones stars were nominated in this category, but, ultimately, Peter Dinklage impressed the Television Academy the most and collected his record-setting win. Dinklage beat out fellow Thrones stars Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, along with Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards).
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: Although there weren't many new additions to the call sheet for Game of Thrones Season 8, casting directors Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, and Carla Stronge still notched another win for their work on the series' final stretch.
Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes: Costume designer Michele Clapton's trophy shelf got even heavier over the weekend, as she won her fifth Game of Thrones Emmy (and sixth Emmy overall) for "The Bells." Costume supervisors Emma O'Loughlin and Kate O'Farrell were also awarded. Considering that was the episode where Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke) outfits were working overtime to justify that Mad Queen heel-turn, this victory was much deserved.
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones had three contenders in the category, and of those, it was Tim Porter who won for "The Long Night," beating out fellow show editors Kate Weiland (for "The Iron Throne") and Crispin Green (for "Winterfell").
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic): All the blood and dirt that went into making the Battle of Winterfell in "The Long Night" paid off with a win for makeup artists Jane Walker, Kay Bilk, Marianna Kelleher, Nicola Matthews, and Pamela Smyth in the non-prosthetics category.
Outstanding Main Title Design: Game of Thrones' always impressive opening sequence became especially helpful in Season 8 as it reflected the many changes in Westeros week to week, even as the dizzying pacing threw us all for a loop. So it's hardly a surprise that the show claimed the win for this category again this year, after previously winning for it in 2011.
Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score): Ramin Djawadi's intensely eerie score for "The Long Night" resulted in his second-ever Emmy win after previously collecting the prize in 2018 for his work on "The Dragon and the Wolf." He was also previously nominated in 2014 for his music for "The Mountain and the Viper."
Outstanding Sound Mixing/Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour): Fans might not have been able to see "The Long Night," but they could sure hear it, which is probably why the episode earned honors for sound editing and mixing.
Outstanding Special Visual Effects: "The Bells" was perhaps one of Game of Thrones' most special effects-heavy episodes ever, which makes it no surprise that it emerged victorious in this category.
Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie: As the many behind-the-scenes looks at Game of Thrones' final stretch proved, the action-packed final season was an intense experience for the stunt coordinators and extras, so this win is also little surprise.
Notable losses: The production design team who'd previously won for their work on Game of Thrones in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 did not emerge victorious again this year, nor did Jonathan Freeman for his impressive cinematography on "The Iron Throne." Also, the visibility issues in "The Long Night" must have been problematic for the Academy, too, because the episode was bested by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for hairstyling, and Carice van Houten did not win for her fiery turn as the Red Woman in the season's third episode.
Meanwhile, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams were all snubbed in favor Ozark star Julia Garner, and Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington were overlooked in the best lead acting categories. And although David Benioff and D.B. Weis0s would ultimately take the stage to collect the award for Outstanding Drama Series, they did not win for their writing of the polarizing script for "The Iron Throne," nor was the show recognized in the directing category.