The Emmys are a lot harder to predict than the Oscars. Given that the eligibility period does not span the calendar year, it can be tricky to even figure out what could possibly be nominated. There is, however, one thing that's nearly certain as 2019's Emmy season approaches: Game of Thrones is going to win a lot of trophies this year. Regardless of how you felt about the divisive final season, it would be awfully surprising if the Television Academy didn't treat the September 22 awards ceremony as final coronation for one of its perpetual favorites.
But more on that later; first some background. The Emmys eligibility period spans from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, which means you might have to think back on some of the shows you watched last summer to dream up a convincing list of nominees. It also means that series with currently debuting seasons, like Big Little Lies, are out of the running. What slightly complicates that is the "hanging eligibility" rule, which allows shows to submit episodes that aired out of the previous year's window for individual categories. For instance, while The Handmaid's Tale was up for Best Drama at the 2018 awards, it will be submitting a couple of episodes this go around. So, yes, the TV Academy does love to make matters extra confusing.
An important thing to remember about the Emmys as we get into our predictions is that while there are often a lot of curveballs, the Academy also thrives on repetition. (Remember how Downton Abbey just wouldn't... stop... winning?) With that said, let's get to our best guesses for nominees and winners before the nominations are announced on July 16.