Game of Thrones won Best Drama.
Even Game of Thrones superfans would admit that the seventh season of the show was controversial: The most charitable defense of the often lackluster plotting was that the show's creators had to move a bunch of pieces across the board in awkward ways to set up the final season. Despite picking up seven trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, it wasn't surprising that the fantasy show was mostly shut out of the major Emmy awards last night. (Peter Dinklage did win for Best Supporting Actor, and even he seemed a little tired of accepting the award.)
So, it was unexpected when the show won Best Drama at the end of the night, beating out the final season of FX's acclaimed spy saga The Americans and a range of buzzier, newer shows, including The Crown, This Is Us, and The Handmaid's Tale. Even creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss looked befuddled. In retrospect, it shouldn't have been such a shock: Game of Thrones is now an Emmy juggernaut. Like one of the fire-spitting dragons on the show, it destroys everything in its path. Even with an "off" season, it can't be stopped.