Emmys 2018: Predicting Outstanding Drama Series Winner

Will The Handmaid’s Tale repeat or will Game of Thrones return to the top? Here is a breakdown of the Outstanding Drama Series category at the Emmys.

With the announcement of the 2018 Emmy nominations, the debate over who should have been nominated is over. Now, the fun begins as experts try to predict who will win the coveted trophies in September. Let’s start the predictions with one of the most coveted prizes of the night, Outstanding Drama Series.

The lineup is stacked with critically acclaimed shows that have all accumulated accolades at various awards shows. Five of the seven shows were nominated for their second season while Game of Thrones and The Americans were nominated for their seventh and sixth seasons respectively. Here is the list of nominees.

Nominees

The Handmaid’s Tale
Game of Thrones
This Is Us
The Crown
The Americans
Stranger Things
Westworld

Breakdown

The easiest way to predict a winner is to eliminate the shows that will not win. This Is Us and Stranger Things are two of my favorite shows on television, but both suffered minor setbacks in their second seasons, which will keep them from Emmy gold. If Westworld did not win last year after having the most nominations in the field, it certainly won’t win this year. The Crown is an excellent show, but the field is too strong for it to stand out. Finally, the last season of The Americans was met with universal acclaim and many fans feel that the show deserves this Emmy as a farewell present. However, history is against shows in later seasons. Only Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and Law & Order have won Outstanding Drama Series in their sixth season or later.

This is a two horse race between Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale. On one hand, a Game of Thrones win would mean the HBO series would have won the Emmy for each of its last three seasons. Game of Thrones once again flexed its muscles with Emmy voters, leading the field with 22 nominations. That being said, The Handmaid’s Tale is coming off of another critically acclaimed season despite the divisive season finale. Elisabeth Moss is once again the favorite in Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Starhovski, and last year’s winner Ann Down all received supporting acting nominations. It’s clear that voters are still fond of Hulu’s dystopian series.

Emmys Outstanding Drama Series

THE HANDMAID’S TALE — “Holly” — Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu — Acquired via Hulu PR

Prediction

In the battle between Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m picking The Handmaid’s Tale.  Strong performances lead by Elisabeth Moss as well as an increase in popularity and critical recognition will lead to a repeat win for the series. Under his eye.

Do you agree with the predictions? Leave your predictions in the comments or tweet me @danny_giro!

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.