Thursday, September 19, 2013

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Writing for a Drama Series

Nominees are pictured and listed in alphabetical order by show. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.

George Mastras, Breaking Bad (Dead Freight)
Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad (Say My Name)
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey (Episode 4)
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones (The Rains of Castamere)
Henry Bromell, Homeland (Q and A)

Most of these nominees are new this year, with the exception of Fellowes, who was nominated last year, and Benioff and Weiss, who were recognized for a season one episode of their show two years ago. “Mad Men” used to be king of this category, but, despite receiving at least two nominations in this race every year since it started, it finds itself omitted completely this year. In its place, another AMC show has been recognized. Both episodes are great, and the same is true of the game-changing installments of “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland.” Rounding out the category is “Downton Abbey,” which always chooses wisely and has submitted a compelling installment as well.

What should win: “Say My Name”
What will win: I’d go out on a limb and predict “Game of Thrones,” but I think I’ll stick with Homeland repeating.

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