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Breaking Bad

Amazing series.  Amazing episode last night.  Talk about a gut punch.

Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.

(I need to do something about that).

This is the final season of BREAKING BAD.  I think GAME OF THRONES may have a shot at upsetting BB for this year's Emmy (only a shot, though, I think they are the clear favorite), which pits us against their previous season...  but there's no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat BREAKING BAD next year, when their last season is the one in contention.

Admittedly, trying to handicap the Emmys is a mug's game.  You never know.  But for what it's worth, I think this year is our best chance of actually winning one.  Given the splash the Red Wedding made, our profile is likely as high as it is ever going to be.  We had a great season.  If the Academy is ever going to give their ultimate accolade to a fantasy show (something that is by no means certain), it's going to be this year, I think.

But we'll see.  BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOMELAND, and HOUSE OF CARDS will have something to say about that as well.  All good shows, I think.  A couple are great shows.  HOMELAND is the defending champ, MAD MEN's won four, and HOUSE OF CARDS has that whole "gamechanger" thing going for it.  Should be an interesting race.  We'll all know on September 22.


Kate Turner
Sep. 18th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
The Emmys!!
Well, the one thing that kills Game of Thrones at the Emmys for the third season is the tape submission format, which you must know about. It's very difficult for casual viewers (Emmy voting members on panels) to follow the many characters and truly feel the impression of the great impact moments. Last year, your "Blackwater" episode was an incredible achievement, but it went un-nominated because HBO submitted too many episodes for consideration in the writing and directing categories for voters to rally around one single submission. This year, though "Rains" got in writing, it has some really stiff competition from episodes less geared around a single event, fitting the mold of many of this category's past winners.

Sunday night should be really really interesting, since I don't think there was a standout season of the nominees like there will be next year with Breaking Bad's final season. (Though that season could lose once the show is no longer on the air.) Homeland had major flaws in its execution and character development, but its six tapes are very strong and don't necessarily reflect the problems and the heavy criticism the show received--unfortunately, that's the Emmy process for you. Breaking Bad has never won before, but the first half of its final season was exactly that, a half. It had the buzz with the new episodes airing during voting the last few weeks; 5A, however, didn't quite live up to the greatness of earlier seasons, which went unrewarded. And Game of Thrones reached new ratings highs, with one of the most talked about episodes of the year--but still, I feel, hasn't reached a stride in balancing the storylines, often repeatedly relying on the same episode structure.

So Drama Series can really go any of these three ways. Very exciting! I don't think that this will be as high as your profile will get, especially if the showrunners nail the execution. Eventually Thrones will reach a point when the win cannot be denied, as critics and the all-powerful Internet will be calling for a win, as what happened to Lord of the Rings at the Oscars and is happening for genre show Breaking Bad this year.


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