The HBO behemoth walked away empty-handed from Sunday night’s telecast after a final season that was not well received by either critics or viewers.
The result isn’t entirely surprising given that the show previously won only a single Golden Globe, and its only nomination this year was for Kit Harington in the best actor in a drama series category. Harington, who played the character of Jon Snow, lost out to Brian Cox of “Succession.” Others in the category were Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”).
That solitary Globes triumph for “Game of Thrones” came in 2012 when Peter Dinklage, who played fan-favorite character Tyrion Lannister on the show, picked up a gong for supporting actor in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television. Dinklage’s on-camera sister Lena Headey was nominated in the equivalent actress category in 2017, but lost to Olivia Colman for her performance in “The Night Manager.”
Season 8 of “Game of Thrones” drew such a substantial backlash that hundreds of thousands of fans started a petition demanding that HBO remake the final collection of episodes. Cast members were constantly peppered with questions asking for their reaction to the backlash, and during the show’s final Comic-Con appearance in July, one of its stars, Conleth Hill (who played Lord Varys), labeled the backlash a “media-led hate campaign.”
Nevertheless, earlier in the year, the final season did carry home a substantial 12 Emmys, including best drama, from a record 32 nominations.
It remains to be seen whether the spinoff shows spawned from “Game of Thrones” (only the “House of the Dragon” prequel series has been ordered thus far) garner a similar level of awards success for the premium cabler.