While many of you are probably still be rejoicing over news of the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere date, it will be the series' fourth season that will take center stage on Sunday's Golden Globe Awards when the Westeros gang will go toe-to-toe for Best Drama Series against fellow nominees The Good Wife, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, and The Affair. And while the competition looks pretty fierce, I'm willing to bet that Game of Thrones will be the one to walk away with a Golden Globe before the evening is through. That's right, I said it, people. A winner is coming. (Sorry, I had to do it.)
Seriously, if you look back on the Golden Globe winners' history throughout the past few years, you'll be shocked to realize just how few times GoT has come out the victor. The show itself has never — I repeat — never received a win and as far as actor recognition goes, Peter Dinklage rightfully took home the prize in the Best Supporting Actor back during the show's first season. But other than, the HFPA has given the series zilch, nada, nothing in the awards department. In fact, Thrones wasn't even nominated for Best Drama Series last year. Doesn't that just seem insane to you? Well, I say no more! For this will be the year the Iron Throne finally gets its globe of gold, and here's why…
Walter White Has Left the Building
As sad as it was to see Breaking Bad leave our airwaves for good, its absence this year will give other great TV shows their chance to shine, which gives Game of Thrones a fairly good fighting chance. The way I see it, The Good Wife is its biggest competitor right now, and while I admit that show has also had a fantastic year of television, Thrones' combined popularity and talent should be enough to finally give the series what it's due — a fact that I don't think even the great Heisenberg himself could argue with.
The Dragon Factor
Have we forgotten that this show contains not one, but TWO fire-breathing dragons? No other series has that, people! And I don't care what you say, dragons are cool, no matter your age group. Granted these particular dragons don't have the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch to give them that extra little edge, but they're still pretty damn awesome in my book. Not to mention the fact that dragons, by nature, love gold. So given that this is the Golden Globes we're talking about, it's basically a match made in heaven because #logic.
The Death of It All
GoT is pretty much always known for its substantial death count, however, this last season's murder spree proved to be quite the game changer and made for some truly fantastic scenes. I mean, Tyrion's whole courtroom speech after Joffrey's death? Come on! That's substantial writing (and acting) right there. Then there was Ygritte's farewell to Jon Snow (who still, apparently, knows nothing), as well as Tyrion's execution of both his lover, Shae and his father, Tywin, who was on a different kind of throne altogether. Which reminds me…
A Royal Flush
Yes, Tywin died while sitting on the toilet. Want to know what other show incorporated a pivotal bathroom scene into their storyline? Breaking Bad! (You know, when Hank has his literal "oh sh*t" moment about Walt while on the John.) Now I'm not saying that Breaking Bad won their Globe last year entirely due to Hank's little eureka moment. (It was a phenomenal show and deserved every win it got for many different reasons.) I'm just pointing out the eerie connection here. Perhaps the porcelain throne presents a golden opportunity? (No? Maybe? Please?) Hey, stranger things have happened. BTW, did I mention that there are dragons on GoT? Because there are. Two of them, to be exact.
Seriously, though, let's give this series the love it deserves. I think we can all agree that the Starks have certainly earned it.
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