How Many Emmy Wins Should Season 4 Get? Time to Vote! – IndieWire

(Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Succession” Season 4.)

“Succession” fervor peaked in May, when the vaunted HBO drama aired its final episodes, but there’s one more victory lap to be had for Jesse Armstrong & Co. With 27 nominations, the two-time defending Best Drama Series champion is looking to add to its trophy case at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards. When exactly that will happen is unknown (the TV Academy announced in July it was delaying the scheduled September ceremony for an as yet undetermined date), but most experts expect “Succession” to dominate the drama categories no matter when the trophies are doled out.

How big a night could it be? Let’s look at the numbers: “Succession” set a series-high in total nominations this year, with its 27 nods spread across 15 categories. The current record for the most Emmys won by a series in a single season is 12, which “Game of Thrones” accomplished three times (in 2015, 2016, and 2019). Those first two years, it managed 12 wins from just 24 nominations, whereas the HBO juggernaut needed 32 nominations to reach the same win total in 2019.

But more nominations don’t necessarily equate to more wins. A big nominee tally helps illustrate a show’s popularity within the overall voting body, as well as individual branches, but you need widespread support across many categories to pull in double-digit wins. When “Game of Thrones” won 12 Emmys, it competed in 18 categories (in 2015), 19 categories (2016), and 23 categories (2019). Most of its victories came at the Creative Arts ceremonies, where the big-budget fantasy epic routinely raided the craft categories. “Succession,” meanwhile, saw most of its nominations in acting categories — 14 of its 27 — which may make it difficult to match the win record (or even reach double digits).

Records aside, a victory in Best Drama Series, as well as expected wins for its cast, writing, and directing, would make for an impressive haul. Check out IndieWire’s predictions for more on what you can expect, but that’s not why you’re here. It’s easy to get caught up in big numbers and historical moments, but what does “Succession” deserve to win? Emmy winners aren’t competing against the past; they’re competing against other great shows. While it may be fun to think about “Succession” topping “Game of Thrones” for the most wins ever, it may be less exciting once you realize who has to lose for that to happen. Below, IndieWire breaks it down category by category, race by race, nominee by nominee, to determine how many Emmys “Succession” should win. Hopefully it helps to set expectations — and remind voters what else is out there.

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