Emmy Nomination Predictions, Drama: Who’ll Fight for That Empty Throne?

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The shows that will battle it out now that “Game of Thrones” is gone should include “Succession,” “Ozark,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown” and “Pose”

“Game of Thrones” is gone after winning in the Outstanding Drama Series category for each of its last four seasons, and that leaves a big gap at the top in the drama categories. Can “The Handmaid’s Tale” come back and take back the award it won in 2017, when “GoT” was between seasons? Can “Succession” become the successor, as many expect it to do? Can something else pull off an upset in this turbulent, singular year?

We won’t know the answers about winners until September, but first we’ll see who comes out on top in nominations. And after an influx of new shows in the top categories in 2017, when a record five first-year programs were nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, this will likely be a race between returning shows, all of them fighting for the spaces vacated by that show about the dragons.

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond

Awards Editor • steve@thewrap.com • Twitter: @stevepond