'Game of Thrones.' It's not only a critical darling, it's an outright pop culture phenomenon. Thus, if there's a major TV related award, you'd naturally expect that 'Game' would be entered in just about every eligible category. Well, there is one upcoming award that the fantasy epic is no longer in the running for, and it has nothing to do with the show's quality.
The 2014 Writer's Guild Awards take place in February, and while not as high profile as the Emmys or Golden Globes, the WGA ceremony still carries a lot of weight within the industry itself. One of the most prestigious prizes of the night is the award for Best Drama Series, which 'GOT' received nominations for in both 2012 and 2013. It may not have won the award either time ('Breaking Bad' says hi), but it really is sometimes an honor just to be nominated. Last year even saw 'Thrones' earn a nomination for best overall series, genre be damned.
Unfortunately, HBO's flagship drama is no longer eligible for either trophy at 2014's broadcast, all due to an inexplicable computer filing error. Apparently, when the initial online entry form was filled out, something didn't turn out right. The problem is that nobody realized this until recently, and the initial voting stages are already complete. Therefore, the WGA has declined to correct the mistake, and will not include 'Thrones' in either best show category. Nominations for individual episodes will thankfully remain intact.
HBO is understandably annoyed at this turn of events, but it's also understandable why the WGA wouldn't consider it fair to include a new contender after the process to decide the winner has already commenced. What do you think? Should 'Game of Thrones' be excluded from the Best Drama and Best Series categories?