Game of Thrones' first win at the 2019 Emmy Awards — after cleaning up at the Creative Arts Emmys, that is — was a somewhat expectable one. Peter Dinklage beat out co-stars Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, as well as This Is Us star Chris Sullivan, Better Call Saul's Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks, and House of Cards' Michael Kelly to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
This was Dinklage's eighth nomination and fourth win for Game of Thrones in this category, which set a new record for the most ever wins by an actor in this category. Previously, he and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul were tied with three wins apiece.
In an emotional moment, the actor began his acceptance speech by saying, "I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is about nothing other than tolerance and diversity because no other place could I be standing on a stage like this."
"It's been about 10 years, all said and done, since the moment I met [Game of Thrones co-creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] until right now," he added. "I had no idea what I was getting myself into... 10 years of absolute sweat. 10 years of the most incredible talented, funniest, and [expletives] ... We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. David and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you. Literally. And I would do it all again in a heartbeat."
Game of Thrones received a record-breaking 32 Emmy nominations for its final season, which concluded in May of this year. Though Season 8 was polarizing for fans (the fan petition to reshoot the season ended up reaching over 1.7 million signatures), Emmy voters still decided it was worthy of recognition, which is not out of the ordinary for a show's final season, especially one that changed the landscape of TV the way Game of Thrones did.
All eight seasons of Game of Thrones are currently streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now.