While the HBO's Game of Thrones has already ended after an epic eight season run, HBO has submitted the Game of Thrones series finale for the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The show was however concluded in May, and it’s pretty cool to say the show’s wrap up met with a mixed reaction from both critics and fans.

Game of Thrones season eight happens to be the shortest amongst all the seasons with only six episodes, which may have been the reason why the final hours felt like they were rushing by at warp speed. With so much story stocked into some couple hours, many beloved characters received resolutions that fans found less than satisfying.

Meanwhile, there was also the embarrassing coffee cup gaffe, which was followed up by the appearance of a stray water bottle in the last episode - flubs that many took as evidence the show had gone off the rails. The last two episodes appeared to throw character out the door completely in exchange for pure spectacle, as Daenerys attacked King’s Landing with her dragon, unleashing fiery carnage, before herself being eliminated by Jon Snow.

Irrespective of many complaints about the dwindling quality of season 8, HBO is confident that Game of Thrones will still be a major player during awards season. According to report from CBR, the network has even gone ahead and submitted the divisive series finale “The Iron Throne” for consideration for the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are the credited writers on that particular episode.

As well as the writing submission, HBO has also put up three season 8 episodes for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: “The Iron Throne” (David Benioff and Dan Weiss), “The Last of the Starks” (David Nutter) and “The Long Night” (Miguel Sapochnik). Recall that “The Long Night” was another episode that received loads of criticism, as many complained about the dark lighting, which made it difficult to make out so much of the action.

However HBO has also submitted some names as for the acting categories, which includes Kit Harington for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Alfie Allen, Pilou Asbaek, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and Richard Dormer have all been put up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, while Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are up for for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Carice Van Houten has been submitted for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

It remains to be seen how many nominations Game of Thrones ultimately snags, but the show has been a darling of the Emmys in past seasons, with a total of 132 nominations and 47 wins including three wins for Best Drama Series, and two writing wins for Benioff and Weiss.

It’s doubtful that the season 8 doesn’t deserve to be praised at the same level as past seasons, but then again, awards like the Emmys very often hand out hardware based more on popularity than actual quality. Game of Thrones season 8 was inarguably very popular, so it’s likely the Emmys will overlook the season’s shortcomings and hand out plenty of trophies to the HBO behemoth.
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