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Why 'Game of Thrones' Isn't Nominated at the 2017 Emmys

ETOnline logo ETOnline 5 days ago Zach Seemayer‍
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Game of Thrones won't be getting any love at the Emmys this year.

While the HBO fantasy series earned a whopping 23 Emmy nominations last year, the show didn't manage to snag a single one this time around, and the discrepancy left a lot of fans feeling cold.

The show wasn't unceremoniously snubbed, though -- it simply wasn't eligible to be nominated.

The seventh season of GoT -- the one that just concluded with some epic, dragon-fueled developments -- premiered on July 16, but for a show to be eligible at the 2017 Emmys, it had to air episodes that would be for consideration between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017.

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Technically, the last four episodes of season six do fall into that time frame. However, the television academy instituted a rule about what they refer to as "hanging episodes," meaning those four episodes are technically considered to be a part of the previous year's eligibility window and are excluded from consideration this year.

It's a tough blow for the show, especially considering it's the first time in years that the show's cast and creators won't be vying for a golden statuette at the star-studded awards ceremony. However, with a record-setting 38 Emmys, the show isn't hurting for more hardware, and it's a good opportunity for other shows to earn some glory.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards kick off on Sep. 17 at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on CBS. 

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