At last, the Emmy Awards 2018 have arrived! Game of Thrones and Westworld lead the nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards. Overall, Game of Thrones had the most nominations with 22, followed by Westworld who earned 21. But why are these two television shows so popular worldwide? Before the Emmys, let’s have a look at the facts about the shows one by one, and decide on our favorite together.
Game of Thrones
- When Game of Thrones premiered in 2011 it opened to 2.22 million viewers, this season, that number has almost quintupled to 10.11 million.
- There is a Game of Thrones universe with its geography, history, dynasties, and ups and downs. This shows that the story is based on a solid infrastructure like none other. The world of Game of Thrones has a history of thousands of years. The origins of the dynasties, wars, conquests, and disasters raise the level of conviction of audiences to the Game of Thrones universe.
- Every big family in Westeros has a saying. The most famous one is “Winter is coming.” These words put a personality in the family and enable us to get an impression on each one. Obviously, G.R.R Martin has thought for each one, drawn his personalities, and chosen the words in the dialogues very carefully.
- Although the main characters of Game of Thrones are obvious, the leading role can vary from person to person, just as in the stories like Lord of the Rings. For example, in the first season, Ned Stark looks like the leading actor, but everything has changed with his death. At this point, the story is circling around Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion, Cersei, and Jaime. Everyone has one or several characters that they feel close to. That is why Game of Thrones can address anyone.
- There are so many scenes that made us shocked. The sudden death of main characters, mass murder in wedding and many others have petrified us in front of the screens.
- Naturally, we didn’t watch too many visual effects since the budget was low during the first seasons. As the popularity and the budget of the show increased, the lifelike effects all lead us to believe a world with dragons, fire, and a towering ice-wall actually exist for an hour each week.
- One of the unconscious elements behind loving war movies and violent games is the love for violence and gore. Game of the thrones has a shocking amount of violence that appeals to violence fans.
- Westworld was adapted from a science fiction film of the same name that released in 1973. The film, written and directed by Michael Crichton, is considered one of the most successful science fiction works of all time.
- The sci-fi drama delivered 3.0 million total viewers across cable and digital platforms. However, the very first episode had started with 3.3 million audiences in 2016. Interestingly, viewership for season two of Westworld was actually down versus last year.
- If you love futuristic concepts and admire science fiction, Westworld is just meant for you. Artificial intelligence, Wild West, robots, complex time flow have been all enough to confuse the audiences since the first episode. We strongly recommend Westworld to those who are bored with the detective, comedy and superhero series which are popular recently.
- The casting of the show is quite remarkable: Jonathan Nolan (co-creator), J.J. Abrams (executive producer), Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden… We are not talking about a Hollywood movie; it is just a TV show!
- There is such an art direction talent and show both in the laboratory scenes and in the fascinating nature of Grand Canyon. Such a visual feast!
- It is a production with a lot of philosophical depth. However, it succeeds to catch the audience not only with deep dialogues but with incredible action and nail-biting tension.
- The series is set in the future. While GoT will always feel like a false past, Westworld and its exploration of humanity offers up a fascinating question: Could Westworld ever be our future?
Game of Thrones vs Westworld
While we are waiting impatiently for the Emmy Awards until September 17, let’s decide and talk about our favorites and the reasons. All nominees are quite strong in their categories. But which one is your winner?