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With 'Game of Thrones' out, series Emmy race sports plenty of drama

With 'Game of Thrones' out, series Emmy race sports plenty of drama

“Game of Thrones” won the Emmy for drama series the last two years, but, with its seventh season pushed back to a July premiere date, it’s ineligible to compete this time around.

Would “Thrones” — which will sport a seven-episode run for the upcoming season before wrapping up its saga in year eight — have pulled off the Emmy hat trick? We’ll never know. But history isn’t on its side. “Law & Order” is the only drama to win the series Emmy as late as its seventh season, and that was something of a make-good as it had been nominated five times previously without winning.

So we’ll have to wait a year for a return trip to Westeros. In the meantime, we’re going to have a new...

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