Friday, August 10, 2018

Emmy Predictions 2018 - Who Will and Should Win for Writing in a Drama Series?

The nominations are in for The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. So now, it's time to speculate on who will and should win in each major category. Next up for analysis is Writing for a Drama Series.

The Nominees Ranked By Which Writer Should Win:
  1. Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg for FX's The Americans - "START"
  2. Phoebe Waller-Bridge for BBC America's Killing Eve - "Nice Face"
  3. Bruce Miller for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale - "June"
  4. Peter Morgan for Netflix's The Crown - "Mystery Man"
  5. The Duffer Brothers for Netflix's Stranger Things - "Chapter Nine: The Gate"
  6. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for HBO's Game of Thrones - "The Dragon and the Wolf"

There should be absolutely no question about The Americans team deserving to win here. That series finale was absolutely perfect. They should win for the scene in the garage alone. That was such great dramatic storytelling that culminated everything about the series in such a meaningful and surprising way. Phoebe Waller-Bridge would also make a really deserving winner here even though the series premiere wasn't the best episode of Killing Eve. It's understandable why she submitted that episode though because voters here typically reward premieres or finales. Plus, that show has been such a breakout success and that's because of all the careful and delicate work that she did in that first episode to craft such a strong and intriguing hook for an ongoing series. It would be completely baffling if the Game of Thrones team managed to win again. This was not a great season when it came to plotting with the finale featuring a bunch of twists the audience had already figured out earlier in the year. As such, it would mostly be annoying if they won here.

The Nominees Ranked by Which Writer Will Win:
  1. Bruce Miller for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale - "June"
  2. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for HBO's Game of Thrones - "The Dragon and the Wolf"
  3. Phoebe Waller-Bridge for BBC America's Killing Eve - "Nice Face"
  4. Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg for FX's The Americans - "START"
  5. Peter Morgan for Netflix's The Crown - "Mystery Man"
  6. The Duffer Brothers for Netflix's Stranger Things - "Chapter Nine: The Gate"

The core narrative of the drama categories this year will be Game of Thrones vs. The Handmaid's Tale. They are expected to trade wins in many categories. It is going to be fascinating to see if voters have a clear favorite from those two past winners. Sure, it would be more exciting if The Americans or Killing Eve won here. Those would be some surprising upsets. It could actually happen too if the voters agree that those shows need to win someone on the ballot. This is the category where either of them could easily prevail and it would feel so rewarding. But again, we have to be looking at Game of Thrones and The Handmaid's Tale as the likely winners. Even though both received criticism for weird plotting decisions, both of them remain Emmy favorites capable of delivering some stunning twists. The premiere for The Handmaid's Tale was absolutely brutal and showed such a mastery of emotion and suspense. For that, I'm predicting it's the likely winner here once again.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my predictions? Let me know in the comments below!