“The Handmaid’s Tale” had a spectacularly strong second season working in its favor, as well as a troubling timely theme that has resonated with critics and viewers alike.
Some wondered whether “Game of Thrones” would come storming back after its sabbatical and reclaim the award after winning the top prize in both 2015 and 2016.
It’s first win in the category came as an upset to some as “Mad Men” had been expected to win for its final season. The question now is whether “The Handmaid’s Tale,” if nominated next year, or another show will do the same to “Game of Thrones.”
Other nominees in the best drama category included “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “The Americans,” and “This Is Us.”