The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday and saw HBO’s global hit show Game of Thrones take home its 38th award after winning coveted statuettes for Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Drama.
The series was nominated for 24 awards and came home with 12 and, as a result, the popular fantasy epic has secured two new Guinness World Records titles for Most Emmy Awards for a fictional series and Most Emmy Awards for a drama series.
The previously, the most awarded fictional series was US comedy Fraiser, which has 37.
Game of Thrones first premiered on HBO on 17 April 2011 and concluded its sixth season on 26 June 2016.
Over the years, the series - which was adapted by HBO from George R. R. Martin's series of novels - has achieved a multitude of historic television records.
As of 2 Feb 2016, HBO’s smash-hit fantasy series had received 16 awards from the Visual Effects Society since 2012 – the Most VES awards won by a TV series.
On 20 Sep 2015, Game of Thrones gained the Most Emmy awards won by a TV series in a season – 12, for its fifth season.
One downside to Game of Thrones’ incredible popularity is that in 2015 the series was the Most pirated TV show for the fourth consecutive year, according to download-monitoring website TorrentFreak. From Apr to Jun 2015, there were about 14,400,000 illegal downloads per episode.
The dramatic Season 5 finale also saw the Most viewers sharing a single torrent file simultaneously: 258,131. And for around 7,997,000 bona fide viewers in the USA, it was Thrones’ most successful season to date.
The seventh season is scheduled to premiere in mid-2017.
Game of Thrones appears in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book, alongside loads of the world’s favourite TV shows, movies, arts and media record breakers.