Emmy Awards: Game of Thrones wins again as Fleabag surprises

Fantasy saga Game of Thrones fantasy took home the top drama prize for the fourth time at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, and became the most decorated fictional show in the awards’ history, but it was British writer and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge who stole the show with her dark comedy, Fleabag.

Game of Thrones ended with 12 awards for its final season, including Peter Dinklage who won best supporting actor for the fourth time.

“This all started in the demented mind of George R.R. Martin,” said Game of Thrones’ producer David Benioff, thanking the author whose novels formed the basis of the HBO series.

But the blood-soaked epic’s hopes of going out with a new record for a single season were dashed after it failed to convert nominations in directing, writing, and the other acting categories.

In the night’s biggest shock, Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge beat eight-time acting winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus for best actress in a comedy, before the show itself won for best comedy series.

The BBC show — which has grown into a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic after being bought by Amazon — also scooped awards for Waller-Bridge for best comedy writing and directing.

“It’s just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys,” Waller-Bridge said, referring to the show’s main character.

Fleabag was shunned by Emmy voters last year, when it failed to bag a single nomination. But the Television Academy’s 24,000-plus voters changed their tune for the show’s second season.

Waller-Bridge has ruled out a third season, saying the irreverent series about a young Londoner had reached “a natural end.”