Best Drama Series
Will Win - Game of Thrones
Could Win - Killing Eve, Better Call Saul, or Ozark
Should Win - Better Call Saul
Commentary - Can anything beat Game of Thrones? The short answer: no. The long answer: hell no. Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, and Ozark all did very well with nominations, mostly because big competitors like Big Little Lies, The Crown, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, and Westworld all sat this Emmy season out. Next year, all of these categories are probably going to look a lot different, as these juggernauts all air seasons, and knock them out. They sat out this season because they knew nothing could beat Game of Thrones. I don't care about the complaints, the reviews, or the backlash. 34 nominations, already having won so many last week. This is one final chance for voters to reward this series, and they are not going to pass up the chance.
Best Comedy Series
Will Win - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Could Win - Fleabag, Barry, or Veep
Should Win - Maisel or Fleabag
Commentary - I think Barry is a solid fourth place, but its incredible increase in nominations shows it has strength. Veep could easily win just out of love for the series, but I feel like its decreased nominations hurts it. Voters love it, but I think many of them have moved on. I feel like this is a race between Maisel and Fleabag, two truly deserving shows. While there is clearly not as much passion for Maisel as last year, it also increased nominations, did incredibly well at the Creative Arts, including winning the two Guest Acting awards, and even beat Game of Thrones in a craft category. That shows strength across the board. Fleabag's casting and editing win though show that it is really a threat, and in terms of passion, buzz, and critical acclaim, it has a lot going for it. Also, this is the last time for voters to reward it (especially since they ignored season 1). In a tight race, I am leaning Maisel, but I am expecting the unexpected.