Dungeons & Dragons has been getting much deserved love in the media lately, playing a starring role in the storyline of Netflix’s breakout/cult hit Stranger Things. Now, after decades of demonization from the Religious Right, the fantasy roleplaying game is also getting overdue recognition for fueling the creation of mainstream pop-culture hits.
When producers and screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took the stage at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards to accept the dramatic writing award for Game of Thrones’ penultimate Season Six episode “Battle of the Bastards,” Weiss used his time to thank his parents — “for letting us have television and comic books and Dungeons & Dragons and all the other things that taught us all how to do our jobs.” In addition to comics and D&D, Weiss also thanked “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga author George R.R. Martin, distracting him further from finishing the novel series and making it fall even further behind the acclaimed TV adaptation …
The blockbuster “Bastards” episode also earned drama directing honors for Miguel Sapochnik, whom Benioff thanked in his own speech. Game of Thrones itself won the best dramatic series Emmy. Benioff accepted the award on the production’s behalf.
In other nerdy Emmy news, Dame Maggie Smith summoned a Dowager patronus and beat out Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and Lena Heady from Thrones to win best supporting drama actress for her crotchety Countess in Downton Abbey; Rogue One villain Ben Mendelsohn won best supporting drama actor for Bloodline; Rami Malek won best drama actor for Mr. Robot; and Tatiana Maslany won best drama actress for Orphan Black. Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffatt accepted the award for best TV movie for Sherlock’s Victorian-era Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride.”