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Emmys: Will ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Triumph Over ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘Atlanta’ Over ‘Mrs. Maisel’? — Screen Talk Emmy Edition

Episode 13: The outstanding drama, comedy, and limited series Emmy races may appear to have their frontrunners, but surprises are possible at next month's ceremony.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Game of Thrones”

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And this is it. Voting is over, and now just about the only thing that this year’s Emmy contenders can do is wait.. and hope. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t play the prediction game. It’s time to take a look at the main categories: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Limited Series. Each category has two leading contenders, but a host of others hoping to play spoiler.

In drama, frontrunner “The Handmaid’s Tale” seems poised to repeat last year’s win, given the show’s continued critical acclaim and timeliness. But “Game of Thrones” is back in the hunt, and hungry to recapture the Emmy it won in 2016. Neither show has face off with the other until this year — who will win? And what about a farewell nod for “The Americans” shocking both?

As for comedy, “Atlanta” appears to be the frontrunner, especially given this season’s creative triumph, and the ongoing multimedia success of creator/star Donald Glover. But Amazon put a lot of resources into promoting “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which could very well swoop in with a win.

And in limited series, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” seems to be the favorite, but “Godless” and “Patrick Melrose” are very much in the hunt.

IndieWire editor-at-large Anne Thompson and executive editor Michael Schneider banter about those categories in this week’s edition of Screen Talk Emmy Edition. Here’s Episode 13:

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