Dumb & Dumber, ladies and gentleman.
The season's most critically acclaimed episodes of the season, "Winterfell" and "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," have been completely overlooked in the writing and directing categories in favor of the ones that led fans to petition en masse for a complete rewrite and sparked widespread belief that the show's finale may rank among the worst-ever TV conclusions.
Submitted for Best Directing for the season are Miguel Sapochnik for "The Long Night," David Nutter for "The Last of the Starks," and D.B. Weiss and David Benioff themselves for "The Iron Throne." And instead of suggesting Dave Hill and/or Bryan Cogman get a look for Best Writing for those well-received initial episodes of the season, Weiss and Benioff's script for "The Iron Throne" is the one they're apparently banking on for that category.
In less controversial news, in the Cinematography category, HBO has submitted Fabian Wagner for "The Long Night," David Franco for "The Last of the Starks," and Jonathan Freeman for the "Iron Throne." The penultimate episode, "The Bells," has meanwhile been put into contention for Art Direction, Visual Effects, and Costuming, and the Hair and Makeup category will take a look at "The Long Night." The show will also compete for Best Drama Series as well as the Main Title Design, Casting, Editing, Stunt Coordination, Music, and Sound Mixing categories. (There are also some extraneous Game of Thrones submissions, including Game of Thrones: The Last Watch for Documentary, that GoT-themed Bud Light Super Bowl ad for Commercial, and Game Of Thrones: Fight For The Living for Interactive Media.)