Who will (and who should) win at the 2018 Emmy Awards

Will the Emmys be dominated by white walkers or handmaids?

That’s the biggest question on TV fans’ minds heading into the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Monday (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT). Michael Che and Colin Jost will step out from behind their “Weekend Update” desk on “Saturday Night Live” to host the ceremony. And HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and FX’s “The Americans”  compete for the best drama award, while FX’s “Atlanta” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will vie for the outstanding comedy prize. 

Before the trophies are handed out, we’ve made our best predictions about who will win in major categories and who should be standing onstage instead. 

Drama series
“The Americans” (FX)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Should win: “The Americans”
Will win: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

The best drama race is, unfortunately, a fight between mediocre seasons from two previous winners. The seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” while full of battles and incest, was all over the place in quality and aired more than a year ago, which means it’s a distant, fire-and-ice-filled memory. “The Handmaid’s Tale” won last year, but its second season was maligned by many critics. Still, its continued buzz and political relevance mean “Handmaid’s” will likely eke out a win, but it’s a shame for the most deserving nominee, “The Americans.” FX’s Soviet spy drama finally managed to worm its way into this category for a pitch-perfect final season, and it’s one of the best shows in recent memory.

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