So did George R.R. Martin, whose novels are the wellspring for the fondly nicknamed "GOT" and who turned 67 Sunday — the same age as the prime-time Emmys, but likely more venerated for his years.
Here's a deeper look at the Emmys by the numbers:
—Combined number of awards won by HBO at main and creative arts awards: 43
—Combined total for all other competitors: 79.
— Number of Emmys won by the Big 4 broadcast networks: 26.
—Total won by Amazon, Netflix and other digital platforms: 16.
—Impressive record set by "Game of Thrones": One, with its 12 awards topping the single-season record of nine trophies set by "The West Wing" in 2000.
—Impressive record tied by "Game of Thrones": One, matching "Hill Street Blues" and "The West Wing" as the most-honored drama ever with 26 awards — and still counting for "GOT."
—Youngest winner: Uzo Aduba, 34.
—Oldest winner: Jeffrey Tambor, 71.
—Giant and overdue step for the Emmys: One, with Viola Davis the first African-American to win a best drama series actress trophy.
—Number of tweets about Davis sent the minute after she won: 12,600
— Awards won by Taraji P. Henson: Zero, but a nod for season one of "Empire," one of the night's winningest dresses and a Class Act award for giving Davis a standing ovation.
—Awards won by African-American actors and actresses at Sunday's and creative arts awards: Four.
—Awards won by Hispanic, Asian-American or any other minority actors: Zero.
—Awards won by "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm after being nominated eight times for the drama: One.
— Number of actors who skipped the stairs and threw themselves on the stage: One, Hamm.
— Total number of acting awards won by the sterling "Mad Men" cast during its eight-season run: One, Hamm's.
— Awards won by "Modern Family" after being the best-comedy winner for five years running: One — for sound mixing.
—Most tweeted-about stars: Five, including Lady Gaga, Davis, Hamm, Amy Poehler and Tatiana Maslany.
—Number of Emmy-related Facebook conversations: 14 million, involving 6.9 million people.
—Instances of social activism: Two, by "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway and star Tambor, who called for transgender inclusion.
— Touching returns: One, by Tracy Morgan, rebounding from a devastating accident.
—Number of yellow dresses, including Heidi Klum's dress that designer Michael Costello said "looked like she was wearing Big Bird": At least five.
— Funny "Saturday Night Live"-style videos: Two, from ceremony host and former "SNL" video maestro Andy Samberg. But nothing close to his profane "(Deleted) In a Box" video that won a 2007 Emmy.
— Number of representatives from accounting firm Ernst & Young: Three, dubbed tongue-in-cheek by presenter James Corden as "heroes."
—Viewers for the Fox telecast: 11.9 million, a record low.
—Viewers for the first GOP debate on Fox News: 24 million. Maybe Donald Trump should replace Andy Samberg as Emmys host next year?
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore in New York contributed to this report.
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