The cast of “Game of Thrones” speaks onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. Credit: Frederic J. BROWN / AFP / Getty Images

Twitter is ablaze at the moment as the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony gets underway. Among winners and snubs, perhaps one of the most iconic moments in history arrived as the cast of Game of Thrones took to the stage for a fitting farewell. After eight seasons, the HBO series is one of the most successful of all time and despite a disappointing final season, it’s an emotional departure nevertheless.

Taking to the stage to present the award for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, a farewell was lead by Seth Myers. Paying respect for its contribution to the television industry, the cast received a standing ovation, almost upstaging the winner Patricia Arquette for The Act. 

Soon after, Peter Drinklage made Emmy Awards history by winning his fourth award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He previously took home the same award in 2011, 2015 and 2018. In his acceptance speech he thanked the community for its tolerance and diversity, because there is “no other place could I be standing on a stage, like this.”

Despite suggestions Game of Thrones shouldn’t win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, it was almost a sure win. Once again, the cast were treated to a huge reception that included a standing ovation before its writers thanked George R.R. Martin and the cast.

For die-hard fans of the series, original author George R.R. Martin is in the midst of finishing the final books, while a Jane Goldman pilot for the prequel is keenly anticipated. According to HBO, the prequel is also slated to be set 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones though rather than the seven kingdoms of Westeros, “if you go back further then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms — petty kingdoms — and that’s the era we’re talking about here.”

The cast will include Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx, who will be joining Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Toby Regbo, Ivanno Jeremiah, George Henley, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Denise Gough, and Alex Sharp