Continuing in our coverage of Game of Thrones‘s appearances on year-end lists, here are some of the latest additions:
E!Online sums season 4 up nicely in their Top 10 TV Dramas list:
“We know we are probably overreacting and being a tiny bit dramatic when we say this, but holy s–t, sometimes GOT makes us want to punch ourselves in the faces over how freakin’ awesome it is.”
IMDB has released their Top 10 Shows list, and Game of Thrones ended the year in the number one spot! The list tracks the programs that were “consistently the most popular with IMDb’s users throughout the year (and were in production in 2014) as determined by page views.” The show finished just ahead of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
On Variety’ s 10 Best Dramas list, Brian Lowry says, “Still graced with a grandeur and scope like nothing else on television, the fourth season continued to produce shocks — including a reminder not to attend weddings in Westeros — interspersed with a dizzying assortment of characters and terrific performances.”
Joanne Ostrow of the Denver Post ranks the show number 2 in her Top 10 Shows of the year, describing Game of Thrones as “visually dazzling, epic in scale with a phenomenal cast,” and noting that “the ever-shifting storylines about epochal, political and generational change in a mythic land keep ratcheting up the tension.”
One thing about Game of Thrones that is undeniable is its major presence in social media, and that reflects in Facebook’s 2014 Year in Review. The show ranks as number 1 in the “Most Talked-About TV Shows in the US” this year.
Vanity Fair shows big love for the late Oberyn Martell on their list of The 15 Best New TV Characters of 2014. The Dornishman grabbed the number 1 one spot. Joanna Robinson writes, “Against all odds, a nation of Game of Thrones fans who swore they wouldn’t be fooled again after last year’s Red Wedding, cried out when Oberyn met his doom.”
“The Mountain and the Viper” makes an appearance on The Atlantic‘s list of The Best Television Episodes of 2014. In addition to the heartbreaking Oberyn and Tyrion story leading the episode, The Atlantic‘s Lenika Cruz points out, this is also the episode when “Sansa finally wised up and proved a worthy (if newly vampy) rival and ally to Little Finger. Reek transformed into Theon to help Ramsay Sn—I mean Bolton capture Moat Cailin. Danaerys uncovered Ser Jorah’s betrayal and banished the heartbroken knight.”
In TV.com‘s Best of 2014: The Best Genre Shows, Game of Thrones is applauded particularly for its final four episodes of season 4, which “were all jaw-droppers more befitting a summer blockbuster trilogy than a television series.
Game of Thrones land at number 19 on The AV Club‘s Best TV Shows of 2014. Myles McNutt comments, “The season’s final shot of Arya sailing off into an uncertain future captures the show at its best: characters we care about on adventures that make it excruciating to wait a week to see the next episode.”
The show clocks in at number 6 on Uproxx‘s 10 Best TV Shows of 2014, with the website highlighting a trio of deaths (Joffrey, Oberyn, and Tywin) and the epic battle of Castle Black.
The New Republic‘s The Best Scenes of 2014 list chooses the conversation between Cersei Lannister and Oberyn Martell in episode 5 of season 4, “The First of His Name” that features the memorable line, “Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls.” TNR‘s Esther Breger says, “Game of Thrones‘s real hallmark is the medieval power-play: long scenes of characters battling wits and asserting dominance.”
CinemaBlend says in their Top 10 TV Shows of 2014, that what makes Game of Thrones stand out “is not just its careful writing and directing, which hops perspectives and chooses to focus on specific moments on one giant kingdom’s history. Instead, it’s the fact that it is able to take a vast fantasy and compact it into 10 episodes that are riveting.” The show is ranked number 4.
Game of Thrones occupies the number 8 spot in Entertainment Weekly‘s year-end 10 Best TV Shows. EW notes that after four seasons, “there were more opportunities than ever to yell ”WHAT?!” at the TV.” The magazine also names the Royal Wedding episode, “The Lion and The Rose,” as the number 3 Best TV Episode of 2014.
And the man himself, George R.R. Martin, has made it onto Barbara Walters’s list of the 10 most fascinating people of 2014!
Other list appearances for 2014: