2014 is on its way out the door, which means the entertainment industry is inundating the Internet with their “Best Of” lists and articles. And no surprise, Game of Thrones is featured in a lot of them. So here’s a little something GoT-related whilst we twiddle away the months waiting for something official from the folks at HBO (For Seven’s Sake, anything! We’d be happy for anything original at this point…ahem…sorry got carried away).
Update: Add to your reading list Andy Greenwald’s Top Ten over at Grantland (ht to Jared for the link).
Across the pond in the U.K. Metro gives us six good reasons why GoT was the best TV show in 2014. IndieWire nominates “The Children” as one of the 15 best episodes of the year with an honorable mention for “Watchers on the Wall”. Salon surveyed a bevvy of critics to create their list and ultimately they disagreed with IndieWire saying that “Watchers on the Wall” deserved the top spot for GoT episodes.
The Hollywood Reporter decided to get crazy and list the top 31 TV shows of year with GoT coming in at #9. Their biggest complaint? 10 episodes is simply not enough for the most “engrossing and epic” show on Television. Digital Spy had a similar complaint in their multi-part list with Game of Thrones coming in at #7.
The Village Voice thought highly enough to include GoT in its top ten calling it “the most gaspingly suspenseful series on the air”. And TV Critic Mary McNamara over at the LA Times has a quick and dirty list that is divided into categories (drama v comedy) which is further split by the number of episodes (don’t ask me why).
If show and episode rankings are not specific enough for you, then Variety has a list of the 10 Best TV Moments and I’m betting you can guess which moment they chose.
Newsweek acknowledged the continuing “hemorrhaging” of characters in GoT this year in what they called “An epic worthy of a Cecil B. DeMille production”. A.V. Club started with 90 nominees and whittled that down to the Top 35 with GoT came in at #20. Finally, to sum it all up MetaCritic has been keeping a running tally of the number of mentions by other TV Critics in Top Ten lists. GoT has the most mentions out of the 23 shows listed.