Game of Thrones wins AFI awards and makes onto Best of the Decade lists

802 Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Brienne Jaime Knighting Brightened

The end of the year and thus, the decade is fast approaching and the “Best of” lists are pouring in, many of them celebrating Game of Thrones for being the television game changer it is. Game of Thrones was also honored at the American Film Institute (AFI)’s 2019 Awards!

Game of Thrones was named one of the 10 most “culturally and artistically significant” television programs at the AFI 2019 Awards.

Indeed, ‘tis the season for top 10 lists (as well as top 50, top 100, etc) not just for the year but for the 2010s decade. And I’m glad to say that Game of Thrones is featured on quite a lot of them.

Uproxx included it on its list (with no numerical ranking) of Best Shows of the Decade, in which Jason Tabrys says that, despite its controversial ending, the show remained a standout for “the creative mixology that turned an unfinished set of fantasy novels into a cultural juggernaut.”

Mashable placed it at #11 in their 15 Best TV Shows of the 2010s along with a truly beautiful summation of how Game of Thrones created a community, as “it gripped viewers in a way that nothing had in years, crossing bridges of culture, age, and other seemingly arbitrary distinctions between people that cease to exist when we’re bonding over television we love.”

Esquire placed Game of Thrones at #10 on its top … uh, 10 list, though with some kind words: “This was a television event the likes of which we’d never seen and will likely never see again.”

PasteMagazine.com put it at #16 on its 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, where Josh Jackson highlighted the complex humanity of the story as what “made this show an epic cultural juggernaut,” even past had he considers its prime.

TVGuide.com placed it at #10 on its 25 Best Shows the Decade, with Amanda Bell emphasizing the first few seasons; “when co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had the strength of George R.R. Martin’s books to guide their scripts, their adaptation was superb.” Despite any issues, it “absolutely defined the decade.”

AV Club put Game of Thrones at #30 on its list of the 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, with Myles McNutt pointing out how “at its fiery peaks, few shows in the decade burned brighter, but the icy reception to its finale reflects its struggles to measure up in a decade with so many of TV history’s finest endings.”

Film School Rejects ranked it #4 on its 50 Best TV Shows of the Decade list. According to Farah Chedad, “at its best (its mid-point), Thrones was peerless TV, raising the bar for the medium by delivering moral complexity and dramatic curve-balls with great finesse.”

Finally, The Independent and Buzzfeed really showed Game of Thrones some love:

The Independent ranked it at #1 on its list of 30 Best TV Shows of the Decade: “At a time when viewing tastes were meant to be becoming more atomised, Game of Thrones was global event TV, which made household names of the Starks, Lannisters and Greyjoys and provided a whole generation of English character actors with a regular income.”

Buzzfeed ranked it as the #1 best (and “arguably the biggest”) show in its list of the 55 Best TV Shows of the Decade, claiming it “will endure long after the 2010s,” and highlighting Season 6 as its peak.

Wildfire at the Battle of Blackwater

Moving on from the show overall, there were many lists of best episodes of any TV show released this year or decade, and understandably Thrones made it into a few of them:

TV Guide ranked “A Knight if the Seven Kingdoms”, the quietest yet perhaps most lauded episode of season eight, #5 in its list of the 15 Best Episodes of 2019. Lindsay MacDonald commends it for “taking a break to settle down and do some real character work” in an otherwise breakneck season.

Even more ambitious, in a list of the 50 Best TV Episodes of the Decade, Film School Rejects ranked “Blackwater” at #6, pinpointing it as “the moment Game of Thrones went from a great show to something truly special.”

Finally, Buzzfeed News listed “Baelor”, the episode that first defined the show for much of the audience, as one of the 25 Best Episodes of TV of the Decade, precisely because “no episode of Game of Thrones had a larger impact, on the show, and on television itself.”

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These lists are pretty much designed for creating conversation… or conflict (clicks, at any rate), so I imagine there will be many people disagreeing in the comments section below. Let’s just remember it’s all opinions, and that the most productive thing you can do is offer you own instead! Let’s not get angry and celebrate the show that defined the decade for many of us, in more ways than one. Happy holidays!

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    1. This show had me anticipating the next episode like no other show I’ve ever watched.
      It was not perfect, but its easily my top choice for best ever!

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    2. Thanks to everyone especially to the masterminds Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss and the Cast for the most amazing experience in TV History. Game of Thrones will definitely be missed.

      My top 10 favorite Game of Thrones episodes:
      – The Bells
      – The Winds of Winter
      – Battle of the Bastards
      – The Rains of Castamere
      – The Long Night
      – Hardhome
      – The Children
      – Watchers on the Wall
      – The Spoils of War
      – Baelor

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    3. The LightKing:
      Thanks to everyone especially to the masterminds Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss and the Cast for the most amazing experience in TV History. Game of Thrones will definitely be missed.

      My top 10 favorite Game of Thrones episodes:
      – The Bells
      – The Winds of Winter
      – Battle of the Bastards
      – The Rains of Castamere
      – The Long Night
      – Hardhome
      – The Children
      – Watchers on the Wall
      – The Spoils of War
      – Baelor

      Great list and a lot of those are on my top 10 as well. And as always, thank you to Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss for 8 brilliant seasons and a mesmerizing finale I’ll never forget. Like you said, true masterminds that will be missed in future projects of this franchise.

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    4. The LightKing,

      My Tentative Top 10 Episodes,
      Subject to Change

      – 1. Mockingbird S4e7 (Chock full of high thread-count one-on-one character moments.)
      -2. Hardhome S5e8
      -3. Winds of Winter S6e10
      -4. The Door S6e5
      -5. Two Chickens S4e1
      -6. The Children S4e10
      -7. The Spoils of War S7e4
      -8. Blackwater S2e9
      -9. Lord Snow S1e3
      -10. Kissed By Fire S3e5

      Alternates:
      – The Kingsroad S1e2
      – The Bear and The Maiden Fair S3e7
      – Kill the Boy S5e5

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    5. Current top 10 (also subject to change):

      The Lion and the Rose
      Hardhome
      Winds of Winter
      And Now His Watch is Ended
      Blackwater
      The Rains of Castamere
      Valar Morghulis
      A Golden Crown
      Two Swords
      The Children

      Honorable mention:

      Baelor
      Fire and Blood
      The Ghost of Harrenhal
      Kissed By Fire
      The Climb
      The Mountain and the Viper
      The Watchers on the Wall
      The Dance of Dragons
      Mother’s Mercy
      Home
      The Door
      Battle of the Bastards
      The Spoils of War
      The Dragon and the Wolf
      The Long Night

      Least favorite episodes:

      Most of the first half of season 1
      Anything from the first half of season 2
      Anything from the first half of season 5
      Most of the last two seasons, but not all of it

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    6. I don’t really have a top ten episode list. I enjoyed all of it more-or-less equally. There were a few episodes that I recall thinking were poorly-paced (3×7) and some that were particuarly well-paced (6×10).

      Regardless, this WAS the show that defined television in this decade. A few other big shows may have edged it out in terms of critical success, but it was certainly no slouch in that regard. And in terms of commercial success, it steamrolled all the competition – everyone was talking about it, always.

      And can you believe that I once avoided this show and looked down on it without knowing a thing about it, because I thought that it was “Lord of the Rings lite”? Ha!

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    7. Make the bad man fly!:
      This show had me anticipating the next episode like no other show I’ve ever watched.
      It was not perfect, but its easily my top choice for best ever!

      This! I loved this show like no other. The end of each season left me saddened and wanting more. I felt like I was watching a feature film instead of a television program. It has been quite the ride.

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    8. Myles Mcnutt has said some of the most vile things about the showrunners. I’m suprised he is showing it any love at all. During season 8 he was acting like a child.

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    9. Mr Derp,

      Hey Mr. D – I’m going to try to post a different “best-of” list: The Top Game of Thrones Actors’ Spoofs, Skits & Commercials
      I have a tentative list of 14. I’m not sure if the Lord of Light (site algorithms) will let me post all of the video links. I’ll try in a few minutes.

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    10. Farimer123,

      Not really I’m more just suprised he even gave it any love. This is a guy who converses on Twitter with Thedragondemands and this year said GOT is one of the worst shows ever made. Thinks the showrunners are sexist. I was just more suprised than anything.

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    11. Fireandblood87,

      I admit that I don’t really follow anyone on twitter nor do I pay much attention to Myles, but can you point out where he said that GoT was one of the worst shows ever made?

      I’m familiar with his AV Club reviews for GoT, and I recall he was pretty complimentary of the final season. He had some issues with it, but was ultimately pretty positive.

      I do recall him virtue signaling a bit on race and sexism in GoT though, but then again, that seems to be par for the course these days.

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    12. Mr Derp,

      His conversations on Twitter with people. I stopped reading his reviews years ago. Maybe he was more positive than I realized but his Twitter reactions sure seemed the opposite. I also don’t take anyone serious that cozies up with thedragondemands. Hey if he was positive then I’ll admit I’m wrong in assuming what he thought. He just seemed like he truly hated it on his Twitter. He seemed very upset at all the Emmy nominations.

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    13. Top Game of Thrones Actors’
      Spoofs, Skits & Commercials

      [Yet to be ranked. “**” designates my early frontrunners.]

      ________
      ** • Emilia Clarke Goofs on Her Own “Where are My Dragons!” Line

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDPLsIpCCB8

      _______
      • Seth Meyers – Melisandre at a Baby Shower

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5C6kG57J7Q

      _________
      ** • Maisie Williams for 4G Supervoice from 3 Mobile (UK Wireless) Skin Care Infomercial Parody

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILhXJd63dU0

      ______
      • “Shame or Glory” SodaStream Commercial with Septa Unella (Hannah Waddingham) & The Mountain
      (2:54 – 3:06 [end] is my favorite part…)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1KHgjaaV1g

      _____
      • Seth Meyers Takes Jon Snow to a Dinner Party

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BabsgCQhpu4

      ______
      • Maisie Williams Poses as Store Clerk “Lorraine” to Prank GoT Fans

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnQZFoNsJ68

      _____
      • Jimmy Kimmel “Game of Phones” Fan Hotline, Part 1 (Sophie T, Lena H, Jon Bradley, Joe Dempsie, Maisie W, Kristian N, Iwan R, Liam C)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4-R3JvGdJs

      _____
      • Jimmy Kimmel “Game of Phones” Fan Hotline, Part 2 (Liam C, Lena H, Isaac HW, Jon B, Sophie T, Maisie W, Kristian N, Iwan R)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuxmSHyDUYs

      _________
      • Kit Harington Sings to Rose Leslie: “Wildling” (to the tune of “Wild Thing” by the Troggs)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWaFM1hspzU

      _________
      ** • Peter Dinklage on SNL as Jonathan Comet Singing “Space Pants”
      (starts at 1:00; joined by Gwen Stefani at 3:02)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwpmqMnngRk

      ______
      • Lena Headey (Channeling Cersei) Drinks Wine and Insults Jimmy Kimmel

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ngj2_Xjjsw

      ——
      • Jimmy Kimmel – “The Hound” KFC Commercial (might be abridged)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgo7Bos-uIM
      —-
      • Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington Dolce & Gabbana “The One” Commercial (2017) in Naples, Italy

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spULsJ89GW0

      ——
      • Emilia Clarke (Singing in Italian) – for Dolce & Gabbana

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1oyCi6KSI

      ———-

      • Alfie Allen/Theon Encounters Iwan Rheon/Ramsey; with Charlotte Hope/Myranda (Red Nose Day Musical) at 0:05 – 1:06

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6JIGyEEUT0

      ——-

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    14. Mr Derp,

      As I suspected, because my 3:09 pm comment contained about 14-15 links, it’s trapped in moderation for now. I’ll burn a candle and offer a prayer to the the Lord of Light to liberate it.

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    15. Ten Bears:
      Mr Derp,

      As I suspected, because my 3:09 pm comment contained about 14-15 links, it’s trapped in moderation for now. I’ll burn a candle and offer a prayer to the the Lord of Light to liberate it.

      Seven save you, friend

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    16. Mr Derp,

      Some we’ve probably all seen before. Others were part of ad campaigns that expired and are more difficult to retrieve online – like this one…

      Maisie Williams for 4G Supervoice from 3 Mobile (UK Wireless) Skin Care Infomercial Parody

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    17. … Then there’s this one that’s too insane to overlook.

      • Peter Dinklage on SNL as Jonathan Comet Singing “Space Pants”
      (starts at 1:00; joined by Gwen Stefani at 3:02)

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    18. Ten Bears:
      Some we’ve probably all seen before. Others were part of ad campaigns that expired and are more difficult to retrieve online – like this one…

      Maisie Williams for 4G Supervoice from 3 Mobile (UK Wireless) Skin Care Infomercial Parody

      LOL!!!

      “And by age 11, she still didn’t have a job.”

      (But she’s right about the black spots 😢)

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    19. This one’s a little obscure but I get a kick out of it – especially the last 10-12 seconds.

      • “Shame or Glory” SodaStream Commercial with Septa Unella (Hannah Waddingham) & The Mountain
      (2:54 – 3:06 [end] is my favorite part…)

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    20. Let’s see if I can post these two Dolce & Gabbsna commercials Emilia Clarke filmed in Italy. I hadn’t seen the second one until today.
      She’s such a ray of sunshine!

      Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington Dolce & Gabbana “The One” Commercial (2017) in Naples, Italy

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spULsJ89GW0

      ——
      • Emilia Clarke (Singing in Italian) – for Dolce & Gabbana

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    21. Adrianacandle,

      Descriptions and links to some of the more well-known skits (e.g., Seth Meyers: Jon Snow at Dinner Party, and Melisandre at Baby Shower)
      are buried in moderation. I figure most of us have seen those already.

      Here’s an ASNAWP entry from a few years ago:
      ______
      • Maisie Williams Poses as Store Clerk “Lorraine” to Prank GoT Fans

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    22. Ten Bears,

      Thank you for all those videos!! I had seen the Seth Meyers ones but some (especially the Maisie Williams ones) were new to me! XD She reminds me of my youngest sister…

      Going to work my way through them now!

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    23. I agree with GoT in the list so I’m just stating the others I think I like being in the list, I only give the shows that I loved that were in the lists that I watched:
      Americans: Amazing show, amazing ending.
      Veep: Love that show, strange show but I loved it.
      Brooklyn 99: even when I love it, I don’t think it should be in it.
      Better call saul & Breaking bad: I fully agree these 2 being in it.
      Community: Who doesn’t love any?
      Justified: I normally don’t like western like shows, but I loved this one.
      Leftovers: For me one of the best ever made. The ending was just perfect.
      Mad Men: Still miss that show. The characters were amazingly written.
      Parks & Recreation: It made some list Adrianna, now off to the library?
      Chernobyl: One of the best shows ever made, it was a show that had me at the end of my seat for the whole season.
      30 Rock: Amazing comedy, a very unique comedy show.
      Westworld: Another master piece of HBO
      Fringe: One of the best plots I ever saw, and the characters are amazingly written. One of the shows I watched multiple times.
      Orphan black: Strange unique show, but pretty dark.
      Sherlock: One of the best shows out there. Can’t wait for season 5.
      It’s always sunny in Philadelphia: Love it, a show that takes humor almost too far, but never over the line.
      Treme: I loved this show, the characters are so life-like. If you like a show about characters, watch it.
      Fargo: Detective with dark humor, I love how everything comes together in such a silly but convincing way.
      The Night Manager: Well written mini-series with an amazing cast.
      Twin peaks the return: I watched the show because of the return. I binged the 90s season and this one in just a week. Amazing writer.
      Hannibal: One of the shows I really missed when it stopped. Pretty dark, but I loved it.
      Person of interest: Amazing show by Christopher Nolan.
      Big Little lies: Amazing character written series.
      Mr Robot: For me one of the best in this list. It’s a show that’s in it’s last face now. And I have to say one of the best ever written. 90% of the episodes I would rate above 9,0. And the character arc is one of the best I ever saw. In my top 10, maybe top 5. And the plot is at least in my top 5, the way Sam Esmail does plottwist is very unique and masterfully done. It’s as far as I think the only show that when you watch it, the plottwist put everything you watched till that moment on it’s head. And you need to revisit the whole storyline again to understand what “really” happened.
      True detective: One of the few detective shows I like, I even like the not-so-liked season 2.
      Peaky Blinders: How come this show like Mr Robot isn’t in that many lists? This British show is just a master piece. Love the 1920 vibe.
      Homeland: Amazing show, can’t wait for the last season. The writing is amazing, and the character of Carry amazingly written.
      The Office: Also in too few lists, one of the best comedy’s out there, maybe even the best.
      Downtown Abbey: I like shows that are in the past with it’s unique way of telling the story, this is one of those.
      Grey’s anatomy: I agree that the earlier seasons should be in it, but after season 10 this show is just not that great anymore in my opinion.
      Outlander: Season 1 to 3 were amazing and I understand them being in it, season 4 was a letdown.

      It seems I watch a lot of shows XD

      2019 now:
      A knight of the seven Kingdoms. Deserved 😀

      Episodes whole decade:
      Flue season parcs & recreation: One of the funniest of the show.
      Vichnaya Pamyat chernobyl: One of the best episodes I ever saw.
      White Tulip – Fringe: This belongs here, one of the best of fringe (but not the best), and one of the best of many shows I watch.
      “The Reichenbach Fall” Sherlock: One of these episodes that had me on the front of my seat the whole episode.
      “Mizumono” – Hannibal: I agree this was one of the most breathtaking beautiful written episodes I ever saw. It was just stunning. One of the reasons I’m happy I watched this show.
      “International Assassin” leftovers: Brought something new to television. But not my favorite episode of Leftovers.
      Winner Better call saul: This episode was brilliant, a perfect ending to season 3.
      Blackwater: This was indeed an amazing episode.
      The suitecase mad men: Amazing episode.
      Ozymandias Breaking bad remains one of my favorite episodes of all time.
      Grey’s Anatomy: “Sanctuary” and “Death and All His Friends”: Even when Grey’s anatomy is not always that great, this is one of the episodes that shows when Greys anatomy is great, they are not just great, but a 10,0 rating deserve great. This was one of the times my heart was pumping in my chest for the duration of those 80 minutes.
      Game of thrones Baelor: Deserved.
      The leftovers “Book of nora”: One of these episodes I would rate a 10,0. I still cry even thinking about it. Perfect ending.

      I hope we will get some list from sites like: the NY times, Washington posts and other big newspapers.

      I’m happy I read these lists, it made me think back to all these shows I loved and adored, and how I somehow miss many of them. Some more than others. And too think of that many of them even started their first episode after 2010. It’s strange.

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    24. Mr Derp,

      Ah, it looks like the Lord of Light answered my prayer! My 3:09 pm comment with all 15 links has posted, so I’ll refrain from posting any more of those video links separately.

      Speaking only for myself, after skimming through the critics’ and and websites’ rankings of
      different shows or individual episodes of all shows, for this year or for the whole decade in
      arbitrarily numbers lists of 10, 15, 50 or 100…
      I was left with one thought: Who cares?
      And how is Melvin Milquetoast qualified to say that 29 shows are better than GoT? How can anyone presume to be capable of grading hundreds or thousands of episodes?
      It’s all subjective anyway…

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    25. Ten Bears,

      True and how can you compare many shows. How can you compare GoT a fantasy show, to for instance Breaking Bad which is 100% drama, or Twin peaks or some other shows. Personally when I look at a show it’s more: Do I like it yes or No? Are the characters great? Do I care about the characters? And if all is in the yes category I will look at it if the show is unique in his genre, I mean every single kind of story is already be done since the 90s and especially the 00s, so to even be great it needs to be unique. And if that’s the case that show for me is in the: Master Piece class. But I won’t compare those in that class to each other, that for me is nitpicking and as you state subjective. But still for me (still subjective of course), I do distinct shows that are in different classes. Some shows are just perfect (master pieces 5 stars), some are near perfect but not yet master pieces (4,5 stars), some are just great but not unique but it’s a good watch (4 stars). Then I have shows that are fun to watch and I really like them, but are not really that great put together (3/3.5 stars), and last shows I can’t watch because the mistakes are just taunting me in the face (1/2,5 stars).

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    26. Adrianacandle,

      I hope you enjoy them! I really liked Maisie’s
      4G Supervoice from 3 Mobile (UK Wireless) Commercial (Skin Care Infomercial Parody) when it came out a couple of years ago but it disappeared from YouTube within a few months. I just found the new link for it (subtitled in French?) today.

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    27. Fireandblood87:
      Myles Mcnutt has said some of the most vile things about the showrunners. I’m suprised he is showing it any love at all. During season 8 he was acting like a child.

      His personal agenda and progranda spewing against Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss was/is disgusting.

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    28. Ten Bears,

      I will look into that one.

      Fireandblood87:
      Myles Mcnutt has said some of the most vile things about the showrunners. I’m suprised he is showing it any love at all. During season 8 he was acting like a child.

      Or maybe he can be watching objectively? Not liking season 8 but liking the show as a whole? Or did he attack D&D personally? Or only season 8?

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    29. Ten Bears,

      Never saw the space pants clip. Awesome! I’ve been watching Gwen S on the Voice…
      totally unrelated…
      those following HDM, I just had a chance to finish episode 5. Lyra going on her journey with the bear was quite good. There were great special effects with her riding. It’s not nearly Arya and the Hound, but it’s a nice relationship between Arya and the polar bear. The series has me hooked now. The story is getting interesting, and they are letting Lyra be much more independent than early in the season.

      I also started a new re-watch of GOT from the beginning. I felt a bit like King Robert when he was talking about Lyanna when he was in the crypt and said…. “I can’t even remember what she looked like”. I started feeling that way about some of the episodes. I’ve rewatched many times, but some started to fade, so time to revisit them! When you guys were talking about season 5, I had a hard time remembering alot of of it. Can’t wait until I get to season 4 with some chicken and a side of chicken!
      And I love the scenes with Arya and Tywin which will come soon…

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    30. Tron79: those following HDM, I just had a chance to finish episode 5. Lyra going on her journey with the bear was quite good. There were great special effects with her riding. It’s not nearly Arya and the Hound, but it’s a nice relationship between Arya and the polar bear. The series has me hooked now. The story is getting interesting, and they are letting Lyra be much more independent than early in the season.

      I really, really enjoyed episode 5 — I also like how they did the relationship between Lyra and Yorick! I’m pretty excited for this Monday’s episode… 🙂

      I agree about Lyra becoming more and more independent — she’s making much more of an impact of her own accord. I also like the developing friendship between her and Lee Scoresby.

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    31. Adrianacandle: I really, really enjoyed episode 5 — I also like how they did the relationship between Lyra and Yorick! I’m pretty excited for this Monday’s episode… 🙂

      I agree about Lyra becoming more and more independent — she’s making much more of an impact of her own accord. I also like the developing friendship between her and Lee Scoresby.

      Yes I agree about Lee. I didn’t read the books yet so I don’t know if Lyra’s daemon will settle by the end of the series but I couldn’t help think she was foreshadowing something about her daemon when she said she had some bear in her. I will be surprised by what happens but I’m sure if you read the books you already know! I have some guesses from the foreshadowing. I am actually cutting the cable cord as we speak. The installer guy is here right now installing a cheaper and faster internet connection so I can pull the plug on my cable subscriber. but I’ll have to subscribe separately to hbo through amazon or the hbo now thing while the season is still going on.

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    32. kevin1989:
      Tron79,

      Have fun watching. I currently finish 6×04.

      Thanks! You too.
      You inspired me to do another GOT rewatch. I was waiting for awhile. It’s a pretty large investment in time once you get started now that there are 73 episodes. I own them on amazon prime. The quality of the early episodes weren’t great for some reason. We will see if they improve with my new Internet connection. Also even though I didn’t win I’m hoping for season 8 on Blu-ray for the holidays so by the time I get to season 8 the screen resolution will blow me away.

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    33. kevin1989:
      Tron79,

      Is there no option to watch the episodes offline? Like with Netflix that you download them via amazon?

      I believe they give an option on the computer but I watch with a roku on tv so no download option that way. I’ve downloaded some things for my laptop/tablet for the airplane but otherwise it’s tv for me. The quality was worse than usual this time for season 1 and I’ve done lots of rewatches. I’ll try today after my new 500mbps connection is installed today. The Local phone company is promoting very fast cheap fiber plans to get people to get off cable. It’s $45 for 500Mbps down and 250Mbps up. Pretty incredible if it actually works. So I took them up on it. If it’s still bad than it must be on amazon’s side. It kind of looked like Dany was riding two horses it was so bad.

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    34. Tron79,

      Do a speed test online. Look what comes out of that. But somehow I can’t believe the problem would lie with Amazon except if they had interference/malfunction (don’t know the right english word).

      Is roku a program on the pc or something like Kodi? A device on it’s own?

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    35. kevin1989:
      Tron79,

      Do a speed test online. Look what comes out of that. But somehow I can’t believe the problem would lie with Amazon except if they had interference/malfunction (don’t know the right english word).

      Is roku a program on the pc or something like Kodi? A device on it’s own?

      The roku is a cool streaming box you hookup to your tv that has various apps you can install like YouTube, Netflix, hulu and amazon prime. Those are the ones I use all the time. I don’t know much about the kodi boxes. The quality is usually great on the Rokus. I even just got a new one that supports 4K even though I don’t have a 4K tv yet. I’ll try again after the phone company leaves. He’s busy drilling holes.

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    36. The Light King:
      Tron79,

      Season 8 especially The Long Night looks so good on Prime.

      Yeah season 8 looked great for me too but then I went back to the first season and it had lots of artifacting. It’s possible it was just the connection but it was a whole week. I’ll know more this afternoon. The phone guy is just about done connecting me. I do really want to see how the long night looks in blue ray though.

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    37. Tron79: Yeah season 8 looked great for me too but then I went back to the first season and it had lots of artifacting.It’s possible it was just the connection but it was a whole week.I’ll know more this afternoon.The phone guy is just about done connecting me. I do really want to see how the long night looks in blue ray though.

      803 looks brilliant on blu ray. Wat better then the already great looking streaming version. If blu ray looks this good, I can’t wait to see the 4k version.

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    38. Tron79,

      ”…I also started a new re-watch of GOT from the beginning. I felt a bit like King Robert when he was talking about Lyanna when he was in the crypt and said…. “I can’t even remember what she looked like”. I started feeling that way about some of the episodes. I’ve rewatched many times, but some started to fade, so time to revisit them!”
      ———
      Though I was latecomer to the show (started binge watching pre-S4 marathon), when I recently rewatched the first episode I felt like King Robert upon first seeing Ned: ”Nine years!”
      (I too wondered how so many years could have flown by. Where has the time gone!)

      I also could not help but spontaneously insert additional dialogue into that scene while I was watching it again:

      (S1e1 – King Robert greets the Starks in WF)

      Ned: “Your Grace.”
      Robert: “You’ve got fat.”
      (Ned looks at Robert’s girth; Robert bursts into laughter, then hugs Catelyn)
      Robert: “Cat!”
      Catelyn: “Your Grace.”
      Robert (to Ned): “Nine years! Why haven’t I seen you? Where the hell have you been?”
      Ned: “Guarding the North for you, Your Grace. Winterfell is yours.”
      Arya (to Sansa): “Where’s the Imp?”
      Sansa: “Will you shut up!”
      (Robert greets each of the Stark children lined up in front of him)
      Robert (to Robb): “Who have we here? You must be Robb.”
      Robert (to Sansa): “My, you’re a pretty one.”
      Robert (to Arya): “Your name is?”
      Arya: “A girl has no name.”
      Robert: “Who are you?”
      Arya: “No One.”
      Robert: “Your name is?”
      Arya: “Arya.”
      Robert (to Bran): “Oh, show us your muscles. (Bran flexes)
      Robert: “You’ll be a soldier!”
      Voice of Future Bran: “Guess again fat boy. I’m gonna be King.”
      Arya (to Sansa): “That’s Jaime Lannister, the queen’s twin brother.”
      Sansa: “Would you please shut up!”
      (Cersei emerges from carriage)
      Cat (bowing): “My queen.”
      Robert (to Ned): “Take me to your crypt. I want to pay my respects.”
      Cersei: “We’ve been riding for a month, my love. Surely the dead can wait.”
      Robert (ignoring her): “Ned…”
      Arya: “Where’s the imp?”

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    39. Tron79,

      ”Never saw the space pants clip. Awesome!”

      🎶 “Intergalactic Space Pants.”🎵
      – Jonathan Comet 💫

      ”… Can’t wait until I get to season 4 with some chicken and a side of chicken!
      And I love the scenes with Arya and Tywin which will come soon…”

      For sure! The last nine minutes of Episode 1 of Season 4 are glorious! That segment had everything: Comedy, insults, drama, action, callbacks, comebacks nka mic drops (e.g., “Someone is”), visuals – and a perfect conclusion with our two mismatched heroes riding off together, with Needle and chicken respectively. Episodes 5, 7, 8 and 10 also have iconic Hound & Arya scenes.
      Tywin & Arya (S2?) are always enjoyable to rewatch. (Those were show-only scenes, right? I’d recommend them to any “D&D can’t write” whiners.)
      Another one of my favorites is an Arya & Sandor scene in late S3, their encounter with the pork merchant (Arya begs Sandor not to kill him). I just loved Sandor’s double-take at the very end.

      Enjoy your rewatch!

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    40. Fireandblood87,

      That’s what I wanted to know, but what did he call D&D then? Bad writers or more things like: Dumb & Dumber. I never followed him so I don’t know anything about what he suppose to have said.

      Mr Derp,

      I want to know that too, I mean saying things like: D&D didn’t give great writing or D&D didn’t work hard enough for season 8 for instance is for me not an personal insult, but a professional attack. But if he gave D&D nicknames or treats personally that for me is really vile and should not be tolerated.

      The reason why I want to know this is that some think giving critic on the show is personal attacking D&D and some think the opposite that even when you attack them personal that you do nothing wrong.

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    41. Tron79: Yes I agree about Lee. I didn’t read the books yet so I don’t know if Lyra’s daemon will settle by the end of the series but I couldn’t help think she was foreshadowing something about her daemon when she said she had some bear in her. I will be surprised by what happens but I’m sure if you read the books you already know! I have some guesses from the foreshadowing. I am actually cutting the cable cord as we speak. The installer guy is here right now installing a cheaper and faster internet connection so I can pull the plug on my cable subscriber. but I’ll have to subscribe separately to hbo through amazon or the hbo now thing while the season is still going on.

      I like what Lyra’s daemon settles as (although, her daemon’s ermine form is the cutest thing) but I won’t spoil it for you 😉 I also love Lord Asriel’s snow leopard daemon (and as I talked about with Jenny before, I think she has the most beautiful name – Stelmaria).

      Best of luck with your cable to faster internet transition! 🙂

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    42. Ten Bears:
      Tron79,

      ”…I also started a new re-watch of GOT from the beginning. I felt a bit like King Robert when he was talking about Lyanna when he was in the crypt and said…. “I can’t even remember what she looked like”. I started feeling that way about some of the episodes. I’ve rewatched many times, but some started to fade, so time to revisit them!”
      ———
      Though I was latecomer to the show (started binge watching pre-S4 marathon), when I recently rewatched the first episode I felt like King Robert upon first seeing Ned: ”Nine years!”
      (I too wondered how so many years could have flown by. Where has the time gone!)

      I also could not help but spontaneously insert additional dialogue into that scene while I was watching it again:

      (S1e1 – King Robert greets the Starks in WF)

      Ned: “Your Grace.”
      Robert: “You’ve got fat.”
      (Ned looks at Robert’s girth; Robert bursts into laughter, then hugs Catelyn)
      Robert: “Cat!”
      Catelyn: “Your Grace.”
      Robert (to Ned): “Nine years! Why haven’t I seen you? Where the hell have you been?”
      Ned: “Guarding the North for you, Your Grace. Winterfell is yours.”
      Arya (to Sansa): “Where’s the Imp?”
      Sansa: “Will you shut up!”
      (Robert greets each of the Stark children lined up in front of him)
      Robert (to Robb): “Who have we here? You must be Robb.”
      Robert (to Sansa): “My, you’re a pretty one.”
      Robert (to Arya): “Your name is?”
      Arya: “A girl has no name.”
      Robert: “Who are you?”
      Arya: “No One.”
      Robert: “Your name is?”
      Arya: “Arya.”
      Robert (to Bran): “Oh, show us your muscles. (Bran flexes)
      Robert: “You’ll be a soldier!”
      Voice of Future Bran: “Guess again fat boy. I’m gonna be King.”
      Arya (to Sansa): “That’s Jaime Lannister, the queen’s twin brother.”
      Sansa: “Would you please shut up!”
      (Cersei emerges from carriage)
      Cat (bowing): “My queen.”
      Robert (to Ned): “Take me to your crypt. I want to pay my respects.”
      Cersei: “We’ve been riding for a month, my love. Surely the dead can wait.”
      Robert (ignoring her): “Ned…”
      Arya: “Where’s the imp?”

      Maisie was so awesome with “Where’s the Imp??”
      I finally got my new Internet connection… Now I think I need a better router to get all of the new speed! My house goes through my old wireless router…It’s rated OK..It’s a gigibit router, but it’s old, and one upgrade leads to another! I did find out that Google Chrome is slow. I can’t get all of the speed (500Mbps) on chrome but in Firefox no problem. Speed tests get almost 500…Very odd and well documented from others about Chrome.. So far, I only saw a few minutes of a season 1 episode to see if the quality was better, and it was much much better now. Hopefully things will settle down with the techy stuff and I can relax and enjoy more Arya scenes from the re-watch! I may need to be on my computer reviewing routers, mesh routers…and who knows what….it’s starting to stress me out looking at all the new things out there…. Now that I got the speed I want to use it!

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    43. Mr Derp,

      I read his review. They are overreacting. He never attacked them personally. Myles McNutt loved episode 1 and 2. He didn’t review episode 4 because he was out of the country. Episode 3 what did he do wrong here I think that people say he was being personal to D&D: Giving the episode not a 10,0 but a B (8,0). He never insulted them, only stated some things he didn’t like.

      Episode 5: He rated it a B- (7/7.5). He states he thinks Dany burning KL is right for the story and a theme of the show. He also state that he is happy the show turned towards Dany dark heel. But he states that he didn’t believe the characterization was done right by D&D (yes he named them by name), that it needed time and that he wished they would have written it more predictable and character driven instead of shocking revelation. (The thing we say here most of the time when we talk about what we didn’t like in season 8). So he talked about D&D but he talked about their work, he stay professional, Myles Mcnutt never once in this review get personal to D&D and I think some fans need to learn that criticizing somebody’s body of work (doesn’t matter which kind of work, if I for instance go to a restaurant and the steak I ordered medium rare is well done, I will criticize the cook, but I will never be personal.).

      The Iron Throne: B+ (8,5/9): He was pretty positive about it, that it was true to the theme of the story, he liked how the characters ended. He praise GoT show as a whole.

      I really can’t see why people say he was personal attacking D&D. He never did, he is a very professional reviewer with respect for both GRRM and D&D, I wonder if it’s not about that he didn’t give season 8 all the episodes a A+.

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    44. Jack Bauer 24: His personal agenda and progranda spewing against Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss was/is disgusting.

      Rewatching season 8 right now on the blue Rays…liking it even better without the din of instant reactions clouding my judgement…episode 1 excepted ( it’s a so-so episode) episodes 2-6 are really great episodes of television and I have no doubt that in less than a decade or so, they’ll be recognized as such, once the “outrage” of pro-Dany or Pro-Targaryen fanboys dissipates into the ether. I remain steadfast in my judgement that Season 8 is better than seasons 5 and 7, heck, it’s better than some episodes of season 2! I rather like D&D’s (along with Emilia) commentary on the last episode, where they make more than clear that: 1) most of what went down in that episode came straight from George AND 2) they were perfectly aware of how controversial George’s ending was going to be…IF George’s last couple of books ever come out some people are going to have a rather rude awakening…

      D&D did make a couple of mistakes, I feel.
      1) They knew as far back as 2013 that Bran ends up as King; they should never have made Bran skip season 5, rather they needed to keep building Bran up that season, and maybe given him a couple more glimpses of the future? It would have been better to omit all that terrible Dorne businesses and just give us more Bran in the cave stuff; it certainly would haven been better than that pseudo re-enactment of Xena: Warrior princess that Dorne turned out to be…

      2) The conversation between Bran/Three Eyed Raven and Tyrion in episode 2 should NOT have been off-stage; it’s rather crucial in understanding why and how Bran ends up as King and why would Tyrion propose such a solution. HECK, if you didn’t have room for that convo on episode 2, I would have put it as a Cold Open to episode 6 prior to the credits; it’s that important for the ending, and having had it off stage was a major error.

      3) having Isaac play the character as “slightly more Bran, slightly less Tree God” in the final season would have helped too…

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    45. kevin1989,

      That’s kind of what I suspected all along. I asked for specific evidence of the alleged horrible treatment and I received nothing but generalities in return or no reply at all. The fact that he corresponds with thedragondemands doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It could simply be that he doesn’t limit his conversations with only those that he agrees with. I don’t like thedragondemands either, but this notion that you can only communicate with those that you personally approve of is childish and is for people that live in fear and don’t get out very often.

      I’ve no doubt that D&D were the target of vile personal attacks, but isn’t that pretty much what everyone is subjected to when it comes to Twitter and all other forms of social media these days? That’s pretty much why I don’t have Twitter. It’s a cesspool of negativity. Celebrities are not the only ones that have to deal with a lot of unnecessary negativity through social media.

      Some people seem to have a particular agenda here when they comment and it really only takes a few comments to flesh out what exactly that is for certain people.

      The majority of posters who act like D&D are martyrs of some kind or act like they are being treated like the scum of the Earth 24/7 just so happen to usually be the ones that also talk shit about GRRM every chance they get.

      Either that, or they just can’t handle any criticism that season 8 gets, so they need to resort to a victim mentality in order to bend reality to fit their personal preferences.

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    46. Mr Derp,

      Agree with you. And now I’m wonder who that dragondemand guy is, if even you dislike him. But I think he is on the same spectrum but only the opposite opinion, everything is bad about season 8 without objectivity?

      And agree many of the white knights of D&D here, are the ones that talk dirt about GRRM every chance they got (even stating that we shouldn’t talk about the books on this site, can’t remember precisely who it was, that’s not the point but it was annoying that they wanted to force a “only-show-talk” on this site), and they are pretty subjective when talking about GRRM, with “I didn’t like it because it’s too slow” so it’s a bad book and nobody should like it arguments. But I think I’m a bit in the middle, I think the books are better, but still think they suffer from some problems like the splitting that should never have happened which resulted in Feast being the smallest book when it should have been the biggest of the first 4. And I showed my opinion about too many new POVs in one book. And at the same time I state why I think D&D are amazing writers even when not agreeing with all their choices, I understand them why they did it, and in the end I still think D&D are one of the best out there, especially when it comes to a massive story that GoT is.

      And to go back to your last comment about taking criticism about season 8, I agree. How many times is it when people even stated one thing they didn’t like about season 8 that instead of arguments they come with fallacies for the defense.
      And ironically, every professional criticism about D&D and GoTS8 is a no go, but a personal attack on GRRM or for instance Myles McNutt (calling him vile etc) is ok.

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