The year is almost over and Game of Thrones is capping a fantastic 2012 with appearances on the year-end lists of many critics and websites.
Here’s what a few notable reviews and lists had to say:
- TV Guide says “Game of Thrones proved once again that viewers don’t have to sacrifice thought-provoking character study to enjoy some visceral blood and gore.”
- MSN calls it the year’s best, complimenting its “sweeping battle scenes” that are “coupled with all the drama, emotion and backstabbing (literally) of a medieval “Dynasty” on steroids.”
- Time Magazine is calling it “a breathtaking study of how power is seized among the shadows.”
- A.V. Club includes in it their Best TV of 2012. The fine work of the cast is highlighted, noting that “the expanded role for Alfie Allen’s Theon was a riskier proposition that paid off, and the show’s casting continued to shine with a set of new cast additions.”
- Mo Ryan of The Huffington Post says that Game of Thrones “greatly improved on its first season and offered some wonderful battles, sharp dialogue and terrific performances along the way.”
- The show is number 5 on HitFix‘s First Annual Television Critics’ Poll, with 21 critics choosing GoT for their top 10 lists.
- In addition to the website’s poll, HitFix’s executive editor Dan Feinberg cites the “intimate character work” we see in episodes like “Blackwater,” with “tremendous performances” from Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson and Sophie Turner.
- Tim Goodman for The Hollywood Reporter ranks the show at #3, calling it “epic” and adding that “the best of Game of Thrones could be ahead of it, which is inspiring and impressive.”
- Game of Thrones is included in Alyssa Rosenberg’s 65 Favorite Things From The Year in Pop Culture, with her observing that the show has “gotten more emotionally rich and visually ambitious as it’s gone on.”
- As reported previously, Stephen King lists the show among the “Best TV I Saw in 2012″ in EW’s year-end issue, and the magazine named “Blackwater” as the Best TV Episode of 2012.
Ours is the Fury: Game of Thrones has racked up an impressive list of accolades, especially for a fantasy genre show with a dizzying amount of characters and storylines. It’s great to see the second season embraced by the public and the critics.