And what better way than to bring fair tidings from the mouths of kings?
Stephen King, to be precise. In the year-end (Dec 28 through Jan 4) double issue of Entertainment Weekly, the prolific author and fright-meister (and part-time E.W. columnist) set Game of Thrones high on his exalted list of awesomeness—not once, but twice.
First, in his “Best TV I Saw in 2012″ column, he had Game of Thrones listed at # 5, saying:
Mystery, magic, and dragons, all rendered with eye-popping special effects. Add to this a wheels-within-wheels story line and the best ensemble cast on television. I’ve been particularly charmed by Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Message to Maisie: America’s (arguably) two greatest living fiction authors love you. That does not suck!
Additionally, King listed A Song of Ice and Fire at # 2 under his “Best Books I Read in 2012″ column, saying:
I took two steps into this series last January, lost my balance, and went in headfirst. The HBO series is great, but no match for the wild generosity of the books. Swordplay, dragons, and magical fire-queens are all very well, but Martin brings something better to the table: an array of unforgettable characters and a staggering imaginative scope.
It wasn’t just Mr. King’s admiration; E.W. also listed “Blackwater” as the # 1 Best Episode of 2012. Yep, the George R.R. Martin-penned ep. beat everything else. The always-descriptive James Hibberd said:
Season 2′s climactic Battle of the Blackwater wins because HBO allowed producers the time and cash to stage a massive land-and-sea confrontation. Thus, this was an episode of rousing heroism, chilling cowardice, gory action, and a giant green explosion that went “FOOOOOM!” The most ingenious part? It made us care about the warriors on both sides. Staging that battle in viewers’ hearts was the most successful wartime victory of all.
Fire And Blood: Couldn’t agree more, James! And, as a longtime fan of Stephen King (It, The Shining, and The Stand remain some of my favorite books to date, and the film adaptation of his novella The Mist probably has the greatest ending to any horror movie—ever), I have wondered if he had ever read ASoIaF. The answer: not until recently! Yet another fan of the books brought in by the show!
Anyone else out there a King fan? Gimme your top 3 Stephen King works! Extra points for anyone who names for me the Stephen King protagonist/hero they think would last the longest if magically teleported to Westeros. (For my money it’s Roland Deschain from “The Dark Tower” Obvious? Sure. But hey.)
Lastly! Dan Fienberg of HitFix ranked Game of Thrones at # 7 in his “Top 10 TV Shows of 2012″ list. Fienberg gives props to Dave and Dan, as well as to Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson, and Sophie Turner. Watch the video here!