There are a couple weeks left in 2013, but best-of-the-year lists are turning up already, and Game of Thrones is still making a strong impression on critics. In addition to being named one of the AFI’s Top 10 Shows for the third year in a row, the program has received these recent accolades:
- “Two words alone could earn George R.R. Martin’s epic adventure a spot on this list: Red Wedding. Or maybe one word: dracarys,” sums up EW’s Melissa Maerz in her 10 Best TV Shows of ’13 list.
- Tim Goodman calls GoT “epic storytelling at its finest” in the Hollywood Reporter’s list of 20 Best Cable Dramas of 2013.
- The Red Wedding tops Rolling Stone‘s 2013 best TV moments list, with the magazine citing it as “the year’s most intense TV ‘wait no this can’t be happening’ shocker, pitched somewhere between The Wild Bunch and the “November Rain” video.”
- Time Magazine named it one of their Top 10 TV Shows of 2013, and chose “The Rains of Castamere” as one of their Top 10 TV Episodes of 2013. The episode “And Now His Watch is Ended” makes an appearance on the honorable mentions list.
- “This isn’t a great show because Brienne fought a bear (though, let’s face it, that’s a good enough reason). It’s among TV’s best because Jaime Lannister’s tortured hot tub confession to Brienne — among many other intense moments — was just as mesmerizing,” explains The Huffington Post‘s Maureen Ryan in her 2013 roundup.
- Empire Magazine include GoT on their list of the 20 Best TV Shows of 2013, and salutes the The Red Wedding, “which, though slightly altered from George R.R, Martin’s book, carried enough power to break hearts, boggle minds and melt the Internet briefly.”
- Emily Nussbaum of the New Yorker says I Really Do Hate Top-Ten Lists, and includes Game of Thrones on her list of 32 shows that she enjoyed the most this year.
- The Red Wedding checks in at #4 on The Washington Post’s list of the Best TV shows and moments of 2013, with the Post referring to this year as the best season so far.
- Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture notes that Game of Thrones is “never content to rest on spectacle” in his article on the 10 Best TV Shows of 2013, and says that “The Rains of Castamere’ is assured a spot on any list of the most horrifying hours of TV ever.”
- Paste Magazine commends the show’s willingness to raise the stakes for their protagonists, placing GoT at #6 on their list of The 25 Best TV Shows of 2013.
- “Game of Thrones is most impressive as sheer storytelling, moving easily from large scale events to intimate ones, and revealing with breathtaking ferocity that no character, no matter how apparently heroic, is safe,” says Alison Willmore of Indiewire in her Top 10 Television Shows of 2013.
- Wired applauds the adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels in their best of the year list. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have a gift for knowing when to flatten the complex backstory into slightly neater accordion folds, and when to unpack the simpler characters and moments of the series into more well-rounded shapes,” writes Laura Hudson.
- The show is #4 on Slant’s list of the 25 Best TV Shows of 2013, with the magazine observing, “Nearly every frame possessed the feeling of gathering, impending force, as if the whole of Westeros was about to erupt into violent, ceaseless madness and death. And, of course, it did.”
- According to Total Film on their annual list, “the Red Wedding sent media outlets (and Twitter) into meltdown, but season three was about so much more than that, and easily the show’s strongest so far.”
Ours is the Fury: I’m sure there will be more best-of list appearances over the next few weeks. The Red Wedding left a huge impression, obviously, but critics recognized other amazing aspects and storylines of the show too which was great to see.