Game of Thrones: The Best of 2013
By Ours is the Fury on in Press.

rwThere 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.
  • 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.”
  • “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.


57 Comments

  1. GeekFurious
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for collecting all of this. Excellent stuff.

  2. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    “Three seasons you must watch. One to be hooked, one for certainty and one out of habit.”

  3. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to see how successful this season was even whilst keeping plenty in store for Season 4.

    But seriously HBO, we’re due a trailer or a teaser or something! By this time last year we had a ‘making of’, a ‘new characters’ and a teaser video, if I remember correctly.

  4. Reza
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh God….How can we fast forward to end of March/April to see the beginning of Season 4? This wait has been …. very hard…

  5. Clob
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    No kidding. If this were last year we’d be 110 days from premiere right now. What were we at the first day the countdown clock went up? If it goes up at under 100 this year that will make it feel close.

    I saw the SAG awards nominations were announced. I s’pose they’ll be a blurb up here eventually.

  6. mariamb
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes, yes…we need a trailer or a teaser.

    And when will we get the results of the WiC polls? Hopefully before Christmas.

  7. I Need A Trailer
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    i don’t really need a trailer.

  8. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I don’t need a trailer, but I’d appreciate a tease and an ‘In Production’ video.

  9. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I Need A Trailer,

    A master of obfuscation. It seems we have our very own Varys.

  10. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    mariamb,

    A teaser with a title and a date (and maybe a tag-line for the season) would be great now. We are far away from any kind of trailer, though.

  11. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Reza,

    This was the easy part. We’re now at the dry, no-news season which is obviously the worst. It will be a long couple of months until the trailers arrive :(

  12. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Pizza party?

  13. Wrath of the Gods
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    What would be a great tagline for this season? I wish they didn’t use “the north remembers” already.

  14. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Wrath of the Gods,

    “The pizzas ARE coming and they’re gonna be amazing”

  15. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHo_BqKbkCM
    Another one coming soon? TWOW coming soon? Is there actually a chance that the book’ll release in 2014?!

    Thank god for Flicks and the City!

  16. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Wrath of the Gods,

    “The Sun Rises”

    “Snow, Stone, Steel”

  17. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Wrath of the Gods,

    Something with “Revenge”. That should be the general theme of the season, no?

  18. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Rygar: “The pizzas ARE coming and they’re gonna be amazing”

    I’d be a fool not to vainly exploit my handiwork once more

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/96809806@N02/11290998274/

  19. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    “Enjoy this season because the rest of the story sucks”

    Too harsh. I actually somewhat enjoyed Book 5.

  20. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink
  21. Salty Dornishman
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    “Unbowed, unbent, unbroken!”

    I can’t wait for season 4!

  22. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Book 5 is my second favorite. During the read it actually competed with book 3, until the book ended but the story didn’t.

  23. Wrath of the Gods
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    Yeah, either that or something to do with the wall/wildlings. S4 will probably be heavy on the stuff going on at the wall, but I can’t think of anything catchy that would be relatable.

  24. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Salty Dornishman,

    Looking at the state of the “good guys” (aka anyone that wasn’t a conspirer in the RW or Joffrey), it’s more like “Bowed. Bent. Broken.” A pretty grim beginning in season 4.

  25. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    “101 ways to kill Walder Frey”

    With props to Black As Snow over at wicgeeks

  26. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Maybe “The Price of Vengeance”.

  27. Jentario
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Did you honestly spoiler tag that? It didn’t even happen yet. Yet…

  28. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    I am getting soft in my old age

  29. Felt Pelt
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    That is exciting to hear. So it would seem there’s at least a rough draft form of the next book if it’s “nearly ready.” Re: Roy Dotrice coming back to show, it would be neat for Pyromancer Hallyne to show up in nicer digs and with a medal for Blackwater, showing Qyburn around the dungeons and perhaps shocked by his non-fire-based form of sadism.

  30. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,
    he means the second installment of the Tyrion quote book

  31. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    “Wherever whores go”

    “You know nothing”

  32. Rygar
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    “The Starks deserve a break today”

  33. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Season 3 didn’t have a tagline, but it didn’t stop people from speculating. How many times did we have to see people suggest ‘Weddings Are Coming’ as a season 3 tagline?

  34. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    ‘Meereen Is Coming’

  35. Miles
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait for season 4! Best part of the story. If they thought this was great, next season is going to blow minds.

  36. Bunny Way
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m ready for the countdown clock, a teaser, a trailer, half a dozen making-of videos and a 15 minute preview of the first episode. Oh, a beer and a large bowl of Sisters Stew, if you please.

  37. Roopert
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    About 3 minutes in he says he was supposed to play a major part in the series but had to decline due to his cancer diagnosis. Anyone know what part? I figured either Maester Aemon or Pycelle but didnt see an answer online (may have missed it too).

  38. Abyss
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Roopert,

    It was Pycelle.

  39. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I really hope that “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts” is an episode title. Preferably the finale.

  40. Villane
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Over at Metacritic.com Game of Thrones is currently number 3 on the aggregated list of Critic’s top 10′s. That’s up 4 spots from last year.

    With no Breaking Bad and the total awesomeness that is the latter part of Book III next year, we could totally be number 1 in 2014.

  41. Joshua Atreides
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    The finale should be called Only a Cat of a Different Coat :)

    Search your feelings. You know this to be true.

  42. WildSeed
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    Nice, that ” A song of slice and flour ” ( :

  43. WildSeed
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Game of Thrones : The Best of 2013 , nice review and timely.

  44. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    I just want to mention that the picture of Cat accompanying this article is awesome. Michelle ruled that scene. What a horrifying expression, holding the bloody knife to the neck of the Frey bitch, desperately propping her up like a frail doll, and she’s got a crossbow bolt stuck in her back! Damn Cat…I hope you get your fuckin’ revenge and more! Every moment of screen time that LS gets from here on out, I’m cheering and pumping my fist! Have no mercy, LS!

  45. Arthur
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I have a feeling season 4 is going to be amazing. Season 3 was good but the RW overshadowed everything. In season 4 we are going to get great scenes ever 2 episodes basically…

    I just pray D&D pull off the big duel and make it as amazing as the books. All the other big events I have total confidence that they will be great but this duel scene will be so hard to pull off…

    I also feel confident GoT will continue to increase in popularity (hard to believe that’s even possible). Season 4 is going to be great but right now I am starving for a teaser or set photos.

    I want to see what The Red Viper looks like in full wardrobe so bad!

  46. Jentario
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    The best was “Till Death do us Part”.

  47. Jentario
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    No, no. The finale MUST be “Only a Cat of a Different Coat”.
    - Tyrion shows another, darker side of his personality.
    - “Only Cat”
    - Stoneheart

    It fits perfectly.

  48. Jentario
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides,

    We WILL make this happen.

  49. Kael of the Lake
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Jentario,

    Well, if RD was precise in Martin’s quote, it means that we’ll get the next installment in 5 to 6 years (roughly). That’s how “nearly ready” translates for the last couple of books.
    Therefore I’m quite excited about it – it’s the first time we are given a publication date beforehand. Uncertainty and predictions are killing me.

    Valyrian Plastic,
    I love your work ser, inspiring to say the least.

    Rygar,
    There is no second installment of the Tyrion quote book, just the Hodor quote book. The only problem is that it’s getting too long so he’ll soon need an editor to trim the fat down. It’s gonna be a masterpiece, especially on amazon.

  50. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Kael of the Lake: I love your work ser, inspiring to say the least.

    Thank you. I just do these things for fun but I’ve never done any ‘Thrones work before. Maybe I will do something else much closer to March. The only other things I can draw well are teddies, so there might be a Ted Stark or Tyrion Lannisfur turning up one day.

  51. GeekFurious
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Jentario:
    Hmmm….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHo_BqKbkCM
    Another one coming soon? TWOW coming soon? Is there actually a chance that the book’ll release in 2014?!

    Thank god for Flicks and the City!

    Flicks and the City is either the luckiest bunch on the planet or they are secret ninjas pretending to be typical entertainment bloggers. How are they not the biggest thing on the Internet? While everyone else scrambles for information, these cats always ask the best questions and get the best answers.

  52. OldeCrone
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    It may help that the blogger is based in the UK as are a lot of the cast. She does seem to ask entertaining questions that aren’t too much the “same old, same old” – though they do all get asked what amazing death they would like …..

  53. Joshua Atreides
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Jentario,

    Yes. Yes we will.

  54. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Apparently the season 3 boxset is being released a week sooner than planned. My Amazon status update just told me the new delivery estimate is February 20th-22nd. Should ease the wait a bit.

  55. Red Hound
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Jentario:
    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    No, no. The finale MUST be “Only a Cat of a Different Coat”.
    - Tyrion shows another, darker side of his personality.
    - “Only Cat”
    - Stoneheart

    It fits perfectly.

    Stoneheart just after “Only Cat” would be amazing.

  56. Dwayne
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Is there any confirmation that LS is going to be on the show

  57. Bard
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    What about the WiC-Awards?

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