• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jace Lacob
    May 30, 2013
    80
    While Season 3, like the novel on which it is based, takes a little while to get going, when it does pick up speed, it soars--particularly in the sensational third and fourth installments.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 1, 2013
    75
    If Game of Thrones still feels like it's just a bit weighed down by the sheer heft of its narrative strands, to say nothing of the seemingly endless backstories and mythologies, the series at least now feels like it has some firm footing and a newfound sense of certain direction that was lacking intermittently in the second season.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 29, 2013
    100
    The horrors of war, the danger of shifting alliances and the anguish of intra-family rivalries raise the dramatic stakes, matched by the glorious visuals.
  4. 90
    The physicality of the visuals and the performances helps power Game of Thrones past any rough patches--not that there have been that many.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Mar 29, 2013
    100
    Massive, cruelly dense, absurdly complicated and absolutely thrilling.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 29, 2013
    83
    Game of Thrones plays by its own rules--and remains irresistible.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 29, 2013
    100
    So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 29, 2013
    100
    Game of Thrones is like no other TV show around right now--brilliant, exasperating, enthralling, and, if you let it become so, hard work.
  9. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 29, 2013
    100
    Game of Thrones is as complete a universe as exists on television, whatever its rhythm. More drama and more bloodshed are certainly forthcoming, and I have every confidence they will be served up as delicious and sopping as a rare steak.
  10. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    The tapestry of characters in George R.R. Martin's fantasy kingdom has grown so huge now that only the most avid fan can hope to identify them all, let alone keep track of the family ties, alliances and enmities which make this quasimedieval world so dangerous to nearly everyone in it.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    There's event television, and there's Game of Thrones. [8 Apr 2013, p.41]
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    The show beautifully depicts a massive game of musical chairs, a world at war with doom ever present just across the border.
  13. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    Sunday and the next three episodes are superb while the rhythms and beats of the story are very nearly hypnotic. Nothing here feels wasteful or cheap.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 28, 2013
    83
    Game of Thrones seems to be getting better all the time judging from the four episodes sent for review. It’s just that it also seems to be taking longer and longer to get there in the interests of servicing all the returning and new characters in play.
  15. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    Here’s to a dense, layered, enterprising and fascinating journey through Season 3--and as many more seasons as need be to complete this incomparable fantasy.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 28, 2013
    90
    I just want my favorite shows to be able to break my heart, and the more broadly Game of Thrones ranges and the longer its cast list grows, the tougher it will be for the drama to do that. It's impossible not to be drawn into the saga, however (aside from one or two strands that are filler and/or confusingly laid out).
  17. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    Not as much sex as you may be used to, but plenty of action, and enough complexities to keep geeks, geniuses and fans glued to the strange and wonderful world of the Seven Kingdoms all spring.
  18. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 28, 2013
    80
    No one in Westeros is going soft, and there is no shortage of intrigue and sly drama that doubtless foreshadows death, destruction and plentiful violence to come.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    [Peter Dinklage, Ciaran Hinds, Paul Kaye, and Dianna Rigg are] all fun to watch, even when their characters don’t have anything in particular to do besides relay information that we need to keep up with the story or keep straight the seven (so we’re told) warring families.
  20. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    The series is so good that it isn't seriously harmed by its few minor flaws. Much of the dialogue is brilliantly written, revelatory and credible.
  21. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 28, 2013
    83
    Game of Thrones remains a very entertaining series set in a very rich world. But the longer it’s on, the more it feels like Benioff and Weiss are only scratching the surface of that world--even if that may be the only way to coherently explore it.
  22. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 27, 2013
    90
    This is extraordinarily ambitious and entertaining television, wherever its pedigree.
  23. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Mar 27, 2013
    91
    The most compelling characters in season 3 are the gentleladies.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 26, 2013
    100
    At its best, it’s big, bloody and downright glorious.
  25. Those who make the investment are richly rewarded. There's enough tension, betrayal, treachery, greed and sex, after all, to fill eight seasons of "Scandal."
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1429 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 96
  2. Negative: 5 out of 96
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    For a show as vast and complex as HBO's Game of Thrones, a slow and careful re-introduction is probably for the best. The pace of tonight'sFor a show as vast and complex as HBO's Game of Thrones, a slow and careful re-introduction is probably for the best. The pace of tonight's Season 3 premiere is accordingly quite measured- one might say that it abruptly ends before anything significant actually occurs- but we find ourselves cured of cliffhanger and able to begin sorting through a plot that has had a tendency to overwhelm in the past. Timeframe, along with the pantheon of characters, has been somewhat condensed from the novelistic version of tonight's events, but the cuts were made carefully and do not yet appear to leave any obvious holes or scars. Performances are impressive, writing is stellar, new winds of complexity begin blowing in the north and south alike, and one can't help but wish it were already next Sunday. Game of Thrones is back. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    8
    Episode one can most definitely be considered a brief rendezvous with each of the seasons main characters. Although our "Thrones" palletsEpisode one can most definitely be considered a brief rendezvous with each of the seasons main characters. Although our "Thrones" pallets have been given a light taste of whats to come, one can't help but feel a bit robbed of a genuine "meal". Game of Thrones is consistently satisfying. I give it an 8 for the first episode only because as is expected it's serves as a recap of the end of last season. Essentially the stage has been set for what I expect to be a season of great fantasy entertainment. Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2013
    10
    Game of Thrones season 3 is here! The writing is absolutely fantastic and better than ever,the storylines are highly compelling and there's aGame of Thrones season 3 is here! The writing is absolutely fantastic and better than ever,the storylines are highly compelling and there's a darkness lingering in the air as death literally is on every corner.The show is easily the most visually stunning show on TV with gorgeous sets and special effects blending in perfectly with this dark fantasy realm that George R.R Martin has created.The acting performaces are stunning by everybody and there are no weak links.Game of Thrones has hit a very strong stride,and the stakes are higher than ever before.The realm is engulfed in a hell'ish war of those competing for The Iron Throne.There will be blood....there will be lots of blood.From Daenary's travelling to Slavers Bay to Jon Snow meeting the King beyond The wall.Game of Thrones is compelling TV,and TV you cannot miss. 10/10 Full Review »