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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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94

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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1146 Ratings

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  • Summary: The fourth season finds King Joffrey preparing to wed Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), as Jaime Lannister seeks to rekindle his relationship with his sister Cersei, while Daenerys add more people to her army, and Castle Black is about to be attacked by Wildlings.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 31, 2014
    100
    The sharply written, slow-paced premiere ratchets up the tension on what’s reported to be the bloodiest 10-episode season yet.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    The acting is delightful, the visuals are sumptuous, the stories couldn't be more surprising.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Romano
    Apr 2, 2014
    100
    It is--and continues to be in Season 4--a total storytelling masterclass.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    It's sexy, violent, witty, emotionally devastating and visually spectacular--those dragons are bigger and more unruly than ever--delivering an experience not unlike how the glorious Diana Rigg (as Lady Olenna, Queen of Thorns) responds when she first lays eyes on the Amazonian warrior Lady Brienne (Gwendoline Christie): "Aren't you just marvelous, absolutely singular!" Yes, she is, and so's the show.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    As they have for three years, the blend of function and character within the dialogue is breathtaking. One of the best shows of the last several years feels as creatively vital as ever.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 4, 2014
    91
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Apr 4, 2014
    60
    This narrative pokiness is redeemed, as usual, by the machine-tooled professionalism of the production, the lavish attention to the mock-medieval costumes and setting, and the mostly crisp, understated acting by the international cast.... More than ever, though, you may find yourself impatient for the plot to wind around to the more engaging story lines.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 88
  2. Negative: 7 out of 88
  1. Apr 7, 2014
    10
    By knowing what happens from reading Book 3, this second half has the potential to be the greatest season of television ever. The show just keeps topping itself and Benioff & Weiss stay incredibly true to the books. Possibly more-so than any other book-to-TV/Film adaptation ever. Expand
  2. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    The story just keeps getting better! I am glued to almost every scene of this show. The first TV program that has truly shocked me at the climax of an episode...or 3! Every character has something to offer and the show makes you care about everyone of them (soo many)...I just hope they have a satisfying ending to this show as it could ruin the whole thing in the way dexter did (never thought it was possible but it happened). If you haven't started watching GoT START TODAY, you will find yourself wanting to know everything about every character and how the story all comes together in the end...if there ever is one! Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    What can I say about Game of Thrones? It's perfect! It's one of the shows I enjoy watching the most. Undoubtedly, one of the best shows in TV history. Watch it! Expand
  4. Apr 20, 2014
    10
    Before I begin my review, I feel obligated to say: People that give this an 8 then criticize everyone who gives it a 10 really REALLY bother me. To the individual I am addressing but not completely calling out, I must beg that you be pragmatic in your future critiques. Your opinion is NOT fact. Maybe I believe that Breaking Bad and Justified are great shows, but do not quite "match up" to HBO's The Wire and Game of Thrones. But that is MY opinion. It is still not fact.

    And to the next person I hear compare Game of Thrones to that, IN MY OPINION, inconsistent (though still oddly entertaining) mess of a series The Walking Dead as if they are on the same level of quality, or for that matter, use the idiotic concept "over hyped", I will cut off his manhood and feed it to the goats!

    Now, to the review: Yes, I am reviewing this season only two episodes in. To those who disapprove, be sated by the fact that if something were to change my opinion down the road a few episodes I will update my review accordingly. But, having the distinct advantage that I have read the books and having not been disappointed thus far, I am fairly confident this season will be the best yet. And since Metacritic will not let me give the show the 11 I feel it deserves, I am forced to give Game of Thrones another 10 for this season.

    In my opinion, the books series it is based on, A Song of Ice and Fire, is simply the single greatest adult fantasy series out there that I have read, and Game of Thrones has done a near-perfect job adapting such a vast text to fit a television format. Do I have occasional quibbles about the showrunners adaption choices? Of course. But, so far, none have been immense enough to warrant me docking the show even 1/4 of a point.

    I cannot wait to see some of my favorite scenes from the books adapted for the big screen. This season will most definitely be unforgettable and the pinnacle of great television, in my opinion.
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  5. Jul 20, 2014
    9
    A still excellent series that benefits from seasons that don't exceed 10 episodes making it easier to pack a lot of story and events into each episode so there are few dull moments. Season 4's stride definitely kicks in about half way in and, just like Game of Thrones is expected to do, leaves you with an incredible close of the season. If you're not watching GoT, you should be. If you hate it, you're wrong ;) Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2014
    9
    -1 for have to wait a week to see next ep. cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait. Expand
  7. May 11, 2014
    0
    It was slow and boring and I am not really into these types of shows. I'd rather have a live action Call of Duty.
    I feel that this show does
    not meet the potential that it has shown to post-viewers via advertisements and other ways of attention. Expand

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