• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    The acting is delightful, the visuals are sumptuous, the stories couldn't be more surprising.
  2. 100
    The storytelling seems to have hit a new peak of relaxed confidence. In every scene you get a sense of steady forward motion. New characters are introduced and old characters deepened, and devious new plots are laid out so deftly that it's not until midway through episode three that you look back over everything that came before and laugh at yourself for not having seen a particular surprise coming
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    The acting is sublime, the writing wicked sharp, the sets and camera work astonishing, and in terms of ambition, be it narrative, creative, logistical or geographic, no other series comes close.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    "Justified" and Game of Thrones, each in its own way, has done its share to raise that bar to dizzying heights.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 4, 2014
    100
    Game of Thrones continues to tease out the most meaningful stories from George R.R. Martin's still unfinished fantasy series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," straying where necessary to highlight a possibly neglected character or perhaps just to produce something slightly less depressing.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    Game of Thrones continues to impress with its ability to depict how intimate choices can have epic consequences, and vice versa. Each of the actors rises to that challenge, whether playing opposite one person or a multitude of extras.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    Still TV's best--dive in while the water's warm.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    Game of Thrones isn't afraid of change: It's the lifeblood of the series, and just one of the reasons we keep watching.
  11. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    Even when the show is scene-setting mode (as it is in these early episodes), GoT now excels at slipping exposition into meaty character moments, and the cast is terrific at nailing what's in the scripts and much more beyond that.
  12. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    HBO’s fantasy series is as stirring in its action, as rich in characters, and more sweeping in scope as ever.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    Watching this season’s first three episodes, one is struck by how sumptuously far this epic now spreads.
  14. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 3, 2014
    100
    The first three episodes of the epic fantasy's fourth season reach new heights at times, offering enough twists, shocks and action to make us forget last season's mind-blowing Red Wedding.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew Romano
    Apr 2, 2014
    100
    It is--and continues to be in Season 4--a total storytelling masterclass.
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 2, 2014
    100
    The consistency of excellence in Game of Thrones is truly something to behold. Even in three episodes, viewers will sense things tightening up-- that winter and war are coming and they are coming at a full run.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 31, 2014
    100
    Martin’s fantasy world, with its ruthless lust for power, is surely not for the faint of heart, and the sheer number of subplots invariably means that one or two start to sag. Such criticisms, however, amount to nitpicking on a show that operates at such a consistently high level, from the spectacular cast to the sweeping and diverse backdrops, consistently conjuring a summer-tentpole feel.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Mar 28, 2014
    100
    A sprawl of engrossing setup. [4 Apr 2014, p.61]
  20. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 27, 2014
    100
    The first three episodes of season 4 grab the wide-flung stories of this epic and assemble them into a crackling narrative. [7 Apr 2014, p.41]
  21. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 4, 2014
    91
    Game remains one of the more challenging shows to follow, but one of the most rewarding.
  22. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 4, 2014
    91
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
  23. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 3, 2014
    91
    Game Of Thrones has not moved away from “sexposition,” prostitution, and casual rape as titillating plot points, and that will always tarnish what is otherwise a groundbreaking show. But the good outweighs the bad. Game Of Thrones was and is an astonishing achievement.
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 2, 2014
    88
    In its fourth season, Game of Thrones finally strides with the purpose and fearlessness of a great battle-tested behemoth through the sprawling, violent landscapes of Westeros.
  25. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 2, 2014
    80
    Season four promises more of the same while expanding on stories in the books and in some cases improving on what could be long literary slogs.
  26. Reviewed by: Don Kaplan
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    All of this unfolds at a snail’s pace--at least in this first episode--and for some, that may be a bit of a let-down after last season’s violent conclusion. But that’s fine. This is a series that has already proven its mettle.
  27. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Apr 4, 2014
    75
    It’s a pretty grim lot, but ever thus in the nasty, brutish world of George R.R. Martin. Regardless, it’s so good to see all of their bruised, brooding faces again.
  28. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 3, 2014
    70
    Due to all this ambitious sprawl, Game of Thrones only occasionally puts together a satisfying standalone episode. There is too much going on, the one-hour limit too arbitrary.... It’s the particular power of Game of Thrones that as these characters descend further into the muck and the grime, the besmirching totality of violence, we’re still pulling for so many of them.
  29. 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.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1414 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 106
  2. Negative: 7 out of 106
  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 justBy 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 6, 2014
    10
    The show is doing a great job at following the books. I do enjoy all the added scenes. Almost every episodes are going to have some extraThe show is doing a great job at following the books. I do enjoy all the added scenes. Almost every episodes are going to have some extra scenes that aren't in the book because the books are from first person points of view. So the writers have the freedom to add the scenes that are usually mentioned in the books and some are just created. They just can't make a character go m.i.a like in the books. Certain things had to be adapted for TV. it keeps the show fresh and keeps the book readers still some way surprised (including myself). I am very pleased with the show. No other TV network would have done the show justice, it requires a big budget though it still not as epic as it is in the books i would still like to thank the writers and HBO for the effort. Two thumbs up. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2014
    0
    Slow and boring cant watch it having the feeling that the world stop spinning.It's just a talkshop that actors talk meaningless dialogues andSlow and boring cant watch it having the feeling that the world stop spinning.It's just a talkshop that actors talk meaningless dialogues and do over- acting so some sponge minded simpletons thing this is the greatest show ever. Full Review »