Game of Thrones has been on television for three seasons now, and each of those seasons has earned it an Emmy nomination for Best Drama. GoT has gone 0 for 2 in the category thus far, but we hope their luck will change at this Sunday’s Emmy Awards, and here’s why.
Season 3 was the year when GoT went from being a great show to a really, really, you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me great show. The show became the most talked about show on TV in its third year, and dominated the pop culture conversation for as long as it was airing episodes (and even for some time afterward). The acclaim came as no surprise to readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, upon which the show is based, since Season 3 started drawing stories from what many fans consider to be the strongest book in the series, A Storm of Swords.
This was the season when viewers were overwhelmed every week with shock and awe, and every episode seemed to build upon the one that preceded it. Shock: Tyrion marries Sansa. Awe: The thrilling climb of the Wall. Shock: Jaime Lannister loses his hand. Awe: The resurrection of Beric Dondarrion. Shock: The RED WEDDING. Awe: DRACARYS. The list goes on and on.
We can’t think of a show in recent memory that has given us so many thrilling moments, so many pop culture touchstones, and so much great TV week after week after week. In addition to the story, which is tremendous and connects dozens of characters over vast territory, the show also looks movie-quality good. Is there any other show on TV that looks as polished and feels as big as Lord of the Rings? No, no there is not.
Game of Thrones is also a very diverse show; meaning that it has something for virtually everyone, and it does all of these things well. For those who like romance, there’s Jon Snow and Ygritte (or, there was Jon Snow and Ygritte). If you’re into comedy, we submit for your amusement, the musings of drunk Tyrion, or sober Tyrion, or basically anything that comes out of Tyrion’s hilarious mouth. If you’re into action, there’s battles with flaming swords and fights in bear pits. If the supernatural is what tickles your fancy, look no further than dragons and zombies and white walkers, oh my.
When one takes into account all the Game of Thrones does, and how well it does these things, there really isn’t any question. It’s the best drama on TV right now, and before it’s done, will likely go down as one of the best ever. So for now, let’s just offer a few words of warning to the shows squaring off against GoT this Sunday: Winter is coming.