Den of Geek names “Blackwater” best TV episode of 2012

Den of Geek’s 10 Best TV Episodes of 2012

“Now THAT was an episode!

HBO has a history of, in other programmes, promising big battles but delivering sub-par results. Neil Marshall, who directs this episode from a great George R.R. Martin script, keeps things tight and intense. There are wider shots of what have to be CGI ships in a CGI harbour, but when it comes to showing combat scenes, they’re shot almost claustrophobically. There are bodies and hacking axes and slashing swords and I can’t tell who is who outside of Tyrion, Bronn, Stannis, and a few other recognizable faces. Still, it doesn’t really matter from a viewer standpoint; we’re getting carnage and blood and people being cleaved in twain, and that’s exactly what you’d expect from a war in the Seven Kingdoms.

The amazing thing about this episode is that, for the first twenty-thirty minutes, there is no battle. There’s just tension, and that makes the battle even more effective. You know what’s coming, they know what’s coming, and it’s just stomach-churning to watch these characters we’ve grown closer to all season prepare themselves for potential death.”

I literally don’t know anyone who doesn’t watch this show. I watched and really enjoyed every single episode this year, and I still have no idea how it was sold. ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea for an incredibly expensive show that’s about knights and swords, but it’s mostly about different people resorting to sometimes war but mostly sneaky political manipulation to achieve power. There aren’t really clear protagonists, and morality is never rewarded. There are dragons and zombies, but I don’t imagine they’ll impact the plot for many, many years. There will be too many characters to keep track of and about a dozen new ones being introduced every season. Sean Bean’s the only kind-of famous person attached to it, but I’m going to kill him fairly early on. Deal?’
Fucking deal.
— Dan O’Brien ( on Game of Thrones (x)