Hello! Welcome to my first post!
I love (perhaps a little too much) evaluating things, trying to understand why something works or why it doesn’t, why I like some things and others turn me off. I love top ten lists, and I love full on rankings even more. Most importantly, I love Game of Thrones. It’s grown to become my favorite television show. I’ve thought and rethought and then thought some more about the different episodes of Game of Thrones, which I liked, why I liked them, what the strengths and weaknesses are of each one. And after way too much geeking out, and some last minute re-tinkering after finally rewatching Season Four, I’ve compiled a list of all forty episodes of Game of Thrones, ranked worst to best. Under each selection I have a clip of the best scene, and an explanation as to why I placed it where I did. These explanations are (I think) pretty comprehensive, clear, and (hopefully) brief. I hope your enjoyment reading it is a fraction of what I experienced making it. Feel free to comment, even if (in fact, especially if) you disagree and want to discuss it.
Here are the other posts for my ranking:
Part 2: (30-21)
Part 3: (20-11)
Part 4: The Top Ten
- Garden of Bones
Written by: Vanessa Taylor
Directed by: David Petrarca
Best Quote: “Born amidst salt and smoke…is he a ham?” – Renly Baratheon
Even the worst episode of Game of Thrones is pretty watchable, especially in King’s Landing, where Tyrion continues to consolidate power by turning cousin Lancel Lannister from enemy to spy. However, there are more than a few lines and bits of writing that could have been better (“My husband is my king and my king is my husband”; “I invoke summai!”; the cliché beginning to the Robb/Talisa romance).
My least favorite part of the episode, though, is the climax of hour. Melisandre’s giving birth to the smoke monster from Lost was uncomfortable to watch, but my problem with the scene runs deeper than discomfort. The Renly/Stannis rivalry had a lot of potential, but thanks to the vagina monster, it gets swept out of the way with no major effects on the larger story. Renly was just a way to prolong Stannis’ arrival at King’s Landing until “Blackwater,” quickly removed from the show with no consequence to his stern older brother. The smoke demon baby thing was such a contrived plot device, it makes the Baratheon rivalry that dominated “Garden of Bones” seem like a pointless waste of time. It’s no wonder the show has conveniently forgotten about its existence since.