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Critic’s Picks: The Top 10 Television Shows of 2013

Indie Wire has compiled a list of the “Top 10 Television Shows of 2013.” Game of Thrones placed at #6. Although we would have placed the show higher (or lower depending on how you look at it), take a look below at why the show was selected:

6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
HBO’s fantasy saga has ably demonstrated how television can be as epic in scope and look as a blockbuster, with a sprawl of characters over multiple continents continued to fight for power and survival. “Game of Thrones” is most impressive as sheer storytelling, moving easily from large scale events to intimate ones, and revealing with breathtaking ferocity that no character, no matter how apparently heroic, is safe. The “Red Wedding” scene wasn’t shocking just because of the characters it killed off, but because it bloodily underlined a point the show initially made when it lopped off Ned Stark’s head in season one. This isn’t a tale of good versus evil, just because a character represents order or honor doesn’t mean they’ll do any better in a world that’s savage under a thin veneer of civilization. By upending all of the typical rules of the genre, “Game of Thrones” remains terribly exciting high-end television.

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