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Game of Thrones is the latest title in the history of era-defining television – Seinfeld, Friends, The Sopranos – to reach its conclusion. Now that we know more – that Dany’s visions of the Red Keep at the House of the Undying so many years before was about ash, not snow, for one – some of the standout moments that brought us to this conclusion become clearer as well. We also talked to director Alan Taylor about a few of the epic scenes he oversaw. Read more of our interview with Taylor here.

Below are 21 of the biggest moments in the series’ eight seasons. Don’t like our picks? Take our poll or tell us your top moments in the comments.


21. “Hodor”

(Season 6, Episode 5: "The Door" 98%)
Directed by: Jack Bender
Written By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Bran wargs into Hodor to help fight the wights invading the Three-Eyed Raven HQ. When Bran and Meera are safely out the door, she pleads with Hodor to “hold the door” – a refrain that young Hodor hears in Bran’s time-travel realm, forever changing the character.
MVP: Kristian Nairn
Why It’s On the List: Understanding how Hodor came to be afflicted was hugely satisfying, harrowing, and unforgettable.


20. Cleganebowl

The Hound versus the Mountain in Cleganebowl in season 8, episode 5 of Game of Thrones, "The Bells" (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 8, Episode 5: "The Bells" 49%)
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: The Hound finally faces off one-on-one against his brother.
MVPs: Rory McCann, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Why It’s On the List: It’s the battle royale that fans had been clamoring for, and the series did not disappoint.


19. Battle of Blackwater


(Season 2, Episode 9: "Blackwater" 100%)
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Tyrion summons all of his bravery and leads the King’s Landing forces against Stannis’ army.
MVP: Peter Dinklage
Why It’s On the List: Dinklage’s delivery of Tyrion’s speech: “Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them.”


18. The North Remembers


(Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter" 99%; Season 7, Episode 1: "Dragonstone" 93%
Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik; Jeremy Podeswa
Written By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moments: We’re cheating a little here, combining two moments — one season’s finale and the next season’s opening — into one. First, Arya Stark shows us what epic vengeance looks like when she plays the role of serving wench to feed Lord Walder Frey two of his sons, Black Walder and Lothar Frey, in a pie in season 6’s finale. Then in season 7’s premiere, she sports the face of Lord Frey to poison his brood of murderous sons with wine. She peels off the old man’s face and turns to his stunned wife: “When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.”
MVPs: Arya Stark, David Bradley
Why They’re On the List: At the time, the extermination of House Frey was Arya’s bravest and most brutal move yet.


17. Cersei’s Walk of Atonement


(Season 5, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming" 100%)
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Cersei finally escapes imprisonment by the High Sparrow by agreeing to his walk of atonement.
MVPs: Lena Headey with Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella
Why It’s On the List: It was an unforgettable turn of fortunes for Cersei.


16. Jaime Pushes Bran from the Tower

Game of Thrones, season 1, episode 1, Jaime Lannister, Bran Stark screencap (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming" 100%)
Directed by: Timothy Van Patten
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Climbing a Winterfell tower, Bran Stark happens upon the queen, Cersei, having sex with her twin, Jaime. The latter pushes Bran from the tower hoping to permanently silence him.
MVPs: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Isaac Hempstead Wright
Why It’s On the List: Jaime’s act set the tone for the series to come: no one is safe.


15. The Execution of Littlefinger

Game of Thrones: Episode 67 (season 7, episode 7), debut 8/27/17: Maisie Williams, Aiden Gillen, Isaac Hempstead Wright. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Season 7, Episode 7: "The Dragon and the Wolf" 88%)
Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Sansa Stark puts Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on trial at Winterfell and sentences him to death for his crimes. Arya carries out the sentence.
MVPs: Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Maisie Williams
Why It’s On the List: Machiavellian Littlefinger – the man who betrayed Ned Stark in season 1, then traded Ned’s daughter Sansa to the Boltons – finally gets the end many thought he long deserved.


14. Mountain Vs. the Viper

Viper versus Mountain, Game of Thrones (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 4, Episode 8: "The Mountain and the Viper" 96%)
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Accused of regicide in the death of his nephew Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister opts for trial by combat. Cersei chose violent, cruel, and massive Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane as her champion. Tyrion named his brother, skilled swordsman Jaime, to fight for him, but was refused because the elder Lannister was far away fighting in the Riverlands. Because the Mountain raped and killed Elia Martell and murdered her children, her brother, Dornish prince Oberyn Martell – “The Viper” – steps up to defend the former acting hand of the king. Instead of a triumphant victory, he gets his eyes squished out of his head after taunting The Mountain.
MVPs: Pedro Pascal, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Indira Varma
Why It’s On the List: One of the series’ most gruesome moments, the Viper’s death was the eye-squishing that shocked the world. The events lead to a complete breakdown of the Martell family’s rule over Dorne. The Viper’s lover, Ellaria Sand, stages a coup of the kingdom-state, murdering Prince Doran Martell, and later allies with Daenerys Targaryen.


13. The Purple Wedding (Death of Joffrey)


(Season 4, Episode 2: "The Lion and the Rose" 100%)
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Olenna Tyrell facilitates the poisoning of cruel King Joffrey at his wedding to her granddaughter Margaery Tyrell.
MVP: Jack Gleeson
Why It’s On the List: After 31 episodes of Joffrey, “The Lion and the Rose” provided fans with a brutal end to the kingdom’s first vicious, idiot king.


12. The Murder (and Resurrection) of Jon Snow


(Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy" 92%)
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Several disgruntled Night’s Watch brothers, led by Alliser Thorne, lure Jon Snow into a corner of Castle Black’s courtyard and take turns stabbing him.
MVPs: Kit Harington, Owen Teale as Alliser Thorne, Brenock O’Connor as Olly
Why It’s On the List: Another Stark family death that no one saw coming – based on the show’s history, there was no reason to think that a Stark would come back – except the Red Woman. Melisandre’s presence rightly gave viewers hope that Jon would be resurrected, but they would have to wait until season 6 to find out.


11. The Trial of Cersei Lannister

(Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter" 99%)
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Don’t remember Cersei’s trial? That’s because there wasn’t one. The Queen Mother blew up the Great Sept of Baelor – and one-fourth of King’s Landing along with it – with wildfire rather than submit herself to examination by the High Sparrow and his righteous thugs.
MVPs: Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Natalie Dormer, the VFX team, editors, and composer Ramin Djawadi
Why It’s On the List: Cersei’s simmering glee, Queen Margaery’s desperate terror, the green plumes of ignited wildfire, and King Tommen’s utter devastation after the explosion – all accompanied by Djawadi’s haunting score – added up to a beautiful symphony of treachery, mayhem, and death.


10. The Wall Falls


(Season 7, Episode 7: "The Dragon and the Wolf" 88%)
Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Beric Dondarrion and Tormund Giantsbane are on hand to witness a terrifying and historic moment for the Seven Kingdoms – and for fans of the show – when the Night King appears out of the fog riding ice dragon Viserion, who blasts a hole in The Wall. Thousands of wights and their White Walker overlords stream through the passage created by the fallen ice.
MVPs: VFX team
Why It’s on the List: Ice dragon + falling 700-foot magical ice Wall = top 10.


9. Aegon Targaryen

Jon Snow and Rhaegal in Game of Thrones season 8 premiere (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 8, Episode 1: "Winterfell" 92%)
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: Dave Hill
The Moment: Samwell Tarly tells his best buddy Jon Snow who his birth parents are: “You’ve never been a bastard. You’re Aegon Targaryen, true heir to the Iron Throne…sixth of his name — all of it.” The next episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” followed this moment with its companion scene: Jon telling Daenerys (to her horror). Sam and Jon’s chat was also preceded in the season premiere by Jon riding Rhaegal (pictured above) — as if Dany needed more proof of his lineage.
MVPs: John Bradley, Kit Harington
Why It’s On the List: It wasn’t the splashiest scene or the most dramatic, but it finally aired out the best-kept secret in the Seven Kingdoms. It was a highly anticipated moment and it had arrived.


8. Burning of King’s Landing

Drogon destroys King's Landing season 8, episode 5 of Game of Thrones, "The Bells" (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 8, Episode 5: "The Bells" 49%)
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: The Northern coalition led by Jon Snow and Grey Worm meet the Golden Company at the gates of King’s Landing. While they stare each other down, Daenerys has been busy blowing the Ironborn fleet to hell with dragon fire on Blackwater Bay. When she’s done there, she starts on the city’s ramparts, destroying the scorpions meant to bring down her dragon, and finally makes her way to the main gate where she surprises Harry Strickland and his men with a blast of dragon fire from behind. Daenerys takes a breather with Drogon on the wall waiting for the bells to ring, signaling the city’s surrender. The bells do ring, but the Dragon Queen gets a wild-eyed look and sets upon the streets of King’s Landing, unleashing Drogon’s fiery vengeance. “You slaughtered a city!” Tyrion later scolds her.
MVPs: VFX team, Emilia Clarke for her effort in selling a moment that no one wanted
Why It’s On the List: Many didn’t agree with this plot turn, arguing that the behavior Daenerys displayed was out of character and only served as a cheap way of getting to an end; that is, giving Jon Snow irrefutable cause to also act out of character and execute her. The episode landed dead last on the Tomatometer of all 73 episodes. The burning of King’s Landing makes our top 10 here for its artistry, horror, and infamy.


7. Viserion Becomes an Ice Dragon

Viserion blue eyes Game of Thrones season 7, episode 6 (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 7, Episode 6: "Beyond the Wall" 84%)
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Traveling beyond the Wall to save Jon Snow and his wight-hunting party, Daenerys finds out that her dragons are vulnerable when the Night King hurls a lance and kills Viserion. Before he can reload his magical throwing arm, she loads up Drogon with the hunting party (minus Jon) and flies away back to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.
MVPs: VFX team, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
Why It’s On the List: From the wight army threat to the dragon flame, exploding ice, and downing of the great beast, everything in the final fight of the episode up and through the moment of Viserion’s death was epic, and the turning of the dragon was one of the series’ most surprising twists. Plus, the emotional investment the actors put into the moment was palpable and perfect.
Director’s Note: “The fact that you’re basically killing a puppy,” Taylor told Rotten Tomatoes, “you know it’s gonna have a very strong resonance with the audience, so I was really grateful to be able to handle that moment. And the reveal of the turn at the end, of course, was one of the yummiest episode-enders I’d ever been given – when we see the blue eye open and know what that means.”

Read more of Taylor’s take on the birth of ice dragon Viserion.


6. The Battle of the Bastards / The Death of Ramsay Snow


(Season 6, Episode 9: "Battle of the Bastards" 98%)
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Technically two moments, but so intertwined that the latter could not have happened without the former – and Sansa Stark gets mad credit for both. From her “I’ll do it without you” shaming of Jon at Castle Black, to calling in the Knights of the Vale, to releasing the hounds on Ramsay: all Sansa. “Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. All memory of you will disappear.” Jon swung the sword, but when all hope was lost, the future queen’s diplomacy and strategy saved the day.
MVPs: Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Iwan Rheon
Why It’s On the List: All corners of the episode from performance to directing, to production and art design, costuming, and the pure blood, sweat, and tears – surely there were tears! – that made this scene come together were superb. The episode won six Emmys in 2016: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Special Visual Effects, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. The series also won Outstanding Drama Series that year.


5. Arya Stark Kills the Night King

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3 (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 8, Episode 3: "The Long Night" 74%)
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Theon Greyjoy finds redemption protecting Bran Stark from the wight horde and the Night King, but loses his life. Just when it seems all hope is lost, the hero of Winterfell breezes past the White Walkers before they even know she’s there, and puts a knife in the Night King’s belly. He shatters into a million ice shards, the White Walkers also explode, and the wights, including ice-dragon Viserion, all crumble to the ground as so many rotting bags of bones.
MVPs: Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen
Why It’s On the List: Thus, the war against the dead ends.


4. Dragons!

Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones (HBO)HBO

(Season 1, Episode 10: "Fire and Blood" 100%)
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Daenerys Targaryen honors her dead husband with a king-size funeral pyre and places her dragon eggs alongside him, she adds the witch for a taste of vengeance, sets the lot on fire, then walks into the inferno. At daylight, Jorah Mormont and Rakharo approach the smoldering embers and find Daenerys, naked with three newly hatched dragons.
MVPs: This was Emilia Clarke’s moment with an impressive debut by three adorable baby dragons
Why It’s On the List: The arrival of Daenerys’ children delivered the fantasy to this fantasy epic after an entire season of talk of magic, monsters, and dragons.
Director’s Note: “A lot was going on there, obviously. It’s a tragedy, it’s a funeral, it’s the end of things, and as we discovered, it’s the beginning of everything, too. I know — I’ve heard this, and we spoke about it — that Emilia did not think her character expected to die in the flames…There’s a wonderful look she gives to Iain Glen, when he’s all torn up, when she’s about to walk in, she looks at him, and it’s such a forgiving, letting-go look, from such a place of wisdom, that I thought it was really beautiful, and that for me, was sort of the attitude that Emilia had Daenerys take into the flames, that she knew the rightness of what she was doing,” Taylor said. “She’s a Targaryen, and I think in her mind, she sort of knew flames were not gonna be the problem…that it wasn’t necessarily her death that she was walking to. I don’t think, certainly nobody, including her, expected the birth that happened, with her three sidekicks. But that was the beginning of the new dawn.”

Read more of Taylor’s take on the hatching of Daenerys’ children. 


3. Jon Snow Kills Daenerys Targaryen

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6, series finale "The Iron Throne" (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

(Season 8, Episode 6: "The Iron Throne" 47%)
Written and directed by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: So it’s all come down to this. Eight seasons of following the adventures of the young Night’s Watch warrior and the Dragon Queen, worrying about their choices and the dread of what’s to come, feeling their heartbreak and pain, and witnessing their phoenix-like rebounds, only to have the one (Ice – not the sword) kill the other (Fire). And to punctuate the moment, Drogon melts down the Iron Throne.
MVPs: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, and the episode’s VFX team for Drogon
Why It’s On the List: Putting aside other major developments from the finale – that Bran the Broken is now king of the Six Kingdoms, the North seceded the union and crowned Sansa queen in the North, and Arya is now a famed and feared assassin-adventurer of Westeros – this was the true end of the tale, the “Song of Ice and Fire.” That this Targaryen love story couldn’t have a happily-ever-after ending was devastating to a vast swath of fans who hoped or expected that the characters would choose love, not tyranny and assassination. Vocal fans on social media weren’t the only ones grousing; critics weighed in and gave the episode one of the worst scores in the series’ 73-episode history, and, in perhaps an even more stunning turn of events, the season is now Rotten on the Tomatometer.


2. The Death of Ned Stark


(Season 1, Episode 9: "Baelor" 100%)
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: King Joffrey fools everyone, promising that Ned Stark will get to confess his sins against the crown and head to the Wall to take the black, joining the Night’s Watch. Instead, and seemingly on a whim, he decides that Ned should lose his head.
MVPs: Sean Bean, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Jack Gleeson
Why It’s On the List: Ned’s death set the stage for his son to be named King in the North – and every tragic consequence of the Seven Kingdoms’ split.
Director’s Note: “The most emotional moments [of the scene] for me were some of the stuff between the way we crosscut between Ned and his daughters and certainly between Ned and Arya, who sort of inherits the narrative, at the end of that episode. We hand off from Ned, and sort of take it to her in a way that I was happy with, because of course, her character, like all characters, has a long road ahead of them,” Taylor said. “Ned Stark was the lynchpin, the centerpiece of the whole thing, and his performance, I still think, is just heartbreaking and beautiful, and it’s partly because I have daughters…but I think I identify with him up there: kind of a combination of anguish and shame and despair. His performance was perfect.”

Read more of Taylor’s take on the beheading of Ned Stark.


1. The Red Wedding


(Season 3, Episode 9: "The Rains of Castamere" 100%)
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Moment: Roose Bolton along with Walder Frey and his brood of murderers kill Robb and Talisa Stark, their unborn child, Catelyn Stark, and the Stark army.
MVPs: Michelle Fairley as the Stark matriarch, and David Bradley as the head Frey in charge
Why It’s On the List: The Red Wedding drew the ultimate line in the sand between the Lannisters and the Starks – between ruthlessness and decency. From that point forward, the series became a battle of good and evil.


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That’s it, free folks: “The Iron Throne” (55% on the Tomatometer as of publication) has closed the book on the Game of Thrones world, and completed the saga of why people with the last name of “Stark” should avoid the South at all costs. In honor of the 73 episodes that have been released since 2011, we decided to do a Tomatometer deep dive into all eight seasons.

The following statistics cover all 73 episodes of the series, and are accurate as of noon on Monday, May 20, 2019.


SPOILER WARNING! WE LOVE DATA AND WE SPOIL THINGS.

This article contains spoilers from the entire series of Game of Thrones.


THE TOMATOMETER AVERAGE FOR THE SERIES IS 91%

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6, series finale "The Iron Throne" (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

The 91% Tomatometer average for the 73 episodes does an excellent job of summarizing the series has a whole. A little more than 5 percent of the episodes have been Rotten — four in total, including season 5’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (54%) and season 8’s “The Last of the Starks” (episode 4, 58%), “The Bells” (episode 5, 47%), and “The Iron Throne” (episode 6, 55%). The majority of the show, however, has been brilliantly executed and its given us classic episodes like “Baelor” (season 1, episode 9, 100%), “Blackwater” (season 2, episode 9, 100%), and “The Door” (season 6, episode 5, 98%), which are genuinely thrilling and made us feel so many feels. (We miss you, Hodor.)


SEASON 8 IS THE LOWEST-RATED SEASON, BUT IT’S STILL FRESH

Missandei in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Critics have chilled on the GoT world since season 8 brought winter with it. However, the 69% Tomatometer average for the six episodes is still Fresh. The Fresh average can be attributed to the first two episodes, “Winterfell” (92%) and “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” (88%), which kicked things off by reuniting the core characters so they could battle a seemingly unstoppable force of ice zombies. It’s too bad that the Tomatometer scores for “The Long Night” (75%), “The Last of the Starks” (58%), “The Bells” (47%), and “The Iron Throne” (55%) plunged to record low scores.


THE FIRST IS THE BEST, ACCORDING TO THE TOMATOMETER

Forget saving the best for last: GoT kicked off its 10-episode first season with the 100% Tomatometer rated “Winter Is Coming,” and it ended with the 100% rated “Fire and Blood.” Not only was the season bookended by perfect episodes, it had a total of eight 100% episodes that critics lost their heads over (sorry, Ned). Only “Lord Snow” (86%) and “The Wolf and the Lion” (95%) failed to achieve perfection.


IT’S WAY HARDER TO HIT 100% NOW

Game of Thrones - Brienne, Arya (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

After season 1 kicked things off with eight 100% episodes, the subsequent seasons have had a hard time matching its Tomatometer dominance. Season 2 had five 100% episodes and season 3 had four, whereas seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 could only manage six perfectly rated episodes between them. (Watch season 5’s “Hardhome” now. It’s amazing!) In fact, the last episode to receive a 100% Tomatometer score was 2016’s “Book of the Stranger” (season 6, episode 4), which is the highest-rated of all the GoT episodes owing to the massive number of reviews it received compared to the rest of the 100% episodes.


THE “ON-BOOK” SEASONS SCORE HIGHER THAN THE “OFF-BOOK” SEASONS

Game of Thrones: Episode 62 (season 7, episode 2), debut 7/23/17: John Bradley, Jim Broadbent. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

An explanation for the show’s Tomatometer dip in seasons 6, 7, and 8 can be partly attributed to the show going “off-book.” By the end of season 5, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss couldn’t rely on writer George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire source material any longer. They forged a new path, and the results were still super Fresh — at first. The 86% Tomatometer average for the episodes featured in seasons 6-8 is very good, but when compared to the 95% average for seasons 1-5 it starts looking like the Dothraki army after battling the Night King.


ONLY FOUR EPISODES TOTAL ARE ROTTEN

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in season 8, episode 5 of Game of Thrones, "The Bells" (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

With season 8 receiving uncharacteristically low Tomatometer scores, it might be easy to forget how stellar the show has been for 8 seasons. The majority of episodes — 69 of 73, or 94.5 percent — have Fresh scores. As for the four Rotten episodes, the first came in season 5 “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (54%), featuring the controversial wedding and rape scene between Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton. The other three are season 8’s “The Last of the Starks” (58%), “The Bells” (47%), and “The Iron Throne” (57%).


CRITICS AREN’T BIG FANS OF DAENERYS AND HER DRAGONS DYING

Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones (HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Critics loved when Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons were born during the 100% Tomatometer rated season 1 finale, “Fire and Blood”; however, critics weren’t as hot (pun intended) for the four episodes featuring them getting killed (or killed again). Season 7’s “Beyond the Wall” (84%) and season 8’s “The Long Night” (75%) and “The Last of the Starks” (58%) killed off Rhaegal and Viserion, respectively (twice for Viserion). The series finale, “The Iron Throne” (55%), featured the death of their mother. The result for all four episodes is a 68% Tomatometer average, which is well below the 92% overall Tomatometer score for the 73 episodes.

Quick Tomatometer Fact: Episodes featuring a direwolf being killed have a 96.25% Tomatometer average. We still strongly dislike the Freys for killing Grey Wind, though.


CRITICS LOVE BIG WEDDINGS, BUT THE LANNISTERS AND STARKS PROBABLY DON’T

Game of Thrones season 4, episode 2 Tommen, Tyrion, Joffrey, Sansa (HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

The five GoT episodes featuring very expensive weddings that take place in front of large crowds have 100% Tomatometer scores. Episodes including “The Rains of Castamere” (season 3, episode 9), “The Lion and the Rose” (season 4, episode 2), and “Winter Is Coming” (season 1, episode 1) go BIG with their weddings and occasionally end horribly for beloved (or hated) characters. All of these episodes have 100% scores, and have provided some of the most murderous moments (the Red Wedding), awkward moments (Tyrion and Sansa), and violent moments (Joffrey being poisoned at The Purple Wedding) of the series.

Quick Tomatometer Fact: The GoT episodes featuring smaller weddings have an 84% Tomatometer average.


LESS DEATH IS BETTER, ACCORDING TO THE TOMATOMETER

Game of Thrones Season 7 (2017): Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

It turns out that more is less when it comes to death in the GoT world. The 53 episodes featuring fewer than 25 people dying have a Tomatometer average of 93.2%, whereas the 19 deadly episodes (more than 25 kills) have an 89.2% average. While several episodes featuring mass mayhem like “Hardhome” (season 5, episode 8), “The Battle of the Bastards” (season 6, episode 9), and “Blackwater”’ (season 2, episode 9) are excellent, they are outweighed by less deadly episodes, such as the No. 2 ranked “Mockingbird” (season 4, episode 7), that don’t relish in killing too many of our favorite (or least favorite) characters.

Quick Tomatometer Facts:

  • Episodes featuring night battles (four episodes averaging 91.25%) > Episodes featuring daytime battles (seven episodes averaging 85.8%)
  • Episodes featuring shorter battles (six episodes averaging 92%) > Episodes featuring episode long battles (five episodes averaging 82.8%)
  • Episodes featuring a Stark being killed (four episodes averaging 95.5%) > Episodes featuring a Lannister(s) being killed (six episodes averaging 89.3%)

ALEX GRAVES HAS THE HIGHEST TOMATOMETER AVERAGE FOR A DIRECTOR OF AT LEAST 5 EPISODES

The Hound and Arya in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

The Tomatometer average for the six episodes that Alex Graves directed is a fantastic 98.3%. Highlighted by “The Lion and the Rose” and “And Now His Watch Has Ended” (season 3, episode 4), these episodes featured classic GoT moments such as the Viper vs. The Mountain battle (season 4, episode 8) and Tywin Lannister’s death at the hands of Tyrion (season 4, episode 10). Graves’ confident direction during seasons 3 and 4 helped the show reach next-level popularity, and it’s hard to believe that his lowest-rated episode was the 96% “Breaker of Chains” (season 4, episode 3).

Quick Tomatometer Fact: Tim Van Patten has a 100% Tomatometer average for the two episodes he directed, “Winter is Coming” (season 1, episode 1) and “The Kingsroad” (season 1, episode 2), which helped establish the tone and look of the entire series.


GEORGE R.R. MARTIN HAS THE HIGHEST TOMATOMETER AVERAGE FOR A WRITER OF AT LEAST 4 EPISODES

Kit Harington. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Starting with season 1’s “The Pointy End” (100%) and ending with season 4’s “The Lion and the Rose” (100%), Martin’s four GoT scripts have a 94.25% Tomatometer average. The excellent 94.25% average puts him ahead of fellow four-plus episode writers Dave Hill (92.5% for 4 episodes),  Benioff and Weiss (91.8% for 47 episodes), and Bryan Cogman (91% for 11 episodes). It’s impressive that three of Martin’s four episodes have 100% Tomatometer scores, and his script for the battle-heavy “Blackwater” set up some of the greatest carnage ever seen on screen.

Quick Tomatometer Fact: We’re not the only ones who wish female writers Vanessa Taylor (95% for three episodes) and Jane Espenson (100% for her single episode) wrote more.

Have any good GoT stats to share? Let us know about your favorite episodes in the comments!

Game of Thrones characters (HBO)

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When you play the game of villainy, you win or you die – a long and gruesome death usually. We gave you the chance to choose the worst of the worst characters from the seven seasons of Game of Thrones so far in our villain bracket.

The final votes are in, and Ramsay Bolton has won the final a–hole battle! Anyone surprised by that outcome? The final tally in the contest of the “ROYAL DICK vs. THE BOLTON BASTARD”:

3.4K voted
King Joffrey Baratheon – 1,219 (36.2%)
Ramsay Snow/Bolton – 2,149 (63.8%)

Even the Australian Red Cross has named him the worst Game of Thrones war criminal, based on his 17 violations of the international humanitarian laws (IHL) laid out in the Geneva Conventions. His crimes:

  • Torture, cruel or inhuman treatment (x 6)
  • Perfidy (x 4)
  • Taking hostages
  • Wilful killing of those who are hors de combat, such as injured soldiers or prisoners (x 2)
  • Use of means or methods of warfare that inflict superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering
  • Sexual violence, including rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution and enforced pregnancy (x 2)
  • Making civilians not taking direct part in hostilities the object of attack

(The other characters making the top 5 of the Red Cross war criminal list include: Daenerys Targaryen (15), Roose Bolton (8), and, tied at fourth, Jon Snow, The Night King, and the Sons of the Harpy of Mereen, while Euron Greyjoy and Walder Frey tied for fifth place with five violations each.)

Congrats to actor Iwan Rheon for giving us a villain for the ages! Rheon can currently be seen as Mick Mars in Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt on Netflix.

Previous results: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4


How it works

Voting for each round began at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on each day:

  • Tuesday, April 9 – vote in the Round 1 matches. (Closed)
  • Wednesday, April 10 – find out who won the Round 1 matches, and vote in Round 2.(Closed)
  • Thursday, April 11 – find out who won the Round 2 matches, and vote in Round 3.(Closed)
  • Friday, April 12 – find out who won the Round 3 matches, and vote in Round 4.(Closed)
  • Saturday, April 13 – find out who won the Round 4 matches, and vote for the winner in the final round.Closed)
  • Sunday, April 14 – find out who wins the Battle of the A**holes.

In 2011, HBO’s Game of Thrones, the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire book series, was unleashed upon the seven continents with the 100% Tomatometer-rated episode “Winter Is Coming.” This episode was written by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff and directed by HBO vet Tim Van Patten, who set the chessboard for subsequent seasons as they introduced dozens of characters who would eventually be battling ice zombies, traveling between continents, and taking part in some horrifying weddings.

In the world of Game of Thrones, there is a thin line between characters being good and bad. The same can be said for the current 67 episodes: 66 of them are Fresh, 21 have 100% Tomatometer scores, and the rest mostly fall into the 90-100% Tomatometer range. With the overall 67-episode average at 94.2%, we wanted to know what factors contribute to making an episode truly rōvēgrie (High Valyrian for “great”) at 95% or more — as opposed to just really, really good.

In an effort to figure out what makes up the best possible episode of GoT, we channeled our inner Maester and consulted our local Three-Eyed Raven to guide us through our research, and now that our watch has ended, we’ve identified some patterns and trends that are important to crafting the perfect episode.

Read on, but beware: Spoilers will be flowing like wine at a party thrown by Tyrion Lannister.


Season 1 Is the Best

Game of Thrones Season 7 (2017): Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Season 1 averages a 98.1% score on the Tomatometer, making it the highest-scoring season. It’s followed by season 4 (97%), season 2 (96.7%), season 3 (93.2%), season 6 (92.6%), season 7 (91.6%) and season 5 (90.1%). Season 7 is also the only season without a 100%-rated episode.


Fourth Episodes Have the Highest Critical Rating

Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones season 7, episode 6 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Four is the lucky number in the GoT world, with fourth episodes averaging a 98.4% Tomatometer score. Three of the seven fourth episodes to date have 100% Tomatometer scores, with season 2’s “Garden of Bones” (96%), season 4’s “Oathkeeper” (98%), season 5’s “Sons of the Harpy” (98%), and season 7’s “The Spoils of War” (97%) coming close. We noticed while reading the fourth-episode reviews on Rotten Tomatoes that the following phrases appeared frequently: “cruising along,” “things are picking up speed again,” and “this episode moved the plot forward more than the previous three combined,” suggesting that critics must appreciate the pacing of these episodes, which may be one explanation why fourth episodes have the highest Tomatometer average.

It’s worth noting that the only episode of seasons 6 and 7 to receive a 100% Tomatometer score is “Book of the Stranger” (season 6, episode 4). The episode was hailed as “Game of Thrones at its best” because it “got down to business” and featured Daenerys walking through fire and emerging naked, with hair and flesh perfectly untouched by the flame. The character similarly survived a massive fire in the 100%-rated season 1 finale, “Fire and Blood,” as well — with dragons no less.

Which grouping of episodes have the lowest Tomatometer average? The average for sixth episodes is 86.4%, which, in the GoT world, is considered almost Rotten.


Massive Battles Are Great (As Long as Major Characters Win — Or Lose, but Still Live)

Game of Thrones season 5 episode 8 - Hardhome (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

In anticipation of the epic battles involving zombie dragons and massive armies that will surely occur in season 8, we looked at the highest rated battle episodes from prior seasons.

“Blackwater” (100%; season 2, episode 9), “The Rains of Castamere” (100%; season 3, episode 9), and “Hardhome” (100%; season 5, episode 8) are perfect examples of episodes delivering massive battles that feature supposed heroes losing and major characters surviving to fight another day. In true GoT style, many supporting characters are slaughtered (R.I.P., Karsi). But despite losing the battle, characters like Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister are kept on the chessboard to fight another day.

In the show’s other battle-heavy episodes — including “The Watchers on the Wall” (91%; season 4, episode 9), “The Dance of Dragons” (89%; season 5, episode 9), “Battle of the Bastards” (98%; season 6, episode 9), “Stormborn” (98%; season 7, episode 2), and “The Spoils of War” (96%; season 7, episode 4) — the “hero” was victorious and secondary characters (Ygritte, Rickon Stark, a couple of Sand Snakes) were killed.

There is, of course, an exception to the rule: dragons.

Season 3’s fourth episode “And Now His Watch Has Ended” was the first in which the dragons took part in the fight — in this case, with the Unsullied against their former masters. Daenerys won the day, and the episode scored 100%. Similarly, season 7’s fourth episode, “The Spoils of War,” in which Daenerys took Drogon out to meet the Lannister army, scored a very high 97%. But in the same season’s sixth episode, “Beyond the Wall” (82%; season 7, episode 6), the Night King killed Viserion, and the episode scored an 84% — he was resurrected(ish), but dead and mobile is still mostly dead. It was a Night King victory.

It’s worth noting that director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed both “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” will be back to direct two episodes of season 8. For the sake of the Tomatometer score, the major characters will survive any new battle scenes (even if they lose) and there are no more dragon deaths!


Related: “Everything We Know About Game of Thrones Season 8


What Is the Ideal Number of Locations?

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones season 6 episode 4 (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Each episode of GoT features an average of five locations, and it’s interesting to note that GoT is at its best when episodes are either scaled back to one or two locations — including “Blackwater,” “The Watchers on the Wall,” and “Battle of the Bastards,” averaging 97.3% — or spread to seven or more locations — like the excellent “The Pointy End” (100%; season 1, episode 8) or “Book of the Stranger” (100%; season 6, episode 4), averaging 94.4%. This is good news for season 8, which will bring dozens of characters from many locations together so they can battle the Night King (and his growing horde of undead warriors). We’re thinking the first few episodes will take place all over the Seven Kingdoms until the final showdown, which should take place on a massive centralized battlefield. Or a massive showdown will occur in the first few episodes, and the survivors will then fight skirmishes all over Westeros in the final episodes as wights overrun castle after castle and the Night King heads to King’s Landing to teach Cersei some manners. This is Game of Thrones — anything can happen.


Massive Weddings = 100% Tomatometer Scores

Game of Thrones Joffrey (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

Five of seven GoT episodes featuring important weddings have 100% Tomatometer scores. What do these episodes have in common? They feature very expensive weddings that take place in front of large crowds. Episodes like “The Rains of Castamere,” “The Lion and the Rose” (season 4, episode 2), and “Winter Is Coming” (season 1, episode 1) go BIG with their weddings that end horribly for some.

“Valar Morghulis” (91%; season 2, episode 10) and “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (55%, season 5, episode 6) feature low-key weddings. In fact, the latter is the lowest-scoring GoT episode, largely due, it seems, to Ramsay Bolton’s deplorable acts after his wedding to Sansa Stark.

Tip: Big weddings are more popular with critics. Keep the slaughter and violence broad and relatively impersonal.


The Longer the Episode, the Higher the Tomatometer Average

Game of Thrones - season 7 - Kit Harington as Jon Snow (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Only 12 episodes in the series have running times of 60 minutes or more, but they have a very Fresh 95% average. That’s slightly higher than the 94.1% average of the shorter episodes that don’t cross the one-hour mark. Four of the six GoT season 8 episodes have running times of more than an hour — and they’re all a super-sized 78 minutes or more. Only two previous episodes (season 7’s “Beyond the Wall” and “The Dragon and the Wolf”) have gone beyond the 75-minute mark, and the results are an 85.5% average Tomatometer score — which is almost Rotten by GoT standards. The rest of the episodes average 95%.

Fortunately, four of season 8’s six episodes will be longer than 60 minutes.


The Writer With the Highest Average Might Surprise You

Michiel Huisman, Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones season 6 episode 6. photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO

(Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Showrunners Weiss and Benioff wrote 46 of the 67 episodes together, and have a 94.8% Tomatometer average. The writers who contributed to the other 21 episodes include Bryan Cogman (10 episodes), George R.R. Martin himself (four episodes), Vanessa Taylor (three episodes), Dave Hill (three episodes), and Jane Espenson (one episode, written alongside Weiss and Benioff). While Espenson’s single episode earned a 100%, the others average around the same: Taylor at 95%, Hill at 94.3%, Martin at 95%, and Cogman at 93.8%. (It’s worth noting that without the season 5 outlier “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” however, Cogman’s average for his remaining nine episodes would be the second-highest at 97.4% after Espenson’s single entry.)

Taylor went on to write the screenplay for the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, and Espenson became the co-executive producer on Once Upon a Time. Martin, of course, continues to frustrate rabid fans demanding his next book. He’s also collaborating on the show’s prequel series, starring Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, and more.


Related: “Everything We Know About HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel


With Directors, the First Is the Best

Game of Thrones. (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

Only one of the 19 directors who have tackled GoT episodes so far has averaged 100% — that’s Tim Van Patten, who helmed the first two installments of the first season. The veteran TV director (The Sopranos, The Wire, Black Mirror, and plenty more prestige series) was brought in to reshoot the disastrous pilot episode that was a deemed a “MASSIVE PROBLEM.” Van Patten helped pull off the “biggest rescue in Hollywood history” by smoothing many of the rough edges and successfully introducing the characters and world to the audience. Under his supervision “Winter Is Coming” and “The Kingsroad” laid a perfect foundation for the show to grow.

The other top directors include Alex Graves (six episodes, 98.8%), Daniel Minahan (five episodes, 97.2%), David Nutter (six episodes, 96.5%), David Petrarca (two episodes, 96%), and Miguel Sapochnik (four episodes, 96%). Director Alan Taylor, who has directed the most Game of Thrones episodes, shares the distinction of having directed four episodes with 100% Tomatometer scores, along with Graves. (Taylor’s “Beyond the Wall,” while still high at 82%, brought down his average to 94.4% — which is like complaining that your New York City penthouse apartment on Central Park sucks because its floor-to-ceiling windows only wrap around three sides of the building.)

Nutter, Sapochnik, and Benioff and Weiss are directing the final six episodes of season 8. With four 100% episodes between them, they should certainly be able to find a way for GoT to go out on top with a 95% or above finale.


Tyrion Lannister Drinks, Knows Things, and Plays an Integral Part in the 100% Tomatometer Rated Episodes


Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is the go-to guy for 100% episodes because he’s appeared in 21 of the 22 perfect episodes and played a major part in the sections mentioned above. He was heavily featured in director Tim Van Patten’s two 100% episodes and in each of the fourth episodes with 100% scores. He also played an integral part in the two 100% Tomatometer episodes written by George R.R. Martin that feature battles (“Blackwater”) and very expensive weddings (“The Lion and the Rose”). What makes Tyrion the MVP are his appearances in “Blackwater” and “Battle of the Bastards.” They are highest-rated episodes that take place in only one or two locations (a very good thing). Basically, you want Tyrion appearing in any episode for any reason.

Nudity, Major Deaths, Pie, Direwolves and Cameos

After sorting through all the GoT episodes, we learned there are several side elements that make positive Tomatometer contributions to the series. The episodes featuring pie consumption (99.1%), famous musician cameos (97.1%), Stark or Lannister death at a wedding (100%), or a direwolf being killed onscreen (99% – Summer in “The Door” and Grey Wind in “The Rains of Castamere”) have great Tomatometer averages. However, we did learn that certain favorite GoT elements or characters don’t move the Tomatometer needle; for instance, episodes featuring main or recurring characters getting naked (93.7%) or being killed (94.4%) don’t have the best Tomatometer averages comparatively.

Appearances of the Night King also trend lower at 93.4%. Only two episodes have a 100% score, revealing that it’s actually best to feature him during a battle episode (“Hardhome”) or a wedding episode (“The Lion and the Rose”).


How to Build a Perfect 100% Fresh Game of Thrones Episode

Game of Thrones season 4, episode 2 Tommen, Tyrion, Joffrey, Sansa (HBO)

Based on the statistics and observations above, we’ve come up with an equation that adds up to a perfect Game of Thrones episode:

Make it 61-62 minutes long + air it as the fourth episode + hire Tim Van Patten to direct it + include a major battle or fight in which the heroes suffer major losses + tack on a very expensive wedding + make sure George R.R. Martin writes the script + include Tyrion Lannister + limit the story to one or two locations + kill a direwolf + eat a pie = 100% Fresh Tomatometer score.


Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.


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This month’s baker’s dozen of televisual offerings boasts timely, social-conscious comedies and dramas; a pair of reboots of beloved classics; several superhero (and otherwise witchily powered) protagonists; and one of the most engrossing and original cat-and-mouse thrillers of the new millennium. Buckle up, because April’s going to keep you busy!


The Twilight Zone 67% (CBS All Access)

What it is: A reboot of creator Rod Sterling’s eerie and prescient anthological classic from 1959, now hosted and produced by modern master of horror Jordan Peele (an Oscar winner for Get Out and record-breaker for Us)? All we can say is: Sign us up.

Why you should watch it: When it comes to horror series that episodically tackle various social and political matters through a sci-fi and technology-driven lens, Netflix’s Black Mirror has been the buzzy new kid on the block for four seasons strong. But there’s still nothing like the taste of an original, and with Peele at the helm, this Twilight Zone is in more than capable hands. Catch up on the original series then tune in to season 1 of this reboot, which streams on CBS All Access April 1.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the original first five seasons)


The Last O.G.  (TBS)

What it is: The Last O.G. is a laugh-out-loud comedy series with something to say. Following ex-con Tray (Tracy Morgan) as he readjusts to life in a gentrified Brooklyn after 15 years behind bars, the half-hour is ripe for fish-out-of-water gags while also portraying social matters of the day.

Why you should watch it: Is Jordan Peele taking over the world? Apparently — because he’s also got credits this month as the co-creator of this acclaimed comedy series on TBS. Starring a never-better Morgan and Girls Trip breakout-turned-bonafide star Tiffany Haddish as his estranged ex, there’s no reason why the very funny Last O.G. shouldn’t make your binge list this month. Season 2 premieres April 2 on TBS.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 3.5 hours (for the first season)


Brockmire 98% (IFC)

What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Then one day, 10 years later, he decides to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.

Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in the first two seasons is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 3 premieres April 3.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 6.5 hours (for the first two seasons)


Cloak and Dagger 87% (Freeform)

What it is: Marvel is at its best when highlighting young heroes who are in over their head while learning the gifts and limits to their newfound superpowers. Cloak & Dagger comes with the twist that Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson’s powers — emitting light and engulfing in darkness, respectively — are the yin to the other’s yang, inexplicably connected and best when joined together. Their vastly different backgrounds make them unlikely partners, as do their growing feelings for one another.

Why you should watch it: The chemistry between leads Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) is the kind of urgent magnetism you can’t look away from — which makes a season 1 binge of this teen-oriented action-drama series go down easy. See what all the buzz is about before season 2 premieres on Freeform April 4.  

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first season)


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 81% (Netflix)

What it is: Based on the beloved Archie comic and from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has a dark and spooky twist, charting the titular witch’s (Kiernan Shipka) coming of age as she’s forced to choose between human normalcy and her magic’s haunting lore.

Why you should watch it: Who says Halloween can’t come early? Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a hit out the gate last fall upon its debut, which was followed up by a Christmas special, satiating the appetites of Riverdale fans and the Melissa Joan Hart ’90s series alike. Lucky for you, even more chilling adventures await this month. Season 2 premieres April 5.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 11 hours (for the first season)


The Tick 95% (Amazon Prime)

What it is: Creator Ben Edlund brings beloved comic-book The Tick to Amazon Prime, where his titular hero (here played by Peter Serafinowicz) tries to save his city from the presumed-dead supervillain secretly pulling political strings in the underground: the Terror.

Why you should watch it: The Tick finds the perfect blend between superheroic, shoot-’em-up action and silly camp and comedy. Plus, the bromance between Serafinowicz’s hero and his unassuming sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman), is one for the books.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)


The Chi (Showtime)

What it is: You’ve never seen Chicago like this. Created by Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe, this Showtime series portrays the city’s South Side neighborhood as a tapestry of want and need, violence and love, and altogether human after our central four heroes (played by Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, and Alex R. Hibbert) are brought together in unexpected ways after one life- and community-altering event.

Why you should watch it: The Chi is an unflinching, authentic, and timely coming-of-age drama boasting some of the best actors and writers — well-known and otherwise — working today. While the series’ namesake city has become a talking point of good and bad on Capitol Hill, it offers a timely look at some of the social and justice issues being debated in that spotlight today while still being nuanced, character-driven entertainment. Season 2 premieres on Showtime April 7.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)


Killing Eve 89% (BBC America)

What it is: From the mind of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve is a female-driven cat-and-mouse espionage thriller between a globetrotting assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), and a MI5 security operative, the titular Eve (Sandra Oh).

Why you should watch it: There is something so effortlessly watchable and utterly likable about Oh, and the fact that Killing Eve gives her the opportunity to flex that charm (and brains and brawn and sensuality — the list goes on) as a top-billed leading lady is reason enough to watch. The fact that she’s met mark-for-mark by relative newcomer Comer is the reason you’ll stick around for the binge and want more when you’re done. Season 2 premieres on BBC America April 7.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)


Game of Thrones 89% (HBO)

What it is: This critical darling and fan-favorite fantasy series needs no introduction. Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones charts the rise and fall of families and kingdoms in the mythical Westeros as one after another fights for the Iron Throne.

Why you should watch it: Over the course of its seven seasons, Game of Thrones has tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, become Monday’s mandatory water-cooler conversation, and stirred national debate on what’s to come for its ensemble of beloved characters. Fan theories abound, so if you’re new to Westeros, stay away from Reddit until you’re all caught up. We promise it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss. Season 8 (its last) premieres on HBO April 14.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first seven seasons)


Bosch 97% (Amazon Prime)

What it is: Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, a steely, determined homicide detective keeping watch over the City of Angels in this Amazon Prime original series. Each season follows one major case and strikes the perfect balance between contemporary crime grit and smooth, yesteryear noir.

Why you should watch it: Bosch may be the best crime series you’ve never heard of. Change that! Co-creator Eric Ellis Overmyer is a seasoned vet of the genre, with roots planted firmly in the crime genre. Homicide: The Movie and Law & Order both earned him Emmy nominations in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He knows his way around the daily dramas of LAPD homicide and proves the perfect collaborator for the source material’s author, Michael Connelly. Season 5 premieres on Amazon Prime April 19.

Where to watch: Amazon

Commitment: About 30 hours (for the first four seasons)


Cobra Kai 93% (YouTube Premium)

What it is: Cobra Kai charts the re-opening of The Karate Kid’s infamous Cobra Kai dojo from none other than Johnny Lawrence himself. It makes for a modern-day twist on the classic 1980s film franchise.

Why you should watch it: It’s 2018, and nostalgia is the name of the game. Luckily, Cobra Kai, from creator Robert Mark Kamen, has it in spades. Featuring committed performances from Karate Kid original players Ralph Macchio as Daniel and William Zabka as Johnny, this reboot feels as comfortable and entertaining as ever, and it’s further brought to life by an ensemble of young actors finding their own footing in the discipline of karate. Season 2 premieres on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) April 24.

Where to watch it: YouTube Premium

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)


The 100 93% (The CW)

What it is: Here’s another intelligent, original take on the post-nuclear apocalypse from Jason Rothenberg for the CW. Set 97 years after nuclear war wiped out humanity, the mere thousands remaining survived by escaping on an ark-like spaceship that remained within Earth’s orbit. The twisty caveat? The series’ title represents the 100 juvenile prisoners who, against their will, are forced out of the Ark and back to Earth to learn if it’s habitable. To their surprise, it turns out that some humans lived through the nuclear war from the century prior — and not all of them are ready to befriend the young visitors.

Why you should watch it: As is the case with much of the CW’s slate of programming, The 100 is led by an impressive ensemble of young, breakout actors who are made all the more impressive by their series’ meatier material. Plus with an air-tight concept as its foundation, there’s a reason we’ve been coming back for five seasons now. Season 6 premieres April 30.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Netflix, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 50 hours (for the first five seasons)

Thumbnail photo credits: Game of Thrones by Helen Sloane/HBO; Cobra Kai for YouTube Premium; Killing Eve for BBC AMERICA/Sid Gentle Films Ltd.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced the Film and Television Winners for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards. Top honors went to Get Out for film, and The Handmaid’s Tale for television. Read through for the full list of winners for Film, TV, new media, radio and promotional writing. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay


Documentary Screenplay


DRAMA SERIES


COMEDY SERIES


NEW SERIES


LONG FORM ORIGINAL


LONG FORM ADAPTED


ANIMATION

“Brunchsquatch”

Bob's Burgers

“A Father’s Watch”

The Simpsons
85%

“Ruthie”

BoJack Horseman
93%

“The Serfsons”

The Simpsons
85%

“Time’s Arrow”

BoJack Horseman
93%

EPISODIC DRAMA

“The Book of Nora”

The Leftovers
91%

“Chicanery”

Better Call Saul
98%

“The Heart Attack is the Best Way”

Good Behavior
78%

“Homecoming”

The OA
84%

“Slip”

Better Call Saul
98%

“The Soviet Division”

The Americans
96%

EPISODIC COMEDY

“The Burglary”

Grace and Frankie
88%

“Intervention”

The Carmichael Show
87%

“Judge”

Veep
93%

“Rosario’s Quinceanera”

Will & Grace

“The Verdict””

Trial & Error
88%

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES


COMEDY / VARIETY – SKETCH SERIES


COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

  • 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS
  • 89th Annual Academy Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Jon Macks; Special Material Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo; ABC
  • AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, Written by Bob Gazzale, Jon Macks; TNT
  • Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy, Valentine’s Day Special, Written by Scott Aukerman, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Joe Saunders, Akiva Schaffer; Additional Material Written by Zach Kanin, Claudia O’Doherty, Tim Robinson; Netflix
  • Nathan For You: A Celebration, Written by Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

  • Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
  • Jeopardy!, Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA

  • General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC
  • Days of Our Lives, Writers: Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

  • “American Girl – Ivy & Julie” (American Girl), Written by May Chan; Amazon
  • “American Girl – Knowledge is Power” (American Girl), Teleplay by Alison McDonald, Story by Alison McDonald and Caron Tschampion; Amazon
  • “Just Add 1965” (Just Add Magic), Written by Lauren Thompson; Amazon
  • “Meet Julia” (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro; HBO
  • “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special,” Written by Raye Lankford, Jessica Carleton, Ken Scarborough; HBO

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

  • “Confronting ISIS” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS
  • “Poverty, Politics and Profit” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS
  • “Unseen Enemy,” Written by Janet Tobias; CNN

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

    • “Divided States of America” Part One (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS
    • “Rachel Carson” (American Experience), Written and Directed by Michelle Ferrari; PBS
    • “The Great War” Part II (American Experience), Written by Stephen Ives; PBS
    • “The Great War” Part III (American Experience), Written by Rob Rapley; PBS
    • “The Vietnam War,” Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart,” Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

      • “Obama Wiretap Allegations” (World News Tonight with David Muir), Mark Berman, Barbara Rick, Tom Llamas; ABC News
      • “September 29, 2017” (World News Now), Written by Matt Nelko, Jack Sheahan, Debbie Humes, Carla Brittain, Constance Johnson, Lloyd deVries, Craig Morancie; ABC News
      • “White Helmets” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat; CBS News

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ADAPTED

      • “John Hancock” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver
      • “Chapter 2” (The Walking Dead: Red Machete), Written by Nick Bernardone
      • “Justicia” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot), Written by Mark Leitner
      • “Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

      • “2016 Year in Review,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
      • “Castro, Cuba & Communism,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella; CBS News Radio
      • “CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
      • “Remembering Princess Diana 20 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

          • “Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
          • “World News This Week November 18, 2016,” Written by Joan B. Harris; ABC News Radio
          • “World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

      • “Chuck Berry,” Written by Jerry Edling; CBS News Radio/KNX
      • “Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS
      • “Holiday Stories,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
      • “One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)

        • “CBS Comedy,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television
        • “The Good Fight,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotions

The Directors Guild of America announced the Film and Television winners for the 2018 Directors Guild Awards. Read through for the full list of below. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Film | Television


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water
92%

Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird
99%

Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk
92%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

Geremy Jasper

Patti Cake$
85%

William Oldroyd

Lady Macbeth
88%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

Taylor Sheridan

Wind River
87%

Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game
82%

Film | Television

The Directors Guild of America announced their Film and Television nominations for the 2018 Directors Guild Awards. Read through for the full list of nominees below. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Film | Television


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water
92%

Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird
99%

Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk
92%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

Geremy Jasper

Patti Cake$
85%

William Oldroyd

Lady Macbeth
88%

Jordan Peele

Get Out
98%

Taylor Sheridan

Wind River
87%

Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game
82%

Film | Television

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced the Film and Television Nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards. Read through for the full list of nominees for Film, TV, new media, radio and promotional writing. You can find the complete schedule of awards dates for this season here.


Film | Television | More


Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay


Documentary Screenplay


Film | Television | More

How does the 95% Tomatometer score for Game of Thrones’ season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” compare to the rest of the series?  Find out in our infographic tracking the Tomatometer score of every episode from seasons 1–6.

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Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

With season 7 upon us, we asked 1,087 fans of the HBO fantasy series what their favorite parts of the first six were. Note: Spoilers ahead.

HAVE YOU READ AUTHOR
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S BOOKS
THAT THE SERIES IS BASED ON?

19% Yes, all of them
10% Some of them
8% One of them
62% No, I haven’t read them

FAVORITE SEASON
30% – Six
Cersei blows up the Great Sept
Sansa kills Ramsay Bolton

LEAST FAVORITE SEASON
28% – Five
Jon Snow dies

MOST SHOCKING DEATH
25% Eddard “Ned” Stark (Season 1)
18% Jon Snow (Season 5)
14% Robb Stark (Season 3)
11% Hodor (Season 6)
5% Catelyn Stark (Season 3)
5% Oberyn Martell (Season 4)
4% Shireen Baratheon (Season 5)
2% Tommen Baratheon (Season 6)
2% Margaery Tyrell (Season 6)
2% Talisa Stark (Season 3)

MOST SATISFYING DEATH

44% Joffrey Baratheon (Season 4)
35% Ramsay Bolton (Season 6)
3% Tywin Lannister (Season 4)
3% Walder Frey (Season 6)
3% The High Sparrow (Season 6)
2% Viserys Targaryen (Season 1)
1% Roose Bolton (Season 6)

SADDEST DEATH

35% Hodor (Season 6)
14% Ned Stark (Season 1)
9% Jon Snow (Season 5)
9% Shireen Baratheon (Season 5)
7% Robb Stark (Season 3)
6% Catelyn Stark (Season 3)
4% Khal Drogo (Season 1)
4% Ygritte (Season 4)

GREATEST HERO
33% Jon Snow
17% Daenerys Targaryen
10% Arya Stark
9% Tyrion Lannister
6% Hodor
6% Eddard “Ned” Stark
5% Brienne Tarth
2% Sansa Stark

TOP VILLAIN
41% Cersei Lannister
22% Ramsay Bolton
16% Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
7% Joffrey Baratheon
2% Tywin Lannister
1% The High Sparrow
1% Walder Frey
1% Roose Bolton
1% Stannis Baratheon
1% The Mountain
1% Tyrion Lannister
1% The Man with No Name

FAVORITE ALLIANCE
44% Daenerys Targaryen & Tyrion Lannister
13% Jaime Lannister & Brienne Tarth
10% Arya Stark & The Hound
9% Jon Snow & The Wildings
6% Jon Snow & Samwell Tarly
4% Arya Stark & the Man With No Name
4% Tyrion Lannister & Varys
3% Daenerys Targaryen & Yara and Theon Greyjoy
2% Jaime Lannister & Bronn
1% Daenerys Targaryen & Jorah Mormont
1% Daenerys Targaryen & Daario Naharis
1% Petyr ‘LittleFinger’ Baelish & Olenna Tyrell

FAVORITE CHARACTER
28% Tyrion Lannister
19% Daenerys Targaryen
17% Jon Snow
14% Arya Stark
2% Sansa Stark
2% The Hound
2% Jamie Lannister

BEST PLOT TWIST

29% The Red Wedding: Murders of Catelyn, Robb, and Talisa Stark (Season 3)
13% Ned Stark beheaded (Season 1)
10% Bran Stark learns meaning of “Hodor” (Season 6)
9% Cersei Lannister blows up the Great Sept (Season 6)
8% Jon Snow dies (Season 5)

WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE TAKE THE IRON THRONE?

45% Daenerys Targaryen
29% Jon Snow
11% Tyrion Lannister

The Writers Guild of America held their annual awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, Febrary 19, celebrating the best writing accomplishments of the year across film, television, radio, and new media. Oscar frontrunner Moonlight earned the award for Original Screenplay, while sci-fi drama Arrival took home the trophy for Adapted Screenplay. In television, FX’s The Americans beat Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to win the Drama Series category, while the same network’s Atlanta took home a pair of awards for Comedy Series and New Series. Read on for all the winners.


Film | Television | More


Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay

Documentary Screenplay


Film | Television | More

The 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards were celebrated tonight at the Beverly Hilton in California. The Jungle Book took home five awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. On the TV side, Games of Thrones was the big winner, with five trophies. Read through for the full list of winners.


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature


Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode


Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Dishonored 2; Crack in the Slab
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Virtual Reality
  • Gears of War 4
  • Quantum Break
  • Uncharted 4

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

  • Coke Mini; A Mini Marvel
  • For Honor
  • John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
  • Titanfall 2; Become One
  • Waitrose; Coming Home

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

  • Dream of Anhui
  • Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure
  • Soarin’ Over the Horizon
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature


Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature


Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature


Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project


Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial

  • John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
  • Opel Motorsport; Racing Faces; Lion
  • SSE; Neon House; Baby Pixel
  • Waitrose; Coming Home

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project


Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project


Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project


Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project


Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature


Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature


Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode


Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature


Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

  • Canal; Kitchen
  • John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
  • Kenzo; Kenzo World
  • LG; World of Play
  • Waitrose; Coming Home

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

  • Breaking Point
  • Elemental
  • Garden Party
  • Shine

The Screen Actors Guild held their annual awards celebration on January 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, honoring the best performers in front of the camera in Film and Television. The cast of Manchester by the Sea lead the movie categories with four nominations, but failed to nab a trophy, while both leads in Fences — Denzel Washington and Viola Davis — received awards in their respective categories. On the TV side, Netflix’s new series The Crown netted a surprising double win for best acting in a drama series, with John Lithgow and Claire Foy taking home trophies. Read on for the full list of winners.


MOVIES


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture


Casey Affleck

Manchester by the Sea


Andrew Garfield

Hacksaw Ridge


Ryan Gosling

La La Land


Viggo Mortensen

Captain Fantastic


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture


Amy Adams

Arrival


Emily Blunt

The Girl on the Train


Emma Stone

La La Land


Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


Jeff Bridges

Hell or High Water


Hugh Grant

Florence Foster Jenkins


Lucas Hedges

Manchester by the Sea


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


Naomie Harris

Moonlight


Octavia Spencer

Hidden Figures



Manchester by the Sea


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble


TELEVISION


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series


Riz Ahmed

The Night Of


Sterling K. Brown

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Bryan Cranston

All the Way


John Turturro

The Night Of



The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Television Movie or Miniseries


Felicity Huffman

American Crime


Audra McDonald

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill


Sarah Paulson

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Kerry Washington

Confirmation


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series


Tituss Burgess

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Ty Burrell

Modern Family


Jeffrey Tambor

Transparent


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series


Uzo Aduba

Orange Is the New Black


Jane Fonda

Grace and Frankie


Ellie Kemper

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Lily Tomlin

Grace and Frankie


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series


Peter Dinklage

Game of Thrones


John Lithgow

The Crown


Rami Malek

Mr. Robot


Kevin Spacey

House of Cards


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series


Millie Bobby Brown

Stranger Things


Claire Foy

The Crown


Winona Ryder

Stranger Things


Robin Wright

House of Cards


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series


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