7. “Blackwater” on “Game of Thrones”
This hour was a mighty visual spectacle, and yet not alienating as so many visual spectacles can be. There was the traffic jam of armies on land and at sea, with explosions and a battering ram, and then there were close-up scenes of sword-fighting and hand combat. Most important, there were great character moments. To his own surprise, Tyrion emerges from his hedonism and cynicism to become an inspiring leader, telling his troops, “Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them.” Peter Dinklage is excellent, and so is Lena Headey as the drunken Cersei.