Tyrion Goes to Trial on 'Game of Thrones'


One by one, a precession of betrayers would backstab the noble Tyrion as he stood trial on “Game of Thrones” for the assassination of his monstrous nephew. As Tyrion was maligned, Peter Dinklage got to once again dazzle in the role. As Tyrion rebuked his false accusers, Dinklage seethed with righteous anger, an emotional torrent of frustration, bitter sadness, and rage.

As the series’ premier actor, Peter Dinklage’s performance walked the balance of internal heartbreak and outward defiance. It was mesmerizing, and as any episode focused on Tyrion is, it was spellbinding.

The A-List Hits “The Blacklist” 

A spectacular season finale for a phenomenal freshman series. There were shocking deaths, revelations, and riveting performances. James Spader capped his genius year on the series with a subtle and emotional scene with the delightful Megan Boone.

As Red attempted to extricate himself from Liz’s paternal suspicions, it was the painful longing that James Spader expressed that hinted ever so slightly that Red was lying. It is moments like that that helped this show transcend a procedural and cement itself as a legitimate drama. 

Finale Fever on “Dancing with the Stars” 

Between Amy Purdy’s electrifying table routine and Candace Cameron Bure’s “Nasty” jazz number -- the dance floor was left sweltering from the heat of incredible performances. This season’s race for the mirror ball has been fun and exciting. 

Most Robust Debut = “Penny Dreadful”

“Penny Dreadful” had a strong premiere, that’s tension was slightly dampened with one too many dramatic pauses. Overshadowing that small problem is the exceedingly brilliant Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, two actors that could make reading a phonebook a compelling can’t-miss.

Provocation of Thought on “Fargo” 

While Molly continued her exhaustive investigation of the unassuming Lester. Gus Grimly was paid a visit by his neighbor, who shared a grizzly story about a man who gave up everything to help others, and the visual accompaniment left a searing impression. It was an extreme morality tale that drove its point across and offered an array of interpretations depending on a viewer's standpoint. 

“Reign” Reigns Supreme

A magnificent season of the Renaissance-era drama concluded with relationships hanging in the balance, ineffaceable character development, a surprising death, and lives left in mortal danger. Yes, excitement for the next season is palatable.

The Predictable “Vampire Diaries”

At least it was consistent, a not-so-great finale to shepherd off an underwhelming season. After the previous week’s last-minute twist offered an opportunity for the show to shake things up considerably, it relied on old habits to get out of it.

Death means nothing in “The Vampire Diaries.” There are no stakes anymore. The good news is the best teacher in Mystic Falls returned from the dead. “The Vampire Diaries” never bothers to tell how they still have a body to return to.

You Win Some, You Lose Everything on “Revenge” 

As the season closed down, the rivalry was reset as Victoria will likely take the crown of revenge seeker next season. As tiring as it has been to watch Emily dominate Victoria, it will be interesting to see the Queen of the Hamptons take her well-earned karmic vengeance upon Emily.

As the series bid adieu to its worst character (the loathsome Aiden), it put one of its best in mortal jeopardy. If they were to succumb to their injuries, it would be the worst misstep of the entire series. 

Conrad and his portrayer Henry Czerny bring incomparable class and entertainment to the series. As bad as “Revenge” can be, it has always had one thing going for it: Conrad and his dynamic with Victoria, courtesy of Czerny’s gloriously fiery chemistry with Madeline Stowe. Getting rid of half of the series’ biggest bright spot would not leave much light left.

Shot Through the Heart on “Arrow”

Since Mr. Sheffield told Fran that he loved her and then took it back on “The Nanny, " a love confession has been this cruel. Oliver’s convincing declaration of love for the endearing Felicy turns out to be a ploy to convince Slade to take her hostage.

It was a dastardly blow to a true heroine and those that thought the series had earned its first true shock of the season. As Felicity later probed the claim’s possible veracity, she was coldly shut down by an aloof Oliver. He has done some brutal things this season on “Arrow,” but this emotional bait-and-switch took the cake.