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‘Game Of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin Sounds Off On What He Considers To Be TV’s Perfect Episode

George R.R. Martin may not be cranking out the novels, but his blog is thriving.

In a recent entry, the Game of Thrones mastermind commented on a Vanity Fair roundup of what that publication deemed “25 Perfect TV Episodes from the Last 25 Years.” Martin was on the list for his self-penned GoT episode, Blackwater.

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“I have never claimed to be perfect… but if the good folks at VANITY FAIR want to say so, who I am to argue?,” he wrote on the blog.

“Of course, they are not actually saying I am perfect. They are talking about Blackwater, one of the episodes I wrote for GAME OF THRONES. (I scripted four. And yes, Blackwater is my own favorite of those, although I thought The Lion and the Rose turned out very well too, and I have a soft spot for that one).”

Martin admitted he hasn’t seen every TV episode on the Vanity Fair list. “But I have to say, the ones that I have watched were by and large extraordinary.”

Martin went on to give shout-outs to episodes from the Sopranos, Black Mirror, Mad Men, and the Wire, among others.

But there was one episode in particular that caught his eye.

“If I had to pick one episode that was even more perfect than all the others on the list, though, it would have to be the final episode of SIX FEET UNDER. I liked that series well enough, though I cannot say I loved it as much as I loved ROME or DEADWOOD or FARGO or a few other shows missing from the list, but that last episode was far and away the best finale in the entire history of television, and I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly do better.

“Anyway… I feel very pleased and flattered to be in such great company. No work of art is ever truly perfect, of course… but it is very gratifying to hear that maybe you achieved it, or at least came close… for some of your readers (or viewers)… once in a very great while. There is always a next time, though… and regardless of how well (or poorly) one of my tales is received, I always want to do better the next time I sit down in front of the computer.”

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