Boardwalk Empire V. Game of Thrones
So I just finished Game of Thrones season 2, and Boardwalk Empire finished it's third season a little over a month ago, and while I thought Game of Thrones was very solid, Boardwalk is the clear "best show on TV" IHMO.
In all honesty, the shows are pretty damn similar. Both require you to stretch your memory, both are constantly adding new characters(more so GOT), both are action/sex packed(more so GOT), both have their twists and turns in the story-line, and both have pretty awesome characters. The areas where I think Boardwalk separates itself is the dialogue, and a single strong main character. Nucky is theman. His mobster genius combined with his political correctness/acumen makes for awesome dialogue.
Nucky Thompson: Rest assured that dry though the country may be, I am in the midst of concluding arrangements that will keep Atlantic City wet as a mermaid's twat.
Mayor Harry Bacharach: Jeez, Nucky, you're fucking mermaids now?
Nucky Thompson: Every vote counts, Mr. Mayor.
In my estimation the best major characters from either show:
Nucky - Tyrion
Rothstein - Varys
Capone - Tywin
Chalky - Littlefinger
Van Alden - Jaime
I think Boardwalk's foundation is built on a small number of great characters, where as GOT is built on a large number of good characters.
I imagine I'm probably in the minority here. I can see why some might think BWE is boring, GOT has more action/nudity. GOT might have more style, but I think BWE more than compensates with substance.
What say you?
"Only the mediocre are always at their best."
- Jean Giraudoux