But there still were some episodes that surged above the rest in their quality, resonance and overall effectiveness. Here are my picks for the best television episodes of 2013; you can read other Zap2it picks here, here, here, here and here.
'Game of Thrones' - 'The Rains of Castamere'
"Game of Thrones" was at its best in "The Rains of Castamere," which was the episode showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been building up to since signing on to create this epic fantasy series. More than just providing shock value, "The Rains of Castamere" was a necessary reminder to viewers that this isn't the average television show where the heroes always win. The deaths of Robb