From an earlier post
Well, S02E10, the season finale of Penny Dreadful just aired, so we're past the season for both shows now and Penny Dreadful came out on top, nudged out the Game of Thrones, for the top spot in the list
, second only to Cosmos.
The above was from last night, after watching the finale. And today:
The Guardian: Disillusioned with Game of Thrones and True Detective? Try Penny Dreadful
the show progressed it started to build itself around the mysterious and tortured clairvoyant Vanessa Ives. Fueled by a visceral, intensely committed performance by Eva Green, Ives gradually comes to embody what Penny Dreadful is all about: outcasts learning to accept their suffering lot, embrace their darker, serpentine paths through life and eschew the normality they privately coveted. As a priest says at the end of the first season, being touched by a demon is “like being touched by the backhand of God”...
... Further, the quiet, understated scenes between John Clare and Vanessa in the catacombs of the cholera ward allow themes to blossom that few other shows would dare cultivate: God, salvation, theodicy, our responsibility to one another, those truly universal hopes of being accepted and being loved.
It’s especially in these moments, when characters are both vulnerable and direct, fragile and fiercely honest, facing up the why of human existence with near-Shakespearean poise that Penny Dreadful gains ground on the spectacular but vapid Game of Thrones.
And that was it for me as well, clinching the top spot in the list, the outstanding near-Shakespearean
script and its consummate delivery by the actors.
These are protagonists we might really come to care about. In other words, the kind Game of Thrones no longer deals in.