It has been a superb year for television shows and we have been thoroughly entertained by them. We have also said goodbye to some shows we wished would never end. Sons of Anarchy anyone? Among the shows that have given us a banner year there have been a few episodes that stand out among their sisters and brothers as being some of the best of the year. We thought it might be fun to go through some of our favorite episodes of 2014. Let’s see if you agree with our choices.
“Four Walls and a Roof” - The Walking Dead: It’s almost impossible to pick apart The Walking Dead in order to find the standout episodes because every episode seems to stand out however, in the first half of the 5th season we had an episode that blew our minds. Rick and his group faced off against Gareth and the surviving members of Terminus in a battle that ended with a lot of blood. In this episode we saw the rise of an unforgiving and badass Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a change that is surely going to repave the rest of the season.
“Home” - The Vampire Diaries: When a television series kills not only a main character but the show’s most popular character the world takes notice. This is exactly what happened on the season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries. In the finale Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), the most beloved character on the series, drove his car into a gas-filled Mystic Grille and blew himself up in order to kill the Travelers. It was all going to be okay though because Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) was going to use her magic to bring him back. At least that is what was what was supposed to happen. Instead the magic didn’t work and Damon was lost to the other side, thus killing everyone’s favorite vampire and leaving them to squirm until the show returned for it’s sixth season.
“The Last Supper” - Scandal: Okay, so it seems as though every episode of Scandal could qualify as being the best and well you’re probably right but we needed to pick just one, otherwise this would be a Scandal best of list. We believe that any episode where Rowan (Joe Morton) is allowed a monologue that ends with him taking out highly trained killers and driving off without a scratch, qualifies as one superb episode. Following the world’s most uncomfortable dinner with his daughter, Olivia (Kerry Washington) Rowan Pope assassinates the B-613 agents waiting in the wing to take him down and then calmly walks off to a black town car waiting for him. Thus leaving Olivia, Jake, Fitz and the world of Scandal fans stunned. Well done, Shondra, well done!
“Fan Fiction” - Supernatural: When the cult CW series, Supernatural, celebrated its 200th episode they released one of the show’s best episodes to date. In the episode, “Fan Fiction,” Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) investigate a haunted theatre only to find that the play is actually comprised of a bunch of Supernatural fan fiction. The episode is not only comedic and perfectly executed but it is a blatant tribute to the fans and the fanfiction world they have created within the Supernatural family, as they call it.
“The Climb” - Arrow: Oliver Queen has been taking on bad guys for three seasons now and he always seems to come out the victor, which makes fans of the hit CW series happy. However, in the winter finale of the comic book based series, the Arrow faces his toughest foe, Ra’s al Ghul in an epic showdown. Since the show centers around Oliver Queen/The Arrow fans expected the green hero to come out as the victor once again so you can imagine their shock when Ra’s Al Ghul ran Oliver through with a sword and then kicked him off a cliff. Excuse me did they seriously just kill off the show’s namesake? We’re going to have to wait until 2015 to find out.
“Spacewalker” - The 100: While we’re on the topic of epic winter finale’s we’d be remiss if we didn’t include The 100 on this list of the best episodes of 2014. Finn Collins hasn’t exactly been making himself out to be the good guy this season, from breaking Raven’s heart to killing innocent grounders in an attempt to find Clarke, he’s truly gone insane. However, in the winter finale we learn a lot more about Finn and as it turns out our initial instincts were correct, he is a good person who just went overboard to find the woman he loves. So this is good news right? If only. The Grounders want justice for their slain loved ones and that justice can only come with Finn’s death. Despite the Ark people’s attempt to save Finn from his torture-filled death sentence, while trying to make peace with the Grounders, they will not relent. In a merciful act, Clarke finally admits to Finn that she loves him too and does the unthinkable when she kills him as her people and the Grounders look on.