By D.G. McCabe
And we’re back! Not much movement this week plot-wise, since it was clearly an episode meant to set up more exciting episodes down the line. As a heads up, I also finished “A Storm of Swords” this weekend, so for the first time, I’ve read ahead of the show.
1. House Lannister (Last Week – #1)
The Lannister’s remain number one chiefly because there wasn’t a ton of progress in the plot this week, and nothing in particular happened to knock them down. While the Queen of Thorns may have temporarily bested Tywin Lannister in a game of “marriage roulette,” this represents a mere setback for Lord Tywin’s master plan. In addition, Jaime is finally free of his captors and heading back to King’s Landing.
2. House Targaryen (Last Week – #2)
What city with Daenerys sack next week? Stay tuned!
3. House Tyrell (Last Week – #5)
The Queen of Thorns put an end to House Tyrell being used as a pawn of Lord Tywin’s, for now at least. I would say this puts them back on track for now.
4. House Stark (Last Week – #4)
Sansa just had a bad day, although it appears for the time being that the river troll has let Robb off easy. Apparently Arya has “darkness in her soul” or some BS, but consider the source. Who the hell cares what the creepy Red Lady thinks? Nobody likes her.
5. The Free People (Last Week – #3)
They just lost a ton of people climbing that wall. Ygritte’s “conquest” or no, that’s a bad week.
6. The Brotherhood Without Banners (Last Week – #8)
It appears Thoros gained some sort of “street cred” in the eyes of his Red Sorcery peers. That’s gotta count for something.
7. House Greyjoy (Last Week – #6)
Sure they still control some territory, but since all we saw this week was Theon getting tortured (again), they’re coming down a notch.
8. House Baelish (Last Week – NR)
I realize that this is just Littlefinger, but since he just “beat” a guy who’s a idea of revenge is torturing someone in a cargo-hold (and doing so by being more cruel and vicious), he belongs on the list. He is, after all, one of the most dangerous men in Westeros.
Also receiving votes: House Tully, House Baratheon, the Night’s Watch, ice climbing, target practice, bunny rabbits, and people who don’t know how to set fires (sorry Sam).
(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe