By D.G. McCabe
It’s that time again! We’re just over one week away from the season premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO. As such, I thought I would do a brief post reminding everyone where the realm stands with a preseason power rankings post:
1. House Targaryen
Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons seeks to add “Queen of Mereen” onto her list of titles this season. She’s already taken out too enemy cities along Slaver’s Bay, and her dragons are growing bigger.
2. House Lannister
The War of the Five Kings is all but over, and the Lannisters are in control of Westeros for all intents and purposes. Well, specifically, Tywin Lannister is in charge of the Seven Kingdoms, although his waste of space grandson still occupies the Iron Throne.
3. House Bolton
The Boltons are now Wardens of the North and charged with mopping up the northern front of the war. So far, all viewers know of Ramsey Snow is that he is torturing Theon Greyjoy. From previews, it appears that his character will get some much needed development this season.
4. House Martell
Unbowed, unbent, unbroken – these are the words of House Martell. The Martells have stayed out of the action thus far, and have been barely mentioned in the series. That is about to change this season with the introduction of Oberyn Martell – the Red Viper of Dorne.
5. House Tyrell
The Tyrells had their ups and downs last season. Despite getting outplayed by the Lannisters thus far, they are still in a position of power and influence in King’s Landing. They will continue to play a large role in shaping events.
6. House Baratheon
Stannis spent most of last season ruminating on Dragonstone, but he still controls a decent amount of territory and a good sized army. He shouldn’t be counted out, especially when his closest ally can birth demons out of her lady parts.
7. House Greyjoy
Raiders for the Iron Islands currently control a large section of the North and a large navy. Things are looking a bit shaky for them, even as TV Asha (Yara) is going after Theon.
8. The Night’s Watch
Jon Snow has finally rejoined his black brothers, with hopefully enough time to fight off the raiding party coming in from the south. They still have advantages over the Wildlings, but the fight won’t be easy.
9. The Free People
The Wildlings are poised for a massive assault, coming at both sides of the Wall. The Night’s Watch still has an advantage in training and defenses, but the Wildlings have the numbers.
10. House Stark
All is not lost. Bran continues north on his quest to find the Three Eyed Raven, and Rickon and Sansa still live. There also walks Arya Stark – the soul of vengeance. Valar Morghulis.
Also Receiving Votes: House Frey, House Tully, House Arryn, The Others, Bart the Bear, Dragon Barbeque (patent pending), a Dothraki Horde, and Sir Pounce.
(c) 2014 D.G. McCabe