By D. G. McCabe
First, I would just like to point out that this week’s episode rocked. Whether you like the off-book additions/changes or not, you’ll be hard pressed to deny that the way they were resolved was skillfully executed and emotionally satisfying. On to the rankings:
1. House Targaryen (Last Week #1)
Go to Westeros and catch the Lannisters by surprise? Nah, we’re going to hang out in Meereen and make sure all this work freeing slaves and what not doesn’t go to waste. What could possibly go wrong…
2. House Lannister (Last Week – #4)
I loved watching Cersei working the judges this week by giving them each a little something they want. She gives Mace Tyrell another crack at “Father of the Future Queen Bride,” the Red Viper some emotional understanding, and her father some “family comes first” talk.
3. House Baelish (Last Week – #3)
Littlefinger now controls the Vale. He’ll go to bed with the devil herself for more power. For now.
4. House Tyrell (Last Week – #2)
Without the Queen of Thorns around, there will be less and less of House Tyrell as its own force and more of House Tyrell as a pawn of Cersei Lannister. Margaery may be working Tommen, but she hasn’t figured out that Cersei is working her.
5. House Martell (Last Week – #5)
The Red Viper is too smart to be played by Cersei, and besides, the Dornish have her daughter. He might send that boat down to Sunspear, but I doubt he’ll do anything else for her.
6. House Greyjoy (Last Week – #6)
The trailer for this Sunday’s episode looks like it heavily features the Iron Born. We’ll see how they do.
7. House Stark (Last Week – #10)
Well Sansa, at least going to bed every night to horrifying “love” noises is better than being a hostage to a psychotic bastard-king. Bran is learning how powerful he really is too.
8. The Night’s Watch (Last Week – NR)
Apparently Jon Snow does know something. His raid was successful and he got his dog back. It was a good day for the Watch.
9. The Free People (Last Week – #8)
Although with two armies circling the boys in black, good days are about to become few and far between.
10. House Baratheon (Last Week – NR)
House Lannister is running out of money you say? Owes money to ruthless Bravosi bankers you say? Hmmmmmm.
Also receiving votes: House Bolton, House Tully, House Arryn, The Meereenese, The Yunkai’i, The Astopori, the Others, and their soon to be zombie-servants formerly known as Craster’s wives, Ghost, possessed Hodor, and the impressive speed by which news travels between Slaver’s Bay and King’s Landing.
(c) 2014 D.G. McCabe