Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 8 Power Rankings

By D.G. McCabe

You know all those times in the movies where the villain will gloat for a few minutes after almost killing the hero?  It usually doesn’t work out so well.  Enter last night’s episode.

1. House Lannister (Last Week – #4)

Prince Oberyn’s unfortunate demise serves as a public demonstration of Tywin Lannister’s power at a time when such a demonstration is crucial.  With the public death of Joffrey and the upending of the carefully choreographed trial of Tyrion may have led some to question his power. The Mountain’s brutal victory serves as reminder to the people that, when it looks like you might have beaten Tywin Lannister, he will break your face.

2. House Baelish/House Arryn (Last Week – #2/NR)

There’s no longer a question about who’s really ruling the Vale.  It goes back to the end of Season One and the scene where Renley pleads that Ned take custody of Joffrey.  Whomever takes control of the child with the claim to the throne takes control of the throne.

3. House Bolton (Last Week – NR)

Much to our collective annoyance, Roose Bolton keeps expanding his power.  He has the Ironborn on the run, control of Moat Cailin, and thus control of the North.  Also, that was Winterfell he was heading to during last night’s episode.

4. House Targaryen (Last Week- #1)

Daenerys still has the same amount of power she had last week in reality, but sending Jorah away presents a setback.  She no longer has “two seasoned warriors” by her side after all.  It was a bit of a rash decision, born out of emotion rather than pragmatism.  This could cause problems with the way she is perceived by the outside world.

5. The Free People (Last Week – #5)

Look on the bright side Night’s Watch – maybe now Mole’s Town will get some gross madams that can belch more than the only two songs anyone seems to know.  That is, if you survive long enough yourselves.

6. House Stark (Last Week – #7)

Sometimes all you need to move up on the power rankings is a moment of maniacal laughter.

7. House Tyrell (Last Week – #8)

Once again, staying out of the fray for another week might be the best possibly strategy on this show.

8. The Meereenese (Last Week – #9)

Jorah’s dismissal leaves a hole in the ranks of Daenerys advisers.  There are probably already several sleazy Meereenese waiting in line to apply for the job.

9. The Night’s Watch (Last Week – #10)

You know things look bad when you’re already asking to be cremated.  Way to be optimistic there guys.

10. House Martell (Last Week – #3)

The trial by combat played out almost exactly, word-for-word, as it did in “A Storm of Swords.”  I re-read that section of the book just to make sure, since I didn’t remember it being so horrific.  House Martell isn’t cooked yet though – the Dornish will be back next season.

Also receiving votes: House Tully, House Frey, The Braavosi, The Yunkai’i, House Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister, House Greyjoy, pillars and stones, beetles, The Beatles, skinny dipping, and ominous black dresses.

(c) 2014 D.G. McCabe

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