The first time that the television version of A Song of Ice and Fire deviated from the books was in Daenerys’ story in Season 2. Most of the deviations since have either condensed storylines or raised the stakes in plotlines that would be difficult to adapt to television. Last night the plot of A Feast for Crows was essentially thrown out in favor of a new storyline. I’m looking forward to how it plays out. In the meantime – Power Rankings:
1. House Lannister (Last Week – #1)
It isn’t perfect, but Cersei is consolidating her power. She’s assigned members of the Small Council that she can control. She’s manipulated Jaime into leaving King’s Landing and her uncle Kevan is on his way back to the Rock. There is no one left to oppose her at the moment.
Daenerys is finding that ruling isn’t easy. Her actions last night won’t appease the former masters and have angered the former slaves. Drogon’s appearance reminded the audience that she isn’t without a reserve of power though, so no matter how much of a mess she makes of Meereen there are always other options.
3. House Martell (Last Week – #7)
Dorne is angry, and when the Dornish are angry they are at their most dangerous. Doran Martell will do his best to keep the fire under control – for now. In any event, now that the television show has introduced more of House Martell we can give them their proper due in these Power Rankings.
4. The Night’s Watch (Last Week – #6)
Jon is in high demand. He can either become Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch or Lord of Winterfell. His decision will affect the destiny of both Stannis’ army and the brothers in black.
5. House Tyrell (Last Week – #2)
Margaery may be working on something, but her father is still the head of House Tyrell. As long as he is good and bribed by Cersei, his daughter’s ability to maneuver will be limited.
6. House Baratheon (Last Week – #3)
Stannis’ momentum has stalled. The Wildlings won’t fight for him, so he’s trying to use Jon to get the North on his side. He might be out of moves if that doesn’t work.
7. House Bolton (Last Week – #5)
The Rooster still holds Winterfell. No one has moved against him yet, but it’s clear that he has enemies on all sides waiting to strike.
8. The Meereenese (Last Week – #8)
On the minus side, the Unsullied are making progress in hunting the Sons of the Harpy. On the plus side, Daenerys is now less popular with the former slave class than she was a week ago. It’s a wash.
9. House Arryn (Last Week – #9)
What is Littlefinger up to? We’re through the looking glass here people (a.k.a. really far off-book).
10. House Stark (Last Week – NR)
Arya is making progress in Braavos. And who does Brienne of Tarth serve – Stark or Lannister? I think she’s allied with Sansa at this point whether Sansa wants her or not.
Also receiving votes: House Lannister in Exile, House Greyjoy, The Free Folk, the White Walkers, the Titan of Braavos, Littlefinger’s goons, Ser Pounce, snake-in-a-box, Drogon the Dragon, and hopefully being done with setup episodes.
(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe