Every week gets further and further away from the the books, which I’ll address in a separate post this week. For now – power rankings:
Well that dip in the rankings didn’t last long. Cersei has gained a new ally, sent her enemies into disarray, and brought her son to heel. Of course, pacts with religious fanatics always end well….
It appears that the show version of the Meereenese resistance is going to be a lot scarier and more numerous than their literary counterparts. This does not bode well for our Mother of Dragons.
Among Jon’s weapons are: a Valyrian Steel sword, a direwolf, and a superhuman resistance to carnal temptation. Although when carnal temptation takes the form of a psychotic fire priestess, it might not be that big of a deal.
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that this was only the second most brutal “buried in the sand” slaying ever to occur on HBO (see Empire, Boardwalk).
Stannis shows a surprisingly soft side this week. Don’t worry about it everyone, I’m sure he’ll be back to burning his enemies alive next week.
For a supposedly master tactician, Littlefinger’s plan seems to rely heavily on the success of Stannis Baratheon. Someone should remind him that betting on Stannis would have paid very poor returns the last time he was in a position of power.
No word from Arya this week, but the education of Sansa Stark continues unabated.
Daenerys is quickly losing control and running out of allies. She has some cards to play, but they are brutal or unpalatable. She may soon be out of even those options if she doesn’t start making moves.
Margaery forgot whom she was dealing with. Cersei has sent Margaery’s father to Braavos, locked her brother in a dungeon, and caused friction between Tommen and Margaery all within the span of one week. Maybe her grandmother can help, but Highgarden is far away.
Oh yeah, and there are still ice demons out there with their zombie hordes. But it’s okay, let’s just pretend they don’t exist and maybe they’ll go away.
Also receiving votes: House Bolten, House Greyjoy, House Lannister in Exile, the Free Folk, Ser Pounce, the Faith of the Seven, a needle, the exploding heads of book purists everywhere, diseased dolls, and things the show needs to remind us of if certain “theories” and prophecies are going to come to pass.
(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe