Game of Thrones Power Rankings, Season 5, Episode 5

With a title like “Kill the Boy” you would think that there would be some horrific violence.  And there was – but nothing really suggested by the title.  Anyway – power rankings:

Targaryen-21. House Targaryen (Last Week – #8)

No one was going to keep the Mother of Dragons down long.  First, she has dragons to feed her enemies too.  Second, she actually isn’t a bad strategist if she can stop being indecisive for a moment.

Lannister2. House Lannister (Last Week – #1)

It was a decidedly Lannister-free episode this week (Tyrion no longer counts for Power Rankings purposes).  We’ll catch up with Cersei’s inevitably awful, drunken ruling decisions next week apparently.

Baratheon-33. House Baratheon (Last Week – #5)

Stannis is on the move, and he’s gained some popularity points this week.  The makeup of his command at the moment makes me think that major events of the book are going to play out differently.  I’ll explain my theory later in the week.

Bolton4. House Bolton (Last Week – NR)

I’ve been beating around the bush on this one long enough.  The Boltons are surrounded by enemies and the embodiment of evil.  Since this is Game of Thrones, it likely means they are somehow going to win.

Night's Watch-25. The Night’s Watch (Last Week – #3)

It has to be done.  Sure you hate those Wildlings and are pissed that they killed your brothers and your families.  But either we go get them now and try to bring them on our side or they will certainly turn into the minions of…

The Others6. The White Walkers (Last Week – #10)

These guys.

Martell-27. House Martell (Last Week – #4)

Without a clear focus on the Dornish week to week or a historical background on the show, it’s hard to rank them on a weekly basis.  Next week we go back to Dorne to see if their plotline clarifies a bit.

Stark-28. House Stark (Last Week – #7)

Still no Arya.  Sansa’s fate is looking more precarious by the day, although she’s keeping a cool head about it for the moment.  She has more friends, and power, than she realizes.

Meereen-29. The Meereenese (Last Week – #2)

Funny how one week you’re soaring up the Power Rankings, and the next week, you’re dragon food.

Lannister in Exile-210. House Lannister in Exile (Last Week – NR)

Tyrion gets some bonus points for surviving the attack that’s been hinted at for weeks.  His new ally didn’t fare so well.

Also receiving votes: House Arryn, House Greyjoy, House Tyrell, The Sparrows, The Free Folk, Ser Pounce, Old Valyria, greyscale, Ramsey’s flat butt, Drogon the Dragon, and Fifty Shades of the Dreadfort.

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe