This was a week for consolidation and reunion, among other things. Considering the amount of consolidation and the potential for more, we’re moving the number of ranked entities from 10 back to 8 this week. Let’s get right to it:
1. House Targaryen & Allies (Last Week, #10 & #2)
The words of House Targaryen are “Fire and Blood.” Daenerys has too much respect for Dothraki culture to shed blood in Vaes Dothrak. Fire had to do.
2. House Stark & Allies (Last Week, #9)
Interestingly enough, the original working title for the upcoming ” The Winds of Winter” was “A Time for Wolves.” Jon and Sansa are building a grand coalition up north, including what’s left of the Night’s Watch, a Wildling army, and soon, the Knights of the Vale.
3. The Sparrows/Faith Militant/Faith of the Seven (Last Week, #1)
The Lannisters and Tyrells may have a plan, but the High Sparrow has two Tyrells in jail, a ton of maniacal soldiers, and the ear of the King. The odds are still in his favor for the time being.
4. House Lannister and House Tyrell (Last Week, #6 and #8)
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. This is the driving force behind the alliance between the Tyrells and Lannisters. At first it was Stannis, now it’s the High Sparrow. For the time being, the alliance is back in full swing.
5. The Meereenese & Allies (Last Week, #4)
I don’t know if these guys really care about Tyrion’s overtures. War is on their minds, and the only thing that can stop them is a massive, but slow moving, horde of Dothraki.
6. House Bolton (Last Week, #3)
The Boltons still hold Winterfell. They drop this week because the forces aligning against them are more powerful than a handful of reluctant northern houses whose armies were mostly wiped out at the Red Wedding.
7. House Lannister in Exile (Last Week, #7)
Tyrion is trying, but the slavers of Essos are oathbreakers and scum. He’s attempt to make peace while they prepare for war.
8. House Greyjoy (Last Week, NR)
There’s still one major power in Westeros that has been untouched by internal strife until now. With a huge navy at their command, the Iron Born are nothing to mess with. Also, Kingsmoot!
Also receiving votes: House Tully, House Martell, The White Walkers, House Tarly, Ser Pounce, Lecherous Cobblers, Fire and Blood, and Tormund’s wandering eye.
(c) 2016 D.G. McCabe