Moving right along with week seven, in which we had a rare Game of Thrones cold open. I’m not sure how important The Hound is to the narrative, but with the special treatment his return got this week, I would bet that he’ll be very integral to the show going forward. Anyway, Power Rankings:
1. The Faith of the Seven/Faith Militant/Sparrows (Last Week, #1)
No changes here this week. I don’t know what Margaery has up her sleeve, but so far it hasn’t been anything other than manipulate and survive. Something has to give, and soon. With only three episodes left this season I can’t imagine this plotline stretching out another year.
2. House Targaryen (Last Week, #2)
Second place holds steady for another week too. Yes, I know Daenerys and her crew were absent this week, but that’s what happens when you have three dragons and a ton of barbarians at your command.
3. House Tully (Last Week, #3)
As foretold last week, the Blackfish could care less about his nephew. When asked to choose between his house and his dumb nephew, his house wins. What do you think he is, a Stark?
4. House Greyjoy (Last Week, NR)
Anyone who throws in their lot with the Mother of Dragons moves up the Power Rankings. Especially when you have exactly what she needs at the right moment. Things never work out so neatly on Planetos, but despite the inevitable, horrifying plot twist, a good idea is a good idea.
5. The Hound (Last Week, NR)
Free agents, especially those with Sandor Clegane’s skill set, are a fine asset in Westeros. It’ll be fun to see where his path leads now that he’s back in the game.
6. House Bolton (Last Week, #7)
The show has finally given us a break from endless displays of Bolton cruelty, which stretch back to Season 3. Unfortunately, Ramsay and his allies are in a better position than the “good guys.”
7. House Stark (Last Week, #4)
Ice cold ten-year olds aside, the coalition building project is not going as planned. Bringing Littlefinger in may be necessary, but it won’t be without consequence. Meanwhile, in Braavos, how is Arya going to get out of this one?
8. House Lannister (Last Week, #8)
Cersei can’t win anymore. She can take everything down with her though. There is a mad-king type of fire in her eyes that screams “Burn them all!”
Also receiving votes: House Lannister in Exile, House Tyrell, The Night’s Watch, The Free Folk, House Martell, the Meereenese, The White Walkers, Ser Pounce, Nymeria the Direwolf, Sieges Planned by the Three Stooges, Hippies, Lord Glover Being Absolutely Right about Robb Stark, and a Lannister Always Pays His…ah Shut up Already.
(c) 2016 D.G. McCabe
(c) 2016 D.G. McCabe