In an effort to avoid spoilers in the first paragraph, I’d just like to point out that due to alliances and defeats, we’re really down to only down to about 11 or 12 rankable groups at the moment. Here’s a new rule: if one of the subgroups (groups allied with someone else) does something important, they can make the rankings. This opens up a return to the rankings for the Dothraki, Wildlings, and a few other random ones. That will make things more interesting than ranking groups that haven’t done anything in a couple of weeks, every week. Anyway that’s enough preamble – power rankings time!
1. House Targaryen (Last Week, #7)
The destruction! The carnage! Fire and Blood indeed! I want to point out too, that the Targaryen plan no longer relies on naval superiority. This kind of diminishes the threat posed by Euron Greyjoy’s fleet.2. The Dothraki (Last Week, NR)
Sure they are squarely in Daenerys’ camp, since they believe she’s a goddess and all. But to leave them off the rankings this week would be a disservice to the effectiveness of their rampage.
In any other week, the Starks would be #1. They didn’t burn any armies to the ground this week, but they’re in a great position. Their leadership now consists of a king, a political savant, an assassin, and a wizard. And Jon is getting close to getting the Mother of Dragons to understand that the real threat isn’t Cersei…
…it’s these guys.
Euron could still cause problems along the edges. However, since Daenerys no longer needs naval superiority for her invasion, there’s only so much he can do against her.
Sam stays on the countdown, if only because he didn’t have to get pushed around by Slughorn, I mean the Archmaester, this week.
Littlefinger’s days look numbered. His sole purpose right now appears to be keeping the Vale in the fold, but how much sway does he really have over Robin Arryn while he’s in Winterfell?
Did anyone really think a big crossbow was going to take down a huge dragon? The Lannisters have no army and control of one city, which is now under siege with no food. Does the Iron Bank rescue them, or cut their losses now that they’ve gotten their gold? If I were them, I’d choose the latter.
Also Receiving Votes: The Wildlings, The Brotherhood without Banners, Ser Pounce, House Reed (so long Meera!), cave paintings, the many lives of Theon Greyjoy (who should be dead about 5 times by now), and crossbows (which can only do so much).
(c) 2017 D.G. McCabe