Before I get into this week’s Power Rankings, I’d like to thank all of my loyal readers for viewing these articles. They were never in-depth, but I hope they provided a fun moment or two of distraction on Monday mornings since I started writing them in Season 4.
Now. For this final-final Power Rankings, we’re ranking everybody!
1. House Stark
Bran rules the south, Sansa rules the North, Arya sails the seven seas, and Jon retires with his buddies (more on him later). Bran is the very first narrative chapter in a Song of Ice and Fire, so if he’s to use his magical powers for the good of the Realm, it will nicely bookend the story. Sansa, meanwhile, still has her ironclad alliances with Houses Tully and Arryn. While some may be jealous of the North’s independence (see Greyjoy, Yara), Sansa is capable enough to keep the North self-sufficient and at peace. As for Arya, she’s always been an adventurer, if anyone can discover what’s west of Westeros, she can.
2. The Wildlings
Ygritte gave Jon Snow a taste of what real freedom is, which is something worth living for – a purpose. That’s important, since Jon’s central purpose became saving humanity from certain doom, and he achieved that purpose. I can think of no more fitting resolution to his story than riding out into the sunset to live out his days in the North – the Real North – with Tormund, Ghost, and whomever else he might come across. The whole “let’s send him to the Wall” was a head fake. Jon never intended to re-join the Night’s Watch, and no one cares if he does or not. The show never did justice to his character, and I look forward to reading about how he really reaches his ending and gets his well-deserved freedom.
3. House Lannister
Tyrion is House Lannister now. That’s good for both House Lannister and the Realm at large. I thought Tyrion’s story resolved a bit too neatly, but the show has always been very much pro-Tyrion since Peter Dinklage got top billing starting in Season 2. I assume there is someone managing the Westerlands on Tyrion’s behalf, but the show cut out or killed most of his relations, so we’re left in the dark as to who that might be.
4. House Arryn
Robin Arryn comported himself well at the big council at the Dragonpit. If his character arc took him from creepy child to reasonably well-adjusted adult, that’s very interesting.
5. House Baratheon
Whomever Gendry gets to be his lady will be far happier in that role than Arya Stark. Other than getting his heart broken, Gendry really did well for himself, especially considering where he started. Good for him.
6. House Martell
The show did a poor job depicting the Dornish after Oberyn Martell got squeezed out of the show. Even so, the Dornish came out of the last wars relatively unscathed. I also assume given how, ahem, prolific the Martell clan has been in the realm of reproduction over the years, it’s safe to say that the new “Prince of Dorne” is probably a Martell.
7. House Tully
Edmure is still alive. Still alive so he can get dunked on by Sansa!
8. House Greyjoy
Yara is firmly in control of the Iron Islands, but with a depleted force, she’s probably the weakest ruler of a “Great House” left. She didn’t get the independence Daenerys promised her, and there doesn’t seem to be anything she can do to change that.
9. The Night’s Watch
And now their watch is ended. Well, except as an excuse to send Jon Snow north to hang with his best pals Tormund and Ghost.
10. House Targaryen
The dragons are gone now. Jon was never a Targaryen, despite whomever his real father may have been – he’s Ned Stark’s son. That means that the Targaryens are truly no more.
11. The Hound
The Hound should have taken his own advice. The Mountain was a dead man walking anyway, so by insisting on killing his brother himself, the Hound rendered his journey pointless.
12. The Dothraki
I assume they went home with the Unsullied. Or they’re on the bottom of a lake somewhere.
13. The Meereenese
Man, I hope Daario ended up being a capable administrator, or the entirety of Slaver’s Bay is completely in chaos right about now. I wish they would have made that clear on the show, since it would have helped sell Daenerys’ heel turn in the last season.
14. House Tyrell
The Tyrells are dead and gone. Now there is only House Bron. All hail Bron!
15. House Bolton
Absolutely no one misses these dirtbags.
16. The Sparrows
Or these creepy fanatics.
17. The White Walkers
And finally, last and least, the guys who were really just one guy who got killed pretty easily when it comes down to it.
Also receiving votes: “I like living;” “You never @!#!$ a bear!”; “Oh are you master of grammar now too?”; “This is my cat, Ser Pounce!”; “I’m going to eat every chicken in this place!”; “Where are my dragons!?!”; “You know nothing, Jon Snow;” “The man who passes the sentence swings the sword;” the Moon Door, the Great Hall of Winterfell, sexposition, pointless nudity, and eight years of living in George R.R. Martin’s playground.
(c) D.G. McCabe
Later this week: Game of Thrones: The Complete Series