I will be treble-sinew’d, hearted, breathed,
And fight maliciously: for when mine hours
Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
Of me for jests; but now I’ll set my teeth,
And send to darkness all that stop me. Come,
Let’s have one other gaudy night: call to me
All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more;
Let’s mock the midnight bell.
Antony and Cleopatra, Act III, Scene XIII
With that – power rankings!
1. The White Walkers (Last Week, #1)
One of the things I love about the new opening credits is how it tracks the position of the Night King’s army. In the books, Daenerys has a dream of the final-final battle being at the Trident, but she has a vision on the show of a decimated King’s Landing. It will be interesting to see where the final-final showdown takes place (hint: it won’t be at Winterfell next week).
2. House Lannister (Last Week, #2)
Away from the coming battle/dumpster fire? That is still the best place to be. Cersei continues to guzzle wine this week in the relative safety of King’s Landing.
3. House Greyjoy (Last Week, #5)
For the sake of consistency, the groups farthest away from the undead army are doing better than the groups that are in harm’s way. It’s safe to assume that Yara re-takes the Iron Islands off-screen, setting up a potential safe haven for the inevitable retreat next week.
4. House Arryn (Last Week, #6)
The majority of the Vale forces are at Winterfell. However, the Eyrie offers another potential safe-haven for retreating forces. Sansa has been talking to Yohn Royce a lot the last two weeks. I can’t help but think that there is a backup plan in place involving what is supposedly the most impenetrable fortress in the world.
5. House Stark (Last Week, #3)
Has Sansa gotten smarter, or has she become merely Cersei-lite? If it’s the former, she may end up being the most capable leader left. If it’s the latter, disaster could ensue. By the way, why on Earth does anyone have to tell Daenerys about Jon’s parents at this point? Win the battle first, then sort it out!
6. House Targaryen (Last Week, #4)
Daenerys has always had a bit of an edge to her, but being in Westeros has emphasized her worst qualities. She’s been using her dragons as the source of her power for a long time, but in some ways, they’ve become a crutch. She’s lost all sense of nuance, and has been all fire and blood, all the time as of late.
7. House Baratheon (Last Week, NR)
Does this mean Arya gets Storm’s End now (whether or not Gendry makes it)? Because that would be awesome!
Also receiving votes: The Night’s Watch, Florence + the Machine, the ghost of Ser Pounce, ridiculous stories about giants, pre-battle boozing, those “here’s a picture of my sweetheart” moments, that’s “Ser Brianne” to you, and the Crypts are definitely NOT safe!
(c) 2019 D.G. McCabe