I’m very happy with this week’s episode. It continues the themes of changing power dynamics in Game of Thrones, and pushes the story forward in a way that early episodes of previous seasons did not. Anyway, let’s get to the power rankings:
1. The Night’s Watch (Last Week, #9)
Most of the time, you stab someone multiple times and they stay dead. Sometimes they’re revived by a fire priestess. Either way, Jon Snow is back. Until it becomes otherwise clear, we’ll set forth for power rankings purposes that, for the moment, his “Night’s Watch” designation still remains. However, since he was indeed dead, a strong argument can be made that he’s released from his vows and free to change allegiances.
2. The Wildlings/Free Folk (Last Week #8)
Of course, Jon’s return wouldn’t be possible without an assist from Tormund and Wun Wun the Giant. We had a bit of a week concerning big men smashing little men by the way.
3. House Lannister (Last Week, #1)
Speaking of big men smashing little men, it’s hard to demote House Lannister too much while Cersei has Zombie Mountain at her command. Also, maybe, just maybe, Tommen is going to actually do something except pet his cat. However, Jaime still needs to learn that he can’t just stab his problems and make them go away.
4. House Lannister in Exile (Last Week, #5)
Four steps to releasing dragons. Step one – be nice to the dragons so they don’t roast you. Step two – gently unlock their chains. Step three – get out as fast as possible before they change their minds. Step four – be sure to leave the door open after you.
5. The Sparrows/Faith Militant (Last Week, #2)
The High Sparrow might have played his hand a bit too aggressively here. What he doesn’t seem to get is that Jaime and Cersei don’t have much to lose these days except their family and grasp on power. The Sparrows might meet a bloody end, and soon.
6. House Stark (Last Week, #4)
Let’s face it, most of us were under the impression that Bran was never leaving that cave again. The fact that he’ll be sent south at some point bodes well for House Stark.
7. House Bolton (Last Week, #6)
House Bolton is under new, psychotic management. Ramsey’s rule is a ticking timebomb, the only question is, what is he going to take with him when it goes off?
8. House Greyjoy (Last Week, NR)
Speaking of new management, Balon Greyjoy is finally dead. Now it’s time for pirates and Kingsmoot. I certainly hope the adaptation improves on the books.
9. The Dothraki (Last Week, #3)
They still have Daenerys in custody, but now they might have three pissed off dragons to deal with. News flash guys, horses don’t like fire.
10. House Targaryen (Last Week, #10)
I had considered leaving Daenerys off the countdown for the first time ever. Then I thought better about it. She’s gotten out of worse jams after all.
Also receiving votes: House Martell , The Meereenese, House Tyrell, House Tully, House Arryn, The White Walkers, Ser Pounce, really fat, overfed death hounds, eunuch solidarity, big men smashing little men, and making nice with flying flamethrowers.
(c) 2016 D.G. McCabe