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Game of Thrones Power Rankings – Season 5 Episode 8

That was by far the best episode of the season – maybe of the entire series.  The events at Hardhome are not seen in A Dance with Dragons, we only hear about them from afar.  This bodes extremely well for future seasons.  Anyway – power rankings!

The Others1. The White Walkers (Last Week – NR)

That’s what the White Walkers can do.  But why?  Who are they?  I put forth a theory in a post during the offseason.

2. House Targaryen (Last Week – #2)

Welcome to the service of House Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister.  Fortunately for you, your new employer recognizes talent when she sees it.

Sparrows-13. The Faith of the Seven (Last Week – #1)

I haven’t forgotten the Sparrows, but since they have neither an army of the undead or dragons they seem a little weaker this week.

Martell-24. House Martell (Last Week – #4)

It’s interesting that Tyrion didn’t list House Martell as one of the potential allies of Daenerys.  They directly control their historical lands, their scions are not in prison, and they have key Lannisters with them as “guests.”  By default, they’re the strongest Great House in Westeros.

Lannister5. House Lannister (Last Week – #10)

It’s true that things couldn’t look worse for the Lannister Twins, but hear me out.  With the reemergence of the reasonable Kevan Lannister to administrate the Seven Kingdoms, House Lannister is in a much stronger position than last week.

Bolton6. House Bolton (Last Week – #6)

It’s stasis for the Rooster this week and that monstrosity he calls a son.  I’m starting to get concerned that the weather will work in their favor, dooming Stannis’ army and allowing them to hang on to Winterfell.

Stark-27. House Stark (Last Week – #9)

Been victimized by an unscrupulous insurance salesman?  Come to the House of Black and White and we’ll give him a “gift.”  And by “gift,” we mean gruesome death.

Baratheon-38. House Baratheon (Last Week – #6)

Stannis just can’t catch a break this season.

9. The Night’s Watch (Last Week – #8)

It really didn’t look like they got a lot of people out of Hardhome.  Anything is better than 50 guys defending the entire Wall I suppose.  At least there is no need for a “join us or die” type speech when death is so obviously the alternative.

Tyrell-210. House Tyrell (Last Week – NR)

House Tyrell’s position is improved by default with Kevan in charge instead of Cersei.  The Lannisters still need them and Kevan will try to strengthen the alliance.

Also receiving votes: House Greyjoy, The Meereenese, Ser Pounce, Night of the Living Dead, The Evil Dead, World War Z, 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, Jason and the Argonauts, Fire and Blood.

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe




Game of Thrones Power Rankings, Season 5, Episode 5

With a title like “Kill the Boy” you would think that there would be some horrific violence.  And there was – but nothing really suggested by the title.  Anyway – power rankings:

Targaryen-21. House Targaryen (Last Week – #8)

No one was going to keep the Mother of Dragons down long.  First, she has dragons to feed her enemies too.  Second, she actually isn’t a bad strategist if she can stop being indecisive for a moment.

Lannister2. House Lannister (Last Week – #1)

It was a decidedly Lannister-free episode this week (Tyrion no longer counts for Power Rankings purposes).  We’ll catch up with Cersei’s inevitably awful, drunken ruling decisions next week apparently.

Baratheon-33. House Baratheon (Last Week – #5)

Stannis is on the move, and he’s gained some popularity points this week.  The makeup of his command at the moment makes me think that major events of the book are going to play out differently.  I’ll explain my theory later in the week.

Bolton4. House Bolton (Last Week – NR)

I’ve been beating around the bush on this one long enough.  The Boltons are surrounded by enemies and the embodiment of evil.  Since this is Game of Thrones, it likely means they are somehow going to win.

Night's Watch-25. The Night’s Watch (Last Week – #3)

It has to be done.  Sure you hate those Wildlings and are pissed that they killed your brothers and your families.  But either we go get them now and try to bring them on our side or they will certainly turn into the minions of…

The Others6. The White Walkers (Last Week – #10)

These guys.

Martell-27. House Martell (Last Week – #4)

Without a clear focus on the Dornish week to week or a historical background on the show, it’s hard to rank them on a weekly basis.  Next week we go back to Dorne to see if their plotline clarifies a bit.

Stark-28. House Stark (Last Week – #7)

Still no Arya.  Sansa’s fate is looking more precarious by the day, although she’s keeping a cool head about it for the moment.  She has more friends, and power, than she realizes.

Meereen-29. The Meereenese (Last Week – #2)

Funny how one week you’re soaring up the Power Rankings, and the next week, you’re dragon food.

Lannister in Exile-210. House Lannister in Exile (Last Week – NR)

Tyrion gets some bonus points for surviving the attack that’s been hinted at for weeks.  His new ally didn’t fare so well.

Also receiving votes: House Arryn, House Greyjoy, House Tyrell, The Sparrows, The Free Folk, Ser Pounce, Old Valyria, greyscale, Ramsey’s flat butt, Drogon the Dragon, and Fifty Shades of the Dreadfort.

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones Power Rankings – Season 5, Episode 3

Last night’s episode was a bit slow at times but had great flourishes.  Let’s jump right into the Power Rankings:

Tyrell-21. House Tyrell (Last Week – #5)

Shooting up the Power Rankings this week are the Tyrells, bolstered by Lady Margaery’s work with an aged-up and very, very physically mature King Tommen Baratheon.  Ser Pounce is officially jealous.

Night's Watch-22. The Night’s Watch (Last Week -#4)

That Valyrian Steel cuts like a hot knife through butter.  And before Janos Slynt’s blubbering makes you feel even a little sympathy, just remember this is the guy who went into brothels to stab babies in Season 2.

Arryn3. House Arryn (Last Week – #9)

Now we know what Littlefinger is up to.  Having secured control of one of the seven kingdoms (The Vale), he’s setting his sights North.

Stark-24. House Stark (Last Week – #10)

Things look dangerous for Sansa, but the North remembers.  Meanwhile, Arya is working on the whole “faceless assassin” training thing.

Lannister5. House Lannister (Last Week – #1)

The mighty have fallen a bit this week.  Cersei is being squeezed out on all directions.  She still has a few tricks up her sleeve though, so I wouldn’t expect to see the Lannisters this low on the rankings for very long.

Targaryen-26. House Targaryen (Last Week – #2)

Nothing from the Mother of Dragons this week.  When you’re sitting on a tinderbox of a city without control of your dragons, no progress means you go backwards.

Martell-27. House Martell (Last Week – #3)

Ditto House Martell.  When things are this chaotic, sitting still does not help your week to week Power Rankings position.  The previews promise more Dornish next week, so we’ll see what happens.

Baratheon-38. House Baratheon (Last Week – #6)

Jon has officially taken a different job offer.  Stannis wants to march on Winterfell, but just two weeks ago he didn’t have the men for it.  It’s not looking good right now for the most boring man in Westeros.

Bolton9. House Bolton (Last Week – #7)

The Rooster admits that he doesn’t have the men to hold the North.  He has a new alliance with the most dishonest man in Westeros and his protege, at least one army about to approach, and not many options except to send his crazy bastard son to skin people.  Winterfell might very well be his tomb.

Lannister in Exile-210. House Lannister in Exile (Last Week – NR)

Well, Tyrion got as far as Volantis before everything went to hell.  Why can’t he just sit still for a damn second?

Also receiving votes: The Meereenese, the Free Folk, House Greyjoy, the White Walkers, Ser Pounce, the Faith of the Seven, Bodies: the Exhibit, clean corpses, No One, Someone, and Anyone.

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones Power Rankings – Season 5, Episode 1

And we’re back!  As usual, the first episode of the season was primarily showing us the aftermath of the final events of last season and setting the pieces for the titular “Wars to Come.”  With that said, let’s jump right into the Power Rankings:


1. House Lannister (Preseason Ranking – #1)

Jaime is right.  He was never his father’s biggest fan, but without Tywin scaring everyone in Westeros into their place, Jaime’s son is surrounded by enemies looking for an opening.  Try telling that to his sister – who is still obsessed with Tyrion.


 2. House Tyrell (Preseason Ranking – #3)

First among the enemies plotting against the Lannister twin hegemony is House Tyrell.  Lady Margaery sees an opening and is thinking about how to exploit it.  First she needs an ally.


3. House Baratheon (Preseason Ranking – #4)

Stannis needs a bigger army.  He tried convincing his newly conquered foes to join him through diplomacy, but now he’s trying scaring the living hell out of them.  Even so, he now has a legitimate power base and a plan that goes beyond hanging out on the beach and lighting his allies on fire.


4. House Targaryen (Preseason Ranking – #2)

Who is Daenerys if she can’t control her dragons?  She hasn’t figured that out yet.  Right now, she says that she isn’t a politician, but she’d better start becoming one if she wants to get Meereen under control.


5. House Bolton (Preseason Ranking – #6)

The Rooster has taken residence in Winterfell but he is surrounded by dangerous enemies.  His strongest ally is about to become worm food.  Sure he has an unpredictable psychopath at his side, but he can only rely on that particular tiger for so long before he finds himself eaten.

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6. The Night’s Watch (Preseason Ranking – #10)

The Night’s Watch hasn’t chosen its Lord Commander yet, but Jon Snow has the ear of Stannis and the loyalty of his men.  We’ll see what happens but they are in a solid position for the time being.


7. House Martell (Preseason Ranking – #7)

We have to wait until next Sunday to visit Dorne for the first time and learn the next moves of House Martell.  I wish they would have rolled it out in the premiere but I can wait another week (I think).


8. The Meereenese (Preseason Ranking – NR)

Here come the Sons of the Harpy to sow uncertainty and doubt.  The Mother of Dragons has shown she can defeat armies and sack cities, but can she handle guerrilla resistance?


9. House Arryn (Preseason Ranking – #5)

What is Littlefinger up to? He’s left the Lords of the Vale with the unenviable task of training Robin Arryn and left with Sansa to parts unknown.  Can we even describe him as in control of these guys anymore?

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10. House Lannister in Exile (Preseason Ranking – #8)

For Tyrion’s sigil, I’ve flipped the Lannister colors in the tradition of rebel houses in Song of Ice and Fire.  I’ve also changed the “house words” to the unofficial Lannister motto since it better suits Tyrion.  That being said, he’s not going to find what he’s looking for in the bottom of a bottle.

Also receiving votes: House Stark, House Greyjoy, the White Walkers, the Free Folk, Ser Pounce, Pod’s magic pod, and too much information about a month in a box.

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe



Game of Thrones Season 5 – Preseason Power Rankings

Here we are! Tomorrow’s Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones will begin our descent into A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.  But first, preseason power rankings:


1. House Lannister (End of Last Season – #10)

Chaos is the real ruler of the Seven Kingdoms these days, but as long as Tommen Baratheon sits on the Iron Throne he will be little more than a puppet to Cersei Lannister.


2. House Targaryen (End of Last Season – #6)

Daenerys has demonstrated that she has the ability to command armies.  Does she have what it takes to rule a city? We’ll find out.


3. House Tyrell (End of Last Season – #8)

The Lords of Highgarden escaped last season largely unscathed – even after they took care of Joffrey.  No one in this world remains unscathed for long though.


4. House Baratheon (End of Last Season – #3)

Right now, anyone who has an established base of operations is in a good position.  Stannis got himself one of those in a big way at the end of last season.


5. House Arryn (End of Last Season – #2)

Littlefinger has secured himself a power base for the time being.  His control is entirely dependent on Sansa and the Lords of the Vale playing along, so his position isn’t as strong as the the top four above.


6. House Bolton (End of Last Season – #7)

The Boltons just moved into Winterfell.  We’ll see how long they can rule the North through brute force and fear without Tywin Lannister backing them.


7. House Martell (End of Last Season – NR)

Rounding out our players with a real base of power comes House Martell.  They are in the back of the pack for now because they haven’t made very many moves in the game – yet.

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8. House Lannister in Exile (End of Last Season – #1)

Now we get into our Wild Cards.  The first is Tyrion Lannister.  He’s pretty far removed from the game at the moment, but made a huge exit.  He’s far more dangerous now than when he was playing along.


9. House Stark (End of Last Season – #4)

Bran Stark just met up with the powerful Bloodraven, but we won’t be seeing him this season apparently.  Arya is the main focus this season for the direwolves.

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10. The Night’s Watch (End of Last Season – #5)

Jon has less than 100 men and now has to make friends with an emotionless potato and his fire-worshipping minions.  Oh boy.

Also receiving votes: House Greyjoy, the Meereenese, the White Walkers, The Free Folk, Ser Pounce, necromancy, pyromancy, Lollys Stokeworth, Cthulhu, and George R.R. Martin hopefully finishing Winds of Winter soon.

Oh and there are new, original sigils for a few other groups!  The Free Folk/Wildlings, the White Walkers/Others, House Greyjoy, and Meereenese:

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones Season 5 Power Rankings – Intro

By D.G. McCabe

The last two seasons have caused serious shakeups in the roster of characters on Game of Thrones.  In order to keep up, here’s an update for power rankings purposes on which characters count for which houses and who we need to drop.  Oh and I’m using new clipart this year courtesy openclipart.org (no copyright or broken link concerns this way) – I need to tweak the graphics a bit so that the icons are more accurate, but let me know what you think about the selection generally speaking.

At the Wall and Beyond

The Night’s Watch

Jon, Sam, and all the other guys in the black armor.

House Baratheon

Stannis, Melissandre, Shireen, Davos, Stannis’ creepy wife Selyse.

The Wildlings

Well, what’s left of them at this point anyway.  Mance and Tormund mainly.

The Others/White Walkers

Ice monsters with an army of the undead at their command.

The North and the Vale

House Bolton

Ramsey, Roose, and an assortment of thugs and goons.  I would lump the Freys in here too since they are essentially Roose’s minions at this point.

House Greyjoy

Yara (Asha), Theon/Reek, and Balon Greyjoy.

House Arryn

Littlefinger, Sansa, Robin, and the various lords of the Vale.

In King’s Landing and Dorne

House Lannister of Casterly Rock

Tommen, Cersei, Jaime, Brianne of Tarth (since she’s on a mission for Jaime) and the court of the Iron Throne.

House Tyrell

Mace, Margaery, Olenna, Loras, and their various attendants.

House Martell

All of the Dornish that we haven’t met yet on the show.

Across the Narrow Sea

House Stark

At this point House Stark is Arya and Bran.  Sansa is now squarely in the House Arryn camp, Jon has always counted among the Night’s Watch, and everyone else is dead.  Arya will in this season, but it sounds like Bran may not be, thus the placement.

House Lannister in Exile

Tyrion and Varys for now.

House Targaryen

This is still Daenerys, members of her court, and her army.

The Meereenese

Hizdahr and the other slimy weasels who called Meereen home.

Anyway – two more weeks!

(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe

Games of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 1 Power Rankings

By D.G. McCabe

And we’re back!  More brutal stabbings!  More trips to brothels!  More Dragons!  More Tyrion!  Let’s get right to it:

1. House Lannister (Last Week – #2)

And one big sword becomes two.  I can’t really rank House Lannister any lower than #1 this week after our season opened with such an unequivocal display of Lord Tywin’s power.

2. House Tyrell (Last Week – #5)

Lady Olenna is one of the shrewder players in the game, and knows talent when she sees it (in the person of Brianne of Tarth).  Meanwhile, even the scion of House Lannister (Jaime) can see that House Tyrell is the power behind the throne at the moment.

3. House Targaryen (Last Week – #1)

The three dragons are getting larger, and Meereen has another thing coming to it if it thinks it can intimidate their mother.  Trying to scare her in the most horrific way possible will only anger her more.  You should ask the Unsullied dealer from Astapor what happens to people who do that just to double check.

4. House Martell (Last Week – #4)

No one makes an entrance like the Red Viper of Dorne!

5. House Bolton (Last Week – #3)

Well House Bolton fans, the Dreadfort is now a location in the opening!  So all four of you, give yourselves a pat on the back.  Then go back to your usual prison routine.

6. House Stark (Last Week – #10)

She’s out there people.  Arya the Avenger.  You’d best not take her sword, you won’t like it when she comes looking for it!  Also, she wants her own horse dammit!

7. House Baratheon (Last Week #6)

Stannis is being ridiculed in King’s Landing…

8. House Greyjoy (Last Week #7)

…but at least he’s not being completely ignored in King’s Landing.

9. The Night’s Watch (Last Week #8)

Umm…you should probably stop wasting time questioning Jon Snow and get moving there guys.

10. The Free People (Last Week #9)

After all, the Wildlings are coming pretty fast.  And if you lose, they’re going to eat you.  Yum.

Also receiving votes: House Arryn, House Tully, The Others, The Meereenese, The Yunki’i, miscellaneous Dornishmen, and chickens, lots of chickens.

(c) 2014 D.G. McCabe