So, what happens next? Bringing a massive undertaking like Game of Thrones to a conclusion should be like turning an aircraft carrier, but it feels like someone is trying to turn a Jeep. The pacing felt a bit more natural during the first three episodes of this season, but last season’s sprint seems to have returned this week. The show could have used a few more episodes – but you can largely blame showbiz logistics for that. Anyway, enough about the pacing, it’s Power Rankings time!
1. House Lannister
Cersei still controls the Iron Throne, but it appears not much else outside of King’s Landing. Her main enemy is like the pacing of the show lately – rushing full speed ahead in an ill-advised and reckless fashion. Plus she has a ton of nasty crossbows, human shields, and fresh troops.
2. House Stark
Sansa is the only one pointing out the obvious – Daenerys is moving too fast. Bran must be feeling pretty useless right about now too, although I can’t imagine he’ll be this pointless in the books. Arya is on a mission to finish her hit list, though. Who knows? Maybe the “Hero of Winterfell” ends up on the Iron Throne.
3. House Targaryen
Daenerys’ potential heel turn doesn’t feel earned at this point. Besides, she’s down to one injured dragon and a few dozen troops. If it came down to her versus Jon, who’s still around to support her? Still, one injured dragon keeps her in power, and high up the power rankings, for now.
4. House Greyjoy
As predicted last week, Yara took back the Iron Islands off screen. This feels like the last we might hear from her.
5. House Baratheon
Poor Gendry. Given a lordship, but rejected too. He’s still alive though, so that’s not nothing.
6. The Free Folk
Speaking of still alive! Now plus one Ghost! I must admit, sending Ghost with Tormund feels more like the show trying to save CGI money than anything story-related.
7. House Martell
There’s a new prince in Dorne! Hopefully he’s more like book-Doran than show-Doran.
8. House Bron?
There’s not enough time left to delve into this subplot too deeply. Bron is getting Highgarden, accept it. And yes, I know that’s House Tyrell’s sigil, suggestions on what House Bron’s sigil should be are welcome.
Also receiving votes: House Arryn, House Tully, the Dothraki, disembodied flying head of Ser Pounce, copious drinking, and HBO Go.
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