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There isn’t much you can say after one of the most powerful scenes in the entire series takes place.
We don’t normally designate rankings for characters who have passed on, but because we finally found out what Willis was talking about…
Honorable #1: Hodor
1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)
After what we saw what the Night’s King could do, you would think he’d be the obvious #1. Not so fast…
Fire still beats ice, and the Mother of Dragons has plenty of it. Her reputation is spreading and inspiring others across the world (which we’ll get to later). It’s only a matter of time, with the army she’s raising and 3 dragons, until she fulfills the promise she makes to Jorah (and many others) that she’ll rule the 7 kingdoms. Still curious what her reaction will be when she returns to Meereen.
2. Night’s King (Previously 6th)
When the Night’s King shows up, it’s hard not say “Holy Shit”. After (if) you get over the loss of Hodor, you can wonder how Winter hasn’t already come yet (that’s your fault if your mind went to the gutter). Placing the tracker on Bran while he was warging, busting through the Three-Eyed Raven’s barrier, striking him down, and probably plotting more…? Let’s hope there’s more to come this season.
3. Sansa Stark (Previously 2nd)
Unbelievably strong moment for Sansa, as she laid into Littlefinger with all the gory details. I would’ve still accepted his, although I’m not her and it might not matter because it’s obvious he cares for her…
Sansa is definitely calling the shots too. She schools Davos on how the North thinks. She relays Baelish’s intel on Brynden Tully, The Blackfish. Then she reminds everyone that she has the Stark name for the North to rally behind, over Jon Snow. Making him a cool wolf cloak helped ease that over though.
4. Bran Stark (Previously 28th)
We got a good look at what Bran could do, as he Warged back in time to alter childhood Hodor into standing up in the present when it mattered most. Was he altering history, or was that just destiny? I think it was the latter…but now he IS the Three-Eyed Raven.
5. Jon Snow (Previously 4th)
Now that Jon is done being emo, he has a mission and direction. Albeit from his younger half-sister Sansa, but direction is good for a man who just came back from the dead. He also has both of Stannis’s closest advisors following him (one of which that can bring him back from the dead). The Sansa-Jon Tag-Team is one worth rooting for, even on a show that has warned us not to get too attached.
6. Cersei Lannister (Previously 3rd)
Cersei is ready for blood and a lot of it. She also has the Hand of the King, the Queen of Thorns, and the King himself under her thumb. Oh yeah, and Zombie Mountain to unleash upon the Sparrows FINALLY.
7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)
Meanwhile, Tyrion has evidently calmed down the violence in Meereen. Grey Worm gives him and Varys the report that the Sons of the Harpy have cooled down since they made their deal with the Masters and now they have to play the PR game. The propaganda side of the Meereen storyline is very interesting, especially if you want to compare it to what the United States itself has gone through, breaking away from England. You wonder though if he made the right choice entrusting a religious leader…We saw how that all went for his sister, Cersei.
8. Jaime Lannister (Previously 9th)
Cersei’s partner-in-crime on the Lannister revenge tour is loving his role in charge of the King’s Guard and plotting to attack on the High Sparrow. They’re using Margaery and even Lancel as motivation for Olenna and Kevan, but his is purely vengeance and he finally has the wherewithal to do something about it.
9. Ser Jorah (Previously 17th)
Jorah didn’t have much screen time but he left one hell of an impression. When Daenerys tells you to get cured, you best get cured. You can also tell how much more she cares about him than Daario too. But where does he go now?
My money is on the Citadel for a Samwell/Gilly team-up.
10. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 10th)
I’m pretty pumped to see Olenna Tyrell unleash her wrath with an army and not all cloak-and-dagger like she did with Joffrey. What happens though when the Lannister kids get what they want? She’s probably on their list too…
11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 19th)
Release the behemoth already.
12. High Sparrow (Previously 12th)
I am anticipating this raid on his headquarters won’t go as cleanly as the Lannisters expect. There’s a chance they could all just be playing into his hand. He does have a lot of sway with the people of King’s Landing, which Kevan has mentioned before.
13. Ser Davos (Previously 8th)
Davos did a great job protecting Jon and bringing him back to life, then licked his wounds after hearing about Stannis and Shireen. Now he seems totally onboard with helping Jon and Sansa recruit a northern army. From what we’ve seen in the past, raising Stannis’s arming, he’s a valuable asset in that department.
14. Melisandre (Previously 10th)
In an episode where she didn’t say a word, we still learned more about Melisandre. We got to know her boss (scroll down) and what people think of her across the world, like Varys. She believes Jon is destined to rule, and that still could be true but in a different way than Daenerys. Still gives her purpose and that’s powerful thing on this show.
15. Brienne (Previously 5th)
I don’t necessarily like Brienne parting from Sansa, but we know they both can hold their own. When it comes to accomplishing missions, there’s nobody more determined than she is. There has to be something to her putting some doubt in Sansa’s mind regarding Davos and Melisandre…
This reaction to Tormund was the best though.
16. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 13th)
#WildlingFlirting at its finest.
17. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 15th)
Gotta love the relief of a Ramsay-less episode.
18. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 33rd)
Euron is like the love child of Sabertooth Liev Schreiber and Ewan McGregor.
His whole “debate” with Yara for the Kingsmoot was a lot like what I am imagining from Hillary/Trump debates, although he might have been more than effective. I actually don’t hate his plan to align with Daenerys, but I get a feeling his “hubris” is going to do him in.
“Let’s go murder them” might have been the worst/best line from this whole series.
19. Petyr Baelish (Previously 16th)
Sansa served Littlefinger a steaming hot slice of humble pie and it might’ve been the most human we’ve ever seen him. He did pick himself back up quick, was back to being the sly fox he’s always been throwing in the “half-brother” bit about Jon. I still think he and the knights of the Vale are going to be the x-factor when Sansa/Jon vs. Ramsay finally goes down.
20. Varys (Previously 14th)
Sassy Varys is such an under-appreciated aspect of this show. His knowledge does give him power and that’s why I think so highly of him, but he got knocked back quite a bit after the following interaction…
21. Kinvara (Newbie)
This is a high ranking for a for a newbie but Kinvara left quite an impression. It takes quite a lot to silence Varys and I don’t think Tyrion knows what he’s gotten himself into by enlisting her. She believes in Daenerys, which she makes clear multiple times in her introduction. What I’m wondering the most is though…
What happens when someone pulls the stone from around her neck? How much older is she than Melisandre?
22. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 23rd)
We learned a little bit more about Jaqen, how the house came to be and that none of the Many-Faced God’s followers came from aristocracy. We still have more questions than answers about him and hope that latter comes soon.
23. Wun Wun (Previously 20th)
I can’t wait for more Wun Wun gifs, honestly.
24. Daario Naharis (Previously 18th)
The most awkward character on the show award goes to…yep. That had to suck seeing Jorah profess his love for Daenerys and she totally go for it, huh Daario?
25. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 21st)
I loved the Lord Dolorous Edd’s “oh shit, I’m in charge” moment.
26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)
I feel bad for Tommen. Kid just wants his wife back and he’s getting played from all angles. He is the king though and he’s going to have to realize it soon before someone does him in like his brother Joffrey.
27. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 31st)
Ready the dragons! Momma’s coming home.
28. Ghost (Previously 32nd)
Ghost has ANOTHER sibling to avenge, ugh. Dammit. That was pretty brutal.
29. Meera (Previously 49th)
MEERA CAN KILL WHITE WALKERS! HOLY SHIT! See what happens when you get off your freezing ass…
30. Queen Margaery (Previously 54th)
We’ve left her toward the back of this list for too long. I’m a little worried about her safety during this raid, but Margaery is resourceful and a survivor. She’s “Helen of Troy” for Olenna and Tommen. I can see her helping her odds during the attack as well, perhaps getting some revenge on the High Sparrow or Septa.
31. Kevan Lannister (Previously 38th)
Kevan is following his niece’s lead to get his son back, but I think he’s going to come away from this whole thing REALLY disappointed…
32. Missandei (Previously 34th)
There are two sides rising right now, the Starks and Daenerys. Daenerys’s is a bit less trusting of each other but Missandei seems to understand what Tyrion and Varys are doing in her absence.
33. Grey Worm (Previously 35th)
Grey Worm is likely less onboard than Missandei but he goes where she and Daenerys do. The results seemed to convince him a little better too, after the deal with the Masters
34. Arya Stark (Previously 24th)
Arya, sorry…No Name seemed to be picking up moment to her story, but then it went back to quicksand as she appears to still be learning things. Hopefully her new mission gets the Braavos storyline back going again.
35. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 22nd)
Well, that whole Kingsmoot thing didn’t go according to plan…Evidently Yara still has loyalists though, including her brother. My hope is that the Greyjoys make a run for wherever either Jon and Sansa or Brienne are heading.
36. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 25th)
Don’t lie. You were proud of Theon standing up for his sister with that nice speech. It helps that he knows his way around Westeros as well as anyone and has pull with Sansa.
Question though: Why didn’t the cheers he got during his speech count as enough for Yara getting the crown? That whole Kingsmoot voting process was bullshit.
37. Qyburn (Previously 39th)
Think Qyburn’s got some tricks to share with the Lannisters and Zombie Mountain for their upcoming raid?
38. Podrick Payne (Previously 37th)
Pod and Brienne back out on their own again. Personally, I think it ups his value but I’m waiting to see his next surprise.
39. Waif (Previously 51st)
Gawd, enough with the stick fights! Apparently she can still kick Arya’s ass, even when she can see…and without a stick. Stick to that, please. (See what I did there?)
40. Drogon (Previously 48th)
My hope is that Daenerys runs back into Drogon on the way back to Meereen. That would be nice…and reassuring that he’s okay.
41. Ellaria Sand (Previously 29th)
Call me when Dorne is relevant again.
42. Tyene Sand (Previously 40th)
43. Nymeria Sand (Previously 41st)
44. Obara Sand (Previously 42nd)
45. Robin Arryn (Previously 43rd)
You’d think he’d be mad about Sansa rejecting Littlefinger’s help but I don’t think he really cares…about anything.
46. Yohn Royce (Previously 57th)
If the Vale helps anyone in the upcoming Northern war, Royce seems like a difference maker as a commander in that instance. He’s just lucky not to be thrown out the Moon Roof at this point, so he could do some redeeming.
47. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 44th)
Way to help your niece and nephew out when Euron called for the “murder party”, jerk.
48. Smalljon Umber (Previously 45th)
We got some clarity on where Umber stands, or more so his standing with Sansa and Jon. They’re pretty prepared to let him rot for turning over Rickon.
49. Harald Karstark (Previously 46th)
Harald, on the other hand, just became much more interesting…at least his family name is. Sansa believes the Karstark’s could be swayed, now that she and Jon are gunning for Ramsay. Harald may get left behind by his own kin, or will just fall in line if they realign with the Starks.
50. Rickon Stark (Previously 47th)
Hang in there, little buddy.
51. Gilly (Previously 52nd)
I get a bad feeling Gilly is going to be pissed with Sam when she meets his family.
52. Samwell Tarley (Previously 53rd)
For the reason above…sorry, Sam.
53. Zanrush (Newbie)
I have no idea what this guy’s importance is, but being Kinvara’s guy could have some perks.
54. Bronn (Previously 55th)
Can we put Bronn on a milk carton now? File for missing person’s or something?
55. Lhazareen (Previously 50th)
Still waiting on the Missandei jealousy stare.
56. Septa Unella (Previously 58th)
She’s so dead…
57. Lancel Lannister (Previously 59th)
58. Lady Crane (Newbie)
Big question mark this woman’s importance. Who wants her dead and why? Oh wait, a servant can’t ask questions.
59. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 60th)
60. Mace Tyrell (Previously 61st)
61. Maester Pycelle (Previously 62nd)