Piffcast: The Comeback-cast

After a nice long break, the Piffcast is back! It’s been a month, so Mike and TJ had some catching up to do…

– Developing a Kris Bryant’s up-to-bat Alert App
– Comic-Con Trailer Roundup
– TJ’s movie homework (including some Mark Ruffalo recommendations)
– What we’re watching on TV (Stranger Things, The Night Of)
– The Pokemon around Mike’s house (don’t go looking)
– Coldplay at Soldier Field and K-Pop ‘farms’
– A special thank you to awesome people

…and much more!

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Piffcast: The ‘Game of Thrones’ S6 Review Special

If you aren’t caught up on Game of Thrones, go do that and then listen to our show.

TJ and Michael go ALL OUT THRONES for the 20th Piffcast episode, recapping and reviewing the entire epic 6th season. We bounce region to region, House to House, giving our 2 cents on every storyline and where we think they are going. Listen in for our favorite (and least favorite) episodes from Season 6, favorite characters, and ALL THINGS THRONES. 

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Piffcast: The Legend of Zelda and Cody Gough

Following the big news and exciting events from E3 2016 in Los Angeles, Cody Gough joined the show to discuss all the gaming highlights and lowlights. He tells you why Nintendo and Zelda blew everyone away, how he got into gaming, the consoles he grew up with and much more. You can hear Cody on WGN Radio and his podcast, ‘Game/Life Balance U.S.‘ (14:16 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

 

TJ and Michael also get into Fitbits, Wisconsin hangouts, illegal fireworks, Seinfeld tidbits, chord cutting, possible Emmy nominees and news on our “special” episode next week!

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Piffcast: Summer Goals, Second City and Martin Morrow

Standup Comedian, writer, and Second City actor Martin Morrow (Why? with Hannibal Buress, Last Comic Standing) joins the show. Martin talks about his journey in the Chicago comedy scene, how he applies his improv training to standup, writing sketches and jokes for sensitive audiences, and the effect social media has had on the industry. He also names his Second City “Mount Rushmore” and gives some advice for future professional comedians. (12:10 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

Meanwhile, Michael and TJ go through their goals for Summer. Plus what’s on TJ’s Spotify playlist, things Mike rationally and irrationally dislikes, and much more. It’s a good bit of fun.

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Piffcast: Saved by the 90’s Nostalgia Pop-Up Cafe

TIMEOUT!

Listen as we take you on a “wild ride” of Game of Thrones reactions, Lord of the Rings comparisons, Ghostbusters needing better NBA Finals promotion, TJ’s men’s fashion rants, wedding registries, the Saved By the Bell pop-up diner in Chicago, other TV or movie restaurants we would like to try, and then some…

We also take a moment to discuss Muhammad Ali and the tributes to his life, career and impact over the weekend following his passing. Simply The Greatest.

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Predicting the 2016 Emmy Nominees (Part I) – Drama

I’ve joked in the past that this is the post-Breaking Bad era, though it doesn’t totally feel like it thanks to Better Call Saul. You could say it’s more of the post-Mad Men era, after Jon Hamm rode off into the sunset with as many Best Actor awards as he could grab. Come July 14th, we’ll see which of our favorite shows, actors and actresses are getting the credit that we know their due.

Emmy voting will begin June 13th, as the networks and streaming services had from March 28th until May 2nd to make submissions. To qualify for this year’s Emmys, a show had to air from June 1st of 2015 to May 31st, 2016. This is why it feels weird when shows from last summer (forever ago) are nominated or may feel looked over from this past year. That’s why Mr. Robot Season 1 will be considered as well as HBO’s Show Me A Hero miniseries.

To prepare for the announcements coming in the middle of July, let’s speculate on which titles and whose names will be called as 2016 Emmy Nominees. Since there are 18 different categories, we’ll break the predictions up into 3 different “Parts” – Drama, Comedy, and Limited Series/TV Movies/Variety Shows. We’ll also determine the number of nominees based on last year’s total per category.

Beginning with the Drama Categories…

Outstanding Drama Series 

Game of Thrones (HBO)

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Last year’s winner has put together a very good follow up season. It’s filled with the twists and heartache that you’ve come to know Game of Thrones by, but also many more “wins” that viewers don’t normally get. HBO’s most popular show is just a few more years from wrapping up, there are more answers than questions and that’s been very satisfying.

Better Call Saul (AMC)

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The sophomore season of the Breaking Bad spinoff has established itself as something completely different from its predecessor, and it’s even better than the first. Whereas Breaking Bad was a suspenseful crime thriller, Better Call Saul is a slower paced Law Dramedy with some elements of the original series. Who knew such a hit show could be developed around a smaller supporting character like Saul, carried by comedic actors (Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean)?

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The fourth season of House of Cards felt like a much needed rebound from the third. Part of the suspense of this show is that you always fear the worst for anyone who gets in Frank Underwood’s way. The tearing down and rebuilding of his relationship with Claire, plus the relevance of an election campaign were especially compelling.

Mr. Robot (USA)

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Mr. Robot’s pilot episode was one of the best in recent years. It was an honest look into the world of hacking, not the superficial “CW spin” or goth look with a strand of hair dyed a different color. The show remained suspenseful and worth watching thanks to the performance of Rami Malek as the ultimate introvert protagonist, which cut through many of the pretentious themes and the blatantly “Fight Club” ripoff. It was still very refreshing and helped legitimize a network that really needed a hit.

Narcos (Netflix)

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Narcos was one of the big surprises of 2015 and had similar storytelling that you’d find in a Scorsese film. Even if most of the dialogue was in subtitles, you could argue that the action and acting helped make this take on the life of Pablo Escobar one of the most suspenseful show’s of the year.

The Americans (FX)

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For years, The Americans has been one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television but has only received two Emmy nominations, one for writing and a win for Margo Martindale’s guest appearance. With Mad Men finally ineligible and Homeland having a weak season (in my opinion), it seems to be now or never for the Russian Spy/Cold War thriller.

Downton Abbey (PBS)

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It was the farewell season. Has to be nominated, right?

Also Consider: 

Billions

 A personal favorite with some of the best writing this year. 

Horace and Pete

Louis C.K.’s web-drama. He didn’t feel he needed to promote it until he noticed nobody was watching it. You’ll be glad if you do.

Homeland

If so, it’ll be by reputation and not merit. Last year was not a good followup to a great 4th season. 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress

Robin Wright, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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Every year I try to predict this category, I go with Robin Wright (and usually lose). You could make an argument that her character shined even more than the iconic Frank Underwood this season.

Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’ (CBS)

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One of network television’s biggest hits in recent years also said farewell, The Good Wife, and their leading lady literally got slapped in the face (on the show). Hopefully the 12-time nominee will get some love from the Emmys make that feel better.

Tatiana Maslany, ‘Orphan Black’ (SyFy)

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There’s a lot to be said for an actress who plays as many characters as you can count on your hand, and you forget that each one is the same person…and also clones. I just recently jumped on the Orphan Black bandwagon and I get the hype now.

Krysten Ritter, ‘Jessica Jones’ (Netflix)

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In a world (movie trailer guy voice) where superheroes dominate the box office, they also have begun taking over the small screen as well. Netflix expanded the Marvel universe and is doing it the best on television with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The latter has received more acclaim and credibility because of Krysten Ritter’s performance as the whiskey drinking, super-strength wielding private eye.

Eva Green, ‘Penny Dreadful’ (Showtime)

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I am unsure if there is an actress on television right now as scary as Eva Green in Penny Dreadful. She has this unbelievable ability to be so warm and then so terrifying in a blink of an eye. It’s about time she got some love for it.

Viola Davis, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ (ABC)

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Last year’s winner has clearly brought her Oscar nominated acting chops to TV and could be carrying the mantle for network representatives as Margulies seems to be putting it down…for now.

Also Consider:

Claire Danes, ‘Homeland’

I have no doubt she will snag one of the nominations from my predictions above, since she’s been nominated each of the last 4 years. Carrie Mathieson needs some new life, and thankfully the series is taking a year off to find it. 

Taraji P. Henson, ‘Empire’

Nobody puts Cookie in the corner.

Olivia Wilde, ‘Vinyl’

Olivia Wilde really did the best she could with a script that didn’t give her character enough credit. Hope they right that wrong in Season 2. 

Outstanding Lead Actor

Bob Odenkirk, ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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I love that Bob Odenkirk is where he is now. Comedy is one of the hardest things to do for an actor, and he’s a master of that. So it’s no surprise he’s turned the creation of Saul Goodman into something we all can’t seem to get enough of.

Kevin Spacey, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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You can imagine Spacey will be a staple in this category for as long as House of Cards is running. It’s very interesting how the character has aged in such a short span, but that may be the point the show is making with the “reality of being president”.

Rami Malek, ‘Mr. Robot’ (USA)

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Rami Malek makes Mr. Robot worth watching. He plays the role perfectly and keeps the viewer at edge with what will happen to him next.

Kyle Chandler, ‘Bloodline’ (Netflix)

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the newest season of Bloodline. It was too miserable for my taste, but Kyle Chandler’s acting was something worth rooting for. He presents John Rayburn’s fall from grace perfectly and it’s just so damn heartbreaking.

Liev Schreiber, ‘Ray Donovan’ (Showtime)

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Ray Donovan has one of the best casts on television, but the title character is why you watch it. Schreiber was nominated last year for the role, but his best acting was certainly executed in the most recent…I’ll reference the Season 3 finale as enough evidence to earn Schreiber a surprise win.

Damien Lewis, ‘Billions’ (Showtime)

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Both leads in Billions, including Paul Giamatti, deserve nominations. They played off each other perfectly but if one of them has to be named, it should be Lewis. In a day and age where Wall Street is the Big Bad Wolf (another Scorsese reference), Lewis portrays a hedge fund antihero of sorts…or villain you can’t help but cheer for because he is so well written.

Also Consider:

Paul Giamatti, ‘Billions’ 

For the reasons above, but as a Federal Attorney.

Bobby Cannavale, ‘Vinyl’

I didn’t really like Vinyl as a show but Cannavale’s performance alone is enough to watch all 10 episodes of the first season…so is the music.

Wagner Moura, ‘Narcos’

His performance as Pablo Escobar is so unpredictable, just the slightest movement makes you jumpy over what will happen next.

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Uzo Aduba, ‘Orange is the New Black’ (Netflix)

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Last year, Uzo Aduba shifted categories, from comedy to drama, and won again. If you ask me, she’s the best thing Orange is the New Black has going and I probably wouldn’t be looking forward to the next season if it weren’t for her. The erotic novelist arc of “Crazy Eyes” in season 3 was the most entertaining part of the most recent season.

Lena Headey, ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

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Mark my my words, Lena Headey is going to get a win before Game of Thrones is over. She gives some of most powerful performances and scenes on TV’s most talked about show, and her character has gone from hatable to fan favorite in just a year’s span.

Christine Baranski, ‘The Good Wife’ (CBS)

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Christine Baranski has been nominated for each of the last six years and hasn’t come away with a win. She actually has 14 total and hasn’t won since 1995. Her character delivers the aforementioned “slap heard around the world” and is rumored to be getting a spinoff, so she must be doing something right.

Maggie Siff, ‘Billions’ (Showtime)

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Maggie Siff was an absolute scene stealer in the first season of Billions and went toe-to-toe with both of the leads. If there was a “hero” type character on the show, it’s hers and she deserves all the acclaim she gets for her performance.

Constance Zimmer, ‘UnReal’ (Lifetime)

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UnReal is Lifetime’s saving grace from the victim formula movies and bad “Real Story” biopics. Constance Zimmer is a big reason for that, showing you the reality of producing reality television. She could be the breakout that the network needs to be taken seriously.

Regina King, ‘The Leftovers’ (HBO)

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Regina King is one of my favorite actresses, who will likely be nominated again for her role in the American Crime anthology miniseries. She was a great addition to The Leftovers and represents a whole bunch of actresses who could easily fill this category if needed.

Also Consider:

Joanne Froggatt, ‘Downton Abbey’

It’s Downton victory lap.

Maggie Smith, ‘Downton Abbey’

Same reason.

Sissy Spacek, ‘Bloodline’

The story is not much to write home about but there are multiple times you almost expect the Carrie hellfire to rain down on those opposite her. Great acting.

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Peter Dinklage, ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

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Dinklage’s role hasn’t been prevalent as it was in the latest season, but the performance has still been nomination worthy (6 episodes in). Actually, the scene he has taming the dragons could put him over the top again, when push comes to shove. It was everything we’ve come to love about Tyrion Lannister as a character and more.

Jonathan Banks, ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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The Mike storyline in Better Call Saul has the familiar suspense and danger that we knew and loved from Breaking Bad. Jonathan Banks may be the biggest reason some fans love the show, and I wouldn’t blame them.

Jim Carter, ‘Downton Alley’ (PBS)

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Like many of the other Downton Emmy contenders I’ve mentioned, it’s victory lap time for the show. It would just feel wrong to leave the 4-time nominee out.

Joel Kinnaman, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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The Killing alum Joel Kinnaman deserved more credit for his performance on that show, and he proved to have even more range after joining House of Cards. He should be nominated alone for making a Republican candidate seem…*gulp*…relatable. Even if it is for a short time.

Alan Alda, ‘Horace and Pete’ (LouisCKNet)

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The role may have originally been written for Joe Pesci (as Louis C.K. has admitted) but what ISN’T Alan Alda good in? It’s kinda funny seeing Hawkeye from M.A.S.H. play a character who represents almost everything he hates.

Also Consider:

Michael Kelly, ‘House of Cards’

If Kinnaman isn’t nominated, Doug Stamper totally will be. 

Christian Slater, ‘Mr. Robot’

He’s riding a lot of momentum after winning a Golden Globe for the award. 

Ben Mendelsohn, ‘Bloodline’

Mendelsohn is turning out to be one of my favorite actors as of late. He may get nominated based on reputation but his character does nowhere near enough as he had in the first season. He’s more of a symbol than a player. 

Stay Tuned for “Part II – Comedy” coming soon. 

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep6 “The Ties That Bind”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

I’ll be honest, I wanted more blood from this episode. While the Stark children are making big waves around the Seven Kingdoms, the Lannister siblings seemed poised to finally get some revenge on the High Sparrow. Even Margaery seemed happy to see Jaime about to charge the temple with Tyrell soldiers, and then Tommen threw one of the biggest of c-blocks you could imagine. While the people of King’s Landing were cheering, nobody at home was.

Meanwhile…

Bran got a big save, Arya said “F that noise”, Samwell had a horrible homecoming, a few old faces made themselves relevant again, and Daenerys looks more empowered than ever.

There were more additions than subtractions to the already 60+ Power Rankings, so try to keep up!

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

Daenerys

Hard to dethrone Khaleesi when she’s only getting stronger and more empowered. She’s now determined to get her ships to move toward Westeros (which Euron can provide). As I suspected last week, she was also reunited with her strongest dragon. Add Drogon to her arsenal that includes 2 other dragons, her Khalasar, Unsullied, Second Sons, and more freemen.

Daario makes a great point too. Unlike the Baratheons and her own ancestors, Daenerys wasn’t made to sit on a throne. She’s a conquerer. The episode ends with another heart pumping speech to serve as further proof of that.

2. Night’s King (Previously 2nd)

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Even after Hodor held the door, Meera and Bran didn’t seem to get too far. With a mark on Bran, the Night’s King can always track him. He also has a nearly invincible and ever-growing undead army…I say “nearly” because we know several different ways that White Walkers and Wights can be defeated, including dragon glass, Valerian Steel and fire.

So anyone with dragons and Valerian swords have serious upgrades in value when Winter finally comes.

3. Bran Stark (Previously 4th)

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I chose this still because, come on…Bran’s drinking rabbit blood and not flinching over it.

Bran is down Hodor, Children, and his direwolf but has gained his Uncle Benjen and assumed the role of Three-Eyed Raven. After what appears to be some intense Binge Watching of “Game of Thrones” (history), Bran now knows almost everything he needs to and needs to work on controlling his powers. If Benjen is right, Bran is going to be the most important line of defense against the Night’s King.

4. Sansa Stark (Previously 3rd)

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Sansa is now in full army building mode and has some excellent recruiters out making the calls for her. With Brienne going to see the Blackfish, Littlefinger (and the Vail) clearly infatuated with her, plus Davos, Jon and Melisandre recruiting the rest of the North, Sansa’s name and story are the clear rallying point for everyone to unite against Ramsay Bolton.

5. Jon Snow (Previously 5th)

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#BroodingJon has the allegiance of Castle Black, the Wildlings and Sansa. He is also being supported by Stannis’s top 2 advisors, Davos and Melisandre. The whole “half-brother” thing still makes his relationship with Sansa feel a little less like a partnership, but it still should be.

6. High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

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Biggest power move of the episode was Tommen’s alignment with the High Sparrow. Given Tommen’s naivety and total lack of assertiveness, the High Sparrow has taken the reigns pulling the strings of the king and also has the obvious approval of the people. I’m still not sure what the people love about the Sparrows, but that situation does serve as an example for how powerful religious propaganda can be in this world…especially for Tyrion in Meereen.

7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)

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For now, Tyrion has made all the right moves to keep Meereen standing in Daenerys’s absence. There are still detractors, and some suspicious within his own council (Missandei and Grey Worm) but enlisting Kinvara to smooth over the tension with the Meereen freemen should help. The sooner Daenerys gets home, the better.

8. Queen Margaery (Previously 30th)

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I think we know that Tommen doesn’t make the alliance with the High Sparrow if Margaery doesn’t tell him to. The move doesn’t go over well for her father, grandmother or mother-in-law, but it certainly helps her avoid atonement and reasserts her power with Tommen and the people of King’s Landing. Based on what she told Tommen, I don’t think the situation bodes well for Loras at all.

9. Cersei Lannister (Previously 6th)

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Cersei has this unreal ability to look in control when things crumble around her. She calms down Jaime, although I would’ve loved to see him go all Tombstone Wyatt Earp on the Sparrows, and seems to be very confident in her Trial by Combat odds. The “Us against the World” mantra she has with Jaime certainly suggests she doesn’t care what happens if Tommen gets in her way either.

10. Brynden Tully (Previously NR)

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All of a sudden, “The Blackfish” has become the hottest name in 3 different houses. The Starks, Lannisters and Freys are all concerned with his allegiance and his influence in the North. Walder Frey wants the Riverlands, which Brynden has control of. Sansa and Jon are family and need him when raising their army against Ramsay. Then there’s Jaime, who is being sent on an errand to make sure he does what the Freys say.

11. Benjen Stark (Previously NR)

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Game of Thrones has been very good this season about starting episodes off with something big. This time, Benjen saved the day with some impressive firepower and skills to clear out a Wight attack on Bran. As he tells it, Benjen is a product of the Children trying to right their wrong of creating White Walkers. He was saved the same way they were made, and seems to have developed some of the same fireball throwing skills as the Children. There’s a lot he can teach Bran and Meera too, while also protecting them.

12. Brienne (Previously 15th)

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Also heading to the Riverlands, besides Jaime and the Freys, is Brienne and the Starks’ chances of winning this war ride on her convincing Tully to help them out. Brienne has Jaime’s respect and his sword, Oathkeeper.

13. Ser Davos (Previously 8th)

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As we’ve seen in the past with his pirate friends, Davos is an expert recruiter. Brienne and maybe Sansa may have their doubts about him, but there’s nothing we’ve seen to suggest Davos would turn on the Starks. Davos also seems to have a clear understanding of the real threat to humanity (the White Walkers) and that’s strong enough motivation for him to help unite the North.

14. Kevan Lannister (Previously 31st)

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Well, at least one Lannister is getting his way…Kevan seems to have drawn a clear line between he and his niece and nephew. He also likely had a good feeling his son, Lancel, wasn’t going to come out of Tyrell-Sparrow battle alive. As of now, The Sparrow is in Tommen’s head and Kevan is carrying out their orders.

15. Petyr Baelish (Previously 19th)

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As #TeamStark and #TeamRamsay compete in the arms race for the North, Littlefinger is still the wild card with the Vail’s army. I still have a hard time seeing him go against Sansa though.

16. Varys (Previously 20th)

Varys

Varys sassiness forever. Like Tyrion, he can’t wait for Daenerys to get home. When she returns to Meereen, we’ll have a better idea of what his role in her leadership will be. If Varys is as trusted as he hopes he is, he could reassert himself as winning the “central intelligence” battle with Baelish.

17. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 18th)

Euron

Daenerys wants boats? Euron’s got boats.

18. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 17th)

Ramsay

Another Ramsay-less episode! Woo!

19. Jaime Lannister (Previously 8th)

Jaime

Jaime takes a tumble for losing his standing with Tommen and title as Lord Commander. That doesn’t seem to deter him from wanting to lead the Lannister army, and ironically his interests may align with those he was originally at war with…Ramsay cut ties with the Lannisters by taking Sansa as his wife to make a move on the North. Why should he care if the Blackfish takes sides against the Freys and Boltons then?

His concern is making Dorne and the High Sparrow pay, so readying the soldiers he has wearing his family’s emblem to take them down seem to be the best course now. I also see Brienne playing a role with what goes down at the Riverlands as well.

20. Drogon (Previously 40th)

Drogon

He’s baaaaaaaack…Don’t you love the attention to detail Game of Thrones pays to dragon anatomy too?

21. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Zombie Mountain

#UnleashTheMountain already!

Sidenote: How crazy would it be if the High Sparrow had The Hound all rehabilitated and ready to use in the Trial by Combat?

22. Tormund (Previously 16th)

Tormund

In the arms race for taking the North, Tormund has to convince his own people to follow Jon into battle and I think it’s clear he will.

23. Melisandre (Previously 14th)

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Melisandre’s been quiet since bringing Jon back to life, but she is dedicated to helping him take Winterfell back. When recruiting goes down with the other Northern houses, you could imagine her sorcery and talents for persuasion will help in the effort.

24. Kinvara (Previously 21st)

Kinvara

We still don’t know the extent of Kinvara’s powers but we know they are very significant to what happens next. Until we see her and her priestesses in action, she’s going to tentatively hangout behind Melisandre in the rankings. If the Sparrow can get the people of King’s Landing and the King of Westeros to follow him based on religion, what will Kinvara be able to accomplish in Meereen with Daenerys?

25. Ser Jorah (Previously 9th)

Ser Jorah

I still feel very strong about Jorah going to the Citadel to get cured and a possible team-up with Samwell. That’s all speculation, but at least we know how motivated he is to get better now.

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

Tommen

Dance, Puppet King. Dance.

27. Daario Naharis (Previously 24th)

Daario

Mine suspicions that Daario helped the Sons of the Harpy organize against Daenerys (for the right price) remain, but he seems to get why she is so powerful. He’s also her second in command, at least until she reaches Meereen. If he’s smart, he stays on the winning side here. I think he’s incredibly smart, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

28. Arya Stark (Previously 34th)

Arya

I’m just so happy Arya is done fighting with sticks…and that she has Needle back. Being at odds with Jaqen and Waif may not be ideal, but at least she made a decision for the kind of person she wants to be. She saw no good reason to kill Lady Crane, so she prevented it from happening. She may be on her own again, but she’s more dangerous now after her training.

29. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 25th)

Edd

If Bran has to face the Night’s King at the wall, Lord Commander Edd will likely be there to help.

30. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 27th)

Rhaegal and Viserion

Daenerys seems to share a strong bond with Drogon than she does her other two dragons, and she isn’t as in control of Rhaegal and Viserion after chaining them. Good thing Tyrion found a connection with them…

31. Wun Wun (Previously 23rd)

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As it stands, Wun Wun is the biggest weapon in the Stark army.

32. Ghost (Previously 28th)

Ghost

Wun Wun may be the biggest, but Ghost could very well be the deadliest. He also has some siblings to get some revenge for.

33. Bronn (Previously 54th)

Bronn

WE FOUND BRONN! At least we did in the teaser for next week’s episode…Bronn has proven to be the most useful weapon for both Lannister brother and that should remain true after Jaime gives him “the biggest bag of gold” ever. Jaime seems intent on putting a dangerous group of assassins around him and Cersei to get their revenge, and apparently Bronn knows some.

34. Samwell Tarly (Previously 52nd)

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This was a huge episode for Sam. He went home, hoping Gilly and baby Samwell would be safe. He took a verbal beating from his father, was practically disowned, and then figured out that neither would probably be as safe as promised. The best thing he could do was bring the ones he loved with him and keep them safe by taking Heartsbane with them. Again, anyone with Valerian swords or dragons are better off than those without them.

35. Meera (Previously 29th)

Meera

Meera joins an elite group of White Walker killers that includes Jon Snow…and Samwell Tarly. I’m still very confident that some Reed history will repeat itself and she will help Bran like her father helped Ned.

36. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 22nd)

Jaqen

Jaqen’s mysteriousness is wearing thin. Sending Waif after Arya either seems lazy or like another test for his once-blind pupil.

37. Gilly (Previously 51st)

Gilly

Hey Gilly, hey….!!!

Her outburst on Sam’s father was awesome and probably the catalyst for him to rebel against him. You have to love her honesty and also her love for Sam.

38. Missandei (Previously 32nd)

Missandei

Missandei’s gotta love how big Daenerys’s leadership circle is getting…not.

39. Grey Worm (Previously 33rd)

Grey Worm

Where Missandei goes, so does Grey Worm.

40. Podrick (Previously 38th)

Podrick

Something big is about to go down at the Riverlands and Pod has a front row seat. Hopefully he does something else awesome to surprise us.

41. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 35th)

Yara

#TeamGreyjoy is in recovery mode. You would think they will be running into another one of our favorite characters while they do.

42. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 36th)

Theon

Theon seems to know his way around Westeros and the other houses better than Yara, but for now he serves her. Still extremely useful for their comeback though.

43. Ellaria Sand (Previously 41st)

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Call me when Dorne is relevant again.

44. Tyene Sand (Previously 42nd)

Tyene

Like…

45. Nymeria Sand (Previously 43rd)

Nymera

…I…

46. Obara Sand (Previously 44th)

Obara

…said.

47. Qyburn (Previously 37th)

Qyburn

Qyburn’s focus is usually where Cersei’s is. Right now, that’s preparing The Mountain for her Trial by Combat coming soon.

 

48. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 10th)

Onella

Big fall for the Queen of Thorns. Her army was basically rendered useless at the steps of the High Sparrow Temple. Her own granddaughter helped make that happen. Now all she can do is sit and shame Cersei (from what we see in the preview for next episode). I don’t think she’s totally done yet though, but I don’t know what she can do until Cersei’s trial.

49. Melessa Tarly (Newbie)

Melessa

Melessa was really sweet when welcoming Sam and Gilly to the Tarly home. She also seems to have some major influence over Randyll, as she went into his decision to keep Gilly and baby Samwell there. I’m not so sure if she’ll be as understanding of Samwell taking them all, and the sword, with him though.

50. Randyll Tarly (Newbie)

Randyl

Well, he seems pleasant…

Randyll was definitely as awful as Samwell had advertised. He also has some Yul Brynner (The King and I) to him. With Heartsbane missing, his backwards-ass ways don’t stand a chance against White Walkers and he will also likely be looking to get it back from his now disowned son.

51. Walder Frey (Previousy NR) 

Walder Frey

Walder’s creepy old and murderous ass is still kicking, apparently. Like he said, House Frey is the laughing stock among all of Westeros. Frey also can’t be held in favor with anyone who pledged their allegiance to Rob Stark either. He has one ace in the hole, Edmure Tully, but will that be enough to sway The Blackfish?

52. Robin Arryn (Previously 45th)

Robin

Just waiting for his Uncle Petyr’s next request…

53. Yohn Royce (Previously 46th)

Royce

…just thankful not to be thrown through a moon roof.

54. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 47th)

Aeron

Someone get this guy a paddle boat.

55. Smalljon Umber (Previously 48th)

Smalljon

Dead to the Starks.

56. Harald Karstark (Previously 49th)

Karstark

Dead to everyone else in the North if the rest of his house goes Stark.

57. Rickon Stark (Previously 50th)

Rickon

Hang in there, little buddy.

58. Waif (Previously 39th)

Waif

Raise your hand if you think she meets Needle soon.

59. Talla Tarly (Newbie)

Talla

The sweetest…but what was that thing about the guy Samwell’s father wants her to marry? That seemed like some possible foreshadowing.

60. Dickon Tarly (Newbie)

Dickon

Samwell’s bro seems like a total Westeros Bro. Not necessarily a bad one, just a product of his environment. You wonder if he’ll be tasked to hunt for Sam (they talked a lot about hunting). If he does go after Sam, will pull the bow on his own brother?

61. Zanrush (Previously 53rd)

Zanrush

Let’s see what this guy and Kinvara’s priestesses can do upcoming episodes.

62. Septa Unella (Previously 56th)

Septa

You live to see another day, Septa…Jaime is coming soon though.

63. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

Lancel

…that goes for you too.

64. Lady Crane (Previously 58th)

Lady Crane

I don’t know how much Lady Crane we’re ever going to see again, but she was important enough to make Arya go against the House of Black and White.

65. Walder Rivers (Previously NR)

Rivers

The Blackfish owes this guy some payback…

66. Lothar Frey (Previously NR)

Lothar Frey

…him too.

67. Lhazareen (Previously 55th)

Lhazareen

We’ll see how highly Lhazareen is regarded when Daenerys returns to Meereen.

68. Izembaro (Newbie)

Izembaro

Might be the last we see of his Acting Troupe, but he is the one in charge of it.

69. Bianca (Newbie)

Bianca

What happens to Bianca now that Lady Crane knows she put a hit out on her? And does she get her money back for the job not getting done?

70. Edmure Tully ( NR)

Nephew Tully

I can’t even imagine what the Freys have been doing to this poor guy. He didn’t even want to get married!

71. Ser Loras (Previously 59th)

Loras

So Margaery sold him out…although I think he technically asked for that?

72. Mace Tyrell (Previously 60th)

Mace

MACE HAD HIS CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING OF SIGNIFICANCE AND HE LOOKED STUPID TRYING. I mean c’mon, someone had to lead his horse for him.

73. Maester Pycelle (Previously 61st)

Pycelle

*Louder Fart Noise*

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