Piffcast: Season Two Begins

After a 3 month hiatus, The Piffcast is back!

During that time…

TJ got MARRIED, the Cubs won the pennant, The Walking Dead returned, and a whole lot more happened. We talk about TJ’s wedding reception playlist, why Cubs fans hate Joe Buck (and Mike doesn’t), what made TJ quit Walking Dead BEFORE the Season 7 premiere, where Luke Cage ranks among the Marvel Netflix shows, and the totally off-the-rails tangents you come to expect from us.

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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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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep10 “Fire and Winter Are Here”

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.

This was a perfect season to start doing Character Power Rankings for Game of Thrones. The very first ranking started with Sansa Stark leading the pack. We had as many as 75 characters to rank at one point, and nearly everyone’s status was volatile throughout the season.

‘The Battle of the Bastards’ was followed up with a near perfect finale, giving Thrones fans even more payoff than killing off Ramsay Bolton. Cersei went “Nuclear Michael Corleone” on her opposers in King’s Landing. Varys proved again why he’s a master college football recruiter. Arya sent her regards to the Freys. R + L = J was confirmed. Petyr Baelish gave “The King of the North” serious side-eyes. And Daenerys made her move on toward Westeros.

Before we get to the final rankings of Season 6…

A farewell to SEVERAL long-running characters (some good, some terrible)

Queen Margaery – Last Ranked 19th

High Sparrow – Last Ranked 18th

King Tommen – Last Ranked 33rd

Kevan Lannister – Last Ranked 34th

Walder Frey – Last Ranked 40th

Lothar Frey – Last Ranked 55th

Black Walder Rivers – Last Ranked 56th

Lancel Lannister – Last Ranked 62nd

Loras Tyrell – Last Ranked 65th

Mace Tyrell – Last Ranked 67th

Maester Pycelle – Last Ranked 68th (DEAD last all season)

While you read the S6 Ep10 Power Rankings, listen in to The Piffcast’s review/recap of the entire season.  

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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Daenerys got a hold of our #1 ranking in Week 4 (ranked 22nd before then), after burning down the house (full of Khals), and never let go of it. She proved that she didn’t need her dragons to defeat her captors and recruited the entire Dothraki army in the process.

Almost every episode since then, Dany gave us a Tiger Woods fist-pump moment. She was reunited with Drogon. She wiped out the Masters fleet with all three dragons. She got her ships from Yara and Theon Greyjoy. And now she’s aligned with the Sand Snakes, Olenna Tyrell and their respective armies. Her dragons are also a potent weapon against the White Walkers, if they should meet in the near future.

Bow to your, Khaleesi.

2. Jon Snow (Previously 3rd)

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Jon knows as well as anyone that Sansa was why they defeated Ramsay and was more than willing to serve her as the Lady of Winterfell. However, it was the other lords of Northern houses who recognized that Jon was the man to unite them. The Free Folk warriors follow Jon because he saved them from Hardhome. Ser Davos is a believer in him, and in turn recruited Lyanna Mormont to rally the troops to follow Jon. Then we got the very emotional and powerful “King of The North” chant at Winterfell.

It’s also very likely that Daenerys will see Jon as the most worthy to wed her when she comes to Westeros, despite the likelihood that they are related (R + L = J).

3. Cersei Lannister (Previously 25th)

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Biggest power move of the finale, without a doubt, goes to Cersei Lannister. The entire open in King’s Landing wasn’t presented as a shock, but more a certainty that she would take her freedom and the crown back. Maester Pycelle being led to Qyburn’s lair, Lancel trapped with the Wildfire barrels, the High Sparrow staring blankly at Margaery as she knew she was beat…

It felt exactly like The Godfather, as Michael offed each of the conspiring mobsters against him. Consider Lancel as Mo Green in this scenario. Worth noting, though, is the irony of Cersei pushing Bran out a window to start the series and crippling him, but also pushing her last remaining son, Tommen, to jump out a window with her actions. And where does she get support from when EVERYONE outside of King’s Landing hates her? Euron?

4. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 4th)

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While it didn’t feel like he did much more than drink wine, nail some great one-liners and lose “lets make a deal” with the Masters, Tyrion established himself as potentially the 2nd most powerful person in the Seven Kingdoms. Tyrion applied his expertise in Westeros politics to bringing some peace and stability to Meereen, with diplomacy and propaganda. For a short time, it worked!

Despite his failure to maintain safety for Meereen, Daenerys trusts Tyrion the most and being named Hand of the King (after losing the title in King’s Landing to his father) was a huge moment for him. Expect him to use his diplomacy and past relationship with Sansa to help connect the two Houses.

5. Sansa Stark (Previously 2nd)

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Season 6 was Sansa’s Revenge Tour and it was wonderful. We saw he suffer so much for so long and it was amazing to see her get win after win after win…

While she does seem to understand that Jon isn’t the most savvy are capable of ruling, she does appear to respect and care for him. Having Littlefinger in her ear won’t make matters better though.

6. Arya Stark (Previously 17th)

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Arya went FULL Eric Cartman and Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) on Walder Frey and it was WONDERFUL. Having the ability of the Faceless-Men to disguise physical appearance and unreal assassin training makes Arya probably the most dangerous individual in Westeros. She’s on a pretty dark path and Cersei is left to go on her list…

Maybe a team-up with her siblings in Winterfell or reunion with the Hound will cool her down a little.

7. Varys (Previously 26th)

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In the Game of Varys vs. Littlefinger, it would appear Varys is winning. He made Daenerys’ forces even more fortified by adding the Martel and and Tyrell armies. His intentions have always been to do what’s best for the people of Westeros and being in the Mother of Dragons’ circle of trust is a good place to get that done.

Still curious how he’s able to teleport from Dorne to Dany’s side on a ship so quickly though (*cough* Thrones editors).

8. Jaime Lannister (Previously 6th)

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Jaime had one of the strongest arcs on the series, reclaiming both respect from others and himself. With his sister-lover on the Iron Throne, you can assume he takes the role as Hand of the Queen.

However he appears to be conflicted about it. Although he preached that Cersei would “burn down” everyone in her path, he had slain the Mad King for almost doing what she actually did. That will get awesomely awkward in S7.

9. Ser Davos (Previously 7th) 

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Ser Davos is the moral compass for the series, isn’t he? As he has pointed out time and time again, Davos came from nothing and has become righthand man to two different “Kings of the North”.

We saw Davos at his most vulnerable, as he pled the case to Jon not to trust Melisandre any longer. He was right too. Melisandre influenced Stannis and his wife to burn their innocent daughter alive for nothing. Davos was also ready to execute her and Jon showed some restraint by just banishing her. It was a situation that could have easily gone the other way, like Stannis would’ve done. It’s obvious that Jon trusts Davos though, as he should.

10. The Night King (Previously 8th)

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Inactivity for the past several episodes is why the Night King falls, but Jon is right…He brings the Winter and it is going to be here. How soon will the battle of the living and the dead happen though?

11. Bran Stark (Previously 12th)

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We have Bran to thank for finding out the truth about Jon and why Hodor became Hodor, but he will need to do more than information gathering to stop the White Walker army. The sky is the limit for the new Three-Eyed Raven and he seems to have accepted that.

12. Drogon/Rhaegal/Viserion (Previously 10th)

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Reunited and it feels so good…

Combined, we can now rope all three dragons together in the rankings, although Drogon is clearly the more developed of the trio. I don’t think Westeros is ready for this Jelly.

13. Petyr Baelish (Previously 5th)

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Ol’ Littlefinger got Friend-Zoned pretty hard by Sansa in Winterfell. It was also funny seeing him act all Billy Zabka leaning against the back wall while the other Lords chanted “King of the North”. His declaration of allegiance for House Stark with the Vale is crucial and it was apparent in the Battle of the Bastards. But we’ve always known that he wants to watch the world burn and he wants Sansa at his side while he does so.

14. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 13th)

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Yara is Daenerys’ new “Master of Ships” and has some serious support to take back the Iron Islands. Curious what her Uncle Euron will have to say and if he’ll team up with Cersei to maintain his rule.

15. The Mountain (Previously 16th)

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“This is your God now.”

Zombie Mountain is in his element now. Applying pain as he sees fit and carrying out the bloody will of Queen Cersei. He also has a helmet-less Darth Vader thing going when he takes his off.

16. Tormund (Previously 11th)

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The sooner the rest of the North gets onboard with Tormund and his Free Folk, the better. Meanwhile…

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Soon, Tormund. Soon.

17. Lyanna Mormont (Previously 30th)

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Breakout star of the season? Breakout star of he season. Her rally speech and shade throwing at Winterfell establishes Lady Mormont as a real player in the North.

18. Qyburn (Previously 30th)

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Did Varys ever use his “little birds” like Children of the Corn? I thought it was perfect that Qyburn orchestrated Pycelle’s death, “to usher in the new”. He REALLY played his cards right sticking with Cersei.

19. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 47th) 

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Loved Olenna handing out shots to each of the Sand Snakes in Dorne. She has an army and revenge in her heart. Thankfully Varys is there to give her some direction to avenge her grandchildren.

20. Ellaria Sand (Previously 50th)

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FINALLY! Haven’t seen her or the Snakes since the premiere. Fun to see the women of the Seven Kingdoms unite with a common goal of finishing off Cersei.

21. The Hound (Previously 15th)

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The Mountain may be happy bringing the pain to King’s Landing but The Hound is still free to do whatever he wants. Ser Beric and the Brotherhood appear to have given one of the most dangerous men in Westeros some purpose too.

22. Grey Worm (Previously 14th)

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The last couple episodes really showcased Grey Worm’s value as a commander and tactician. Looking forward to see how he leads Dany’s army, with Daario being left in Meereen.

23. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 22nd)

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Theon’s sad puppy-face look is patent pending and seems to have a ways to go before he feels fully redeemed for his past transgressions. Supporting his sister and hopefully helping Sansa’s forces eventually should show his value in Season 7.

24. Bronn (Previously 32nd)

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If Jaime were to ever get full of himself again, Bronn would be there to tear him back down. Nobody’s better at roasting the Kingslayer and getting away with it. Wonder what his role will be in the new Cersei regime, but she is going to need every sword she can get when Daenerys makes her move.

25. Beric Dondarrion (Previously 27th)

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For fans of the book, Ser Beric’s presence and Arya’s murder party seem to cool down any expectations for Lady Stoneheart. Nobody has accepted their “reanimation” blessing quite like he has either.

26. Thoros (Previously 28th)

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Most effective of all the Red Priests, and probably most trusted too.

27. Missandei (Previously 24th)

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What is Missandei’s role now going to Westeros? Learning more about her background and seeing her handle own with a knife was big in S6. Being at Daenerys’ side on the ship toward Westeros gives her more value than most too.

28. Brienne (Previously 23rd)

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Hey, so…Where’s Brienne? Last we saw, she was fleeing the Riverlands from the Lannister, Frey and Tully armies. Hopefully she’s on her way back to Winterfell but I think she may find Arya first. That would help a lot in the “oathkeeping” quest.

29. Edd (Previously 35th)

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Bran’s best chance to getting within the Wall may be going straight to Castle Black, where Lord Commander Edd will be waiting.

30. Tyene Sand (Previously 51st)

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Only Sand Snake to not get roasted by the Queen of Thorns. I’ve also maintained that she is the most dangerous of her sisters. Could we get a rematch between her and Bronn when #TeamDany makes their move on Westeros?

31. Ghost (Previously 29th)

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Ghost seems to have gotten a nice long break, but he’s finally home with Jon at Winterfell.

32. Jaqen H’ghar (Previously 38th)

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I just assume Jaqen is sitting back watching Arya, like all is going according to plan.

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Yep, Jaqen is Mr. Burns.

33. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 38th)

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So Euron’s chances of wooing Daenerys just went to shit, huh? The Sabretooth-Liev Schreiber lookalike may be looking to align with Cersei in order to keep the Iron Islands at this point. I get a feeling he has more than that up his sleeve…

34. Daario Naharis (Previously 21st)

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Now Daario knows what it’s like to be Ser Jorah…

35. Benjen Stark (Previously 20th)

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Anyone else a little disappointed they didn’t get to see more Benjen in action? We’ll have to wait for the wall to come down before that happens, but he’ll be a valuable weapon to have when it does.

36. Jorah Mormont (Previously 42nd)

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Still think he’s heading to the Citadel…

37. Samwell Tarley (Previously 48th)

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…and will be teaming up with Samwell to get healed.

(PS. I wish someone would look at me the same way Sam looks at glorious libraries)

38. Meera Reed (Previously 45th)

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Hey Meera…How are you going to get Bran up the Wall? She’ll find a way. Definitely one of the bravest characters on the show to stick with Bran and protect him against Wights and White Walkers.

39. Wyman Manderly (Previously NR)

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Inspired by Lyanna’s speech, Wyman really get the “I’m Spartacus” chant going and it was epic.

40. Robett Glover (Previously 57th)

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Good for Robett, recognizing his mistake and asking for forgiveness. Also amazingly powerful in the “King of the North” scene.

41. Gilly (Previously 49th)

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I felt so bad when the Maester Librarian sassed Gilly, but it was pretty funny. It will be interesting to see how the Grand Maester receives her. Samwell has come this far with Gilly. Can’t see him giving up on her now.

42. Podrick Payne (Previously 46th)

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Pod’s learning some valuable combat lessons from Brienne. Hope to see him put those to use soon.

43. Nymeria Sand (Previously 52nd)

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“Do shut up, dear.” – 2nd best Olenna burn.

44. Obara Sand (Previously 53rd)

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“You look like an angry little boy.” – Absolute best Olenna burn.

45. Cley Cerwyn (Previously NR)

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Cley’s father was skinned by the Boltons and that kept him from supporting the Starks in the Battle of the Bastards. He was also pretty hesitant jumping on board at Winterfell, but that “King of the North” chant was pretty infectious.

46. Robin Arryn (Previously 36th)

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Does Robin even know his army left to fight for Sansa? Better question…Does he care?

47. Yohn Royce (Previously 37th)

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Yohn Royce is going to get over his views on “Wildlings” if he wants to hang with Jon Snow.

48. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 54th)

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Yara and Theon have some uncles to kill, and Aeron counts as one of them.

49. Kinvara (Previously 43rd)

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Kinvara’s introduction to Varys and Tyrion seemed much more important than her presence for the rest of the season. Her priestesses helped bring stability to Meereen and she’s very supportive of Daenerys. As the #1 Red Woman, she serves as some solid backup but will she get to showcase her talents in the near future?

50. Melisandre (Previously 44th)

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It’s tragic how much out of favor Melisandre fell from Jon, going from bringing him back to life to being banished. It was still a culmination and karma for the havoc she caused with Stannis, so don’t feel too bad. You can expect she’ll continue to help Jon from a distance, because she believes in him. She may be heading back to Kinvara now.

51. Melessa Tarly (Previously 58th)

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If only she could see Samwell in his new amazing library…

52. Randyll Tarly (Previously 59th)

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You get a feeling he would align with Cersei, if given the opportunity. He’s a jerk like that.

53. Talla Tarly (Previously 60th)

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Your  weekly reminder that Talla was hushed when mentioning the guy she is set to marry…and that might matter.

54. Dickon Tarly (Previously 61st)

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#BroDickon is gonna #BroDickon.

55. Edmure Tully (Previously 41st)

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Just when things were looking better for Edmure, he got put back in a cage…Did Arya let him out?

56. Yezzan zo Qaggaz (Previously 64)

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The weekly Masters poker game is going to feel a little more lonely for this guy.

57. Septa Unella (Previously 63rd)

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CONGRATS, Unella! You are the new “Ms. Irrelevant”, after Maester Pycelle farted his last fart.

Anyone too high or too low in this week’s rankings? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.  Checkout the Piffcast S6 Review Special and subscribe to the show on iTunes here!

More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

S6 Ep. 9 – “Tell Your People What Happened Here”

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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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep9 “Tell Your People What Happened Here”

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.

The penultimate episode of each Game of Thrones season is always one worth circling on your calendar. Ned’s death, Blackwater, The Red Wedding and “Watchers on the Wall” laid down the track record of anxiety inducing, reactionary video filming, edge-of-your-seat watching television.  “Battle of the Bastards” met the hype and was payoff for the longtime Game of Thrones fans who stayed loyal, after so many favorite characters were brutalized before their very eyes.

Two years ago, I went and saw “Watchers on The Wall” and “The Children” from Season 4 back-to-back in an IMAX movie theater. “Battle of The Bastards” should be getting similar treatment leading up to Season 7. How often did you catch yourself making involuntary noises from your couch? I cheered and screamed louder than I normally do watching my favorite football team play, it was that good.

Game of Thrones went Peter Jackson and maybe beyond with the quality of this battle.

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…and we thank them for it.

This week’s Power Rankings are made in Loving Memory of Wun Wun.

 

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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“Dracarys” is the new Mortal Kombat-style “Fatality!”

I did not expect the resolution to the siege in Meereen to come so quickly, but I’m very glad it did. We’ve waited 6 years to see the damage that Dany’s dragons could inflict and there it was on full display. While she and her babies provided the death from above, her Khalasar took care of the ground game by cleaning the streets stained by the Sons of the Harpy.

I also did not expect her to be so civil with Tyrion after the Masters went back on his deal. A year ago, she likely would have given Tyrion the “Jorah Treatment” and shunned him. She’s obviously grown to the people around her and trusting Tyrion’s expertise helps way more than hurts. Oh, and she now has her ships…

2. Sansa Stark (Previously 6th)

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Sansa’s “slow-walk and smile” while Ramsay’s dogs gave him a taste of his own medicine was even better than Beyonce’s “Lemonade” special.

After years of abuse and torture, Sansa is now the true Warden of the North. In a season full of big wins, Sansa’s was the biggest. And although Jon led the charge and fought like hell to reach Ramsay, it was Sansa’s raven to Littlefinger that made it all possible.

3. Jon Snow (Previously 5th)

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Jon disregarded Sansa’s advice by chasing after Rickon. He went heart first into battle, clearly without the numbers, and almost fell into another Ramsay trap. Yet he still cut down everyone in his path, survived the most claustrophobic situations ever, and beat the living shit out of that bastard in his own home.

If Jon already had a reputation for being the best swordsman in the North, imagine what people think of him now. Where will he turn his attention to now? Uniting the North? The Freys in Riverrun? King’s Landing?…Most likely Winter.

4. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 20th)

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Tyrion inherited a pretty awful situation when Daenerys left, and he pointed out to her what all he accomplished while she was gone…as the city was burning. The fact Daenerys still recognized it and took Tyrion’s advice before unleashing Hell on the Masters places him on a higher pedestal than either his siblings back at King’s Landing. Neither of them were second in command to a Dragon Queen.

Also appreciated the extra sass he threw Theon’s way. That stuff doesn’t get old.

5. Petyr Baelish (Previously 15th)

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Twice now Petyr Baelish has bailed Sansa out and helped defeat her abusers. His plan seems to be back on track. It’s kinda scary to imagine what the endgame is and that might be Sansa’s next issue. For the time being though, he has the Starks’ strongest weapon.

6. Jaime Lannister (Previously 3rd)

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Jaime being cast out from King’s Landing might be the best thing for him. He has his army, and alliance with the Freys (whatever that’s worth) and Riverrun. Walder’s toast in the teaser “The Freys and Lannisters send their regards” may prove to be a kiss of death though…for both houses.

7. Ser Davos (Previously 7th)

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Davos held his own in the battle and survived. He even sent the cavalry after Jon as he charged the 6,000 man army by himself. After the win, Davos doesn’t appear to be in the celebrating mood. After finding Shireen’s toy that he made for her, he’s put together the pieces of what Melisandre did before reaching Castle Black. He’s been in the spot before, with Stannis. Will Jon and Sansa side with Davos or will history repeat itself.

8. The Night King (Previously 2nd)

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There is a full understanding of how powerful the Night King is. Lack of action lets him slide a little after a big episode for the good guys. I doubt he’ll be on the down low for long…

9. Drogon (Previously 17th)

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Even just seeing Drogon in the distance before he crashed the Masters’ insult party made me cheer like the Bears won the Super Bowl. His bond with Daenerys showed just how deadly they both can be…

10. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 25th)

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…and even deadlier with these two.

11. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 19th)

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It was amazing how Tormund and his people looked ridiculously close to their end with the Bolton spears pointed at them, and then he’s beating Lord Umber’s ear off and stabbing him in the face an instant later.

12. Bran Stark (Previously 8th)

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While it’s good to be a Stark (for once), Bran knows firsthand that there’s a lot of work to do. The sooner he fully understands his powers, the better…for everyone.

13. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 49th)

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The next biggest power move to Sansa and Jon taking Winterfell back was Yara and Theon somehow getting to Meereen before Euron…and with 100 ships?! Where did they get 100 ships?

Yara went from being an outcast to the Iron Islands to being teamed up with the most powerful person in the Seven Kingdoms. She also was not shy about hitting on the Mother of Dragons either, which was charming.

14. Grey Worm (Previously 28th)

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Sweet psych out, Grey Worm. Giving the Masters’ soldiers a choice to go home was a nice touch too.

15. The Hound (Previously Previously 10th)

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I don’t know what Ser Beric has in store for The Hound, but it will likely involve lots and lots of violence. He also appears to be the only person the undead Beric fears too.

16. The Mountain (Previously 11th)

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Cersei’s not going down without fight against The High Sparrow and her own son, the King. As far as we know, he’s her best shot and he’ll take anyone out who gets in her way.

17. Arya Stark (Previously 13th)

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Arya’s going to be in for a pleasant surprise when she returns to Westeros. She’ll be able to use her family’s name too, at least in the North. 2 questions though:

  1. Where in Westeros is she heading?
  2. Are the Faceless Men following?

18. The High Sparrow (Previously 4th)

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I’ve kept The High Sparrow pretty high for a while this season. With the Starks back in power, Jaime getting stronger/more defiant, Daenerys being on her way and Cersei putting the Targaryen Wildfire to use…his power looks less and less impressive.

19. Queen Margaery (Previously 9th)

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Margaery is playing the long game with the High Sparrow and Tommen, and she’s still loyal to her brother. When shit hits the fan in the finale, will she get out of Cersei’s way or burn with the rest?

20. Benjen Stark (Previously 12th)

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Benjen would proud of what Jon has accomplished, ya know…getting laid, coming back from the dead and ENDING the Boltons. But his attention and particular set of skills are being directed toward the impending White Walker invasion. Understandable.

21. Daario Naharis (Previously 24th)

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You have to love Daario leading the khalasar into Meereen, chopping off Harpy heads right and left. His efforts have mostly eliminated all the doubt I had of his allegiance. Judging by the teaser for the finale, Daenerys is going to let us know her thoughts on the matter too.

22. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 50th)

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Theon’s been a solid “campaign manager” for  Yara, helping her team-up with Daenerys. He may have an even more important role though. When Daenerys makes her move on Westeros, Theon could help the cause because of her relationship with Sansa. Tyrion’s kindness to Sansa in the past would go a long way, but Theon endured Ramsay too.

23. Brienne (Previously 22nd)

Brienne

Good for Brienne that the Blackfish situation didn’t make or break the Battle of the Bastards. The Starks need allies now though, so she might want to hurry back to Winterfell before things escalate again.

Wait, Tormund’s going to be waiting there…She can take her time.

24. Missandei (Previously 35th)

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Loved how Missandei stood silent while the Masters discussed their “terms” and they planned to sell her again. She sat there knowing exactly how it was all going to go down and got to deliver the news to them that one (really two) of them were going to die. Then walking past the surviving Master, like he was nothing, was more than perfect.

25. Cersei Lannister (Previously 21st)

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Hell is coming to breakfast in King’s Landing, and Cersei is cooking up a storm of Wildfire…I hope.

26. Varys (Previously 25th)

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I would like to see where Varys intended to go to find help for Dany’s cause. I’m hoping it’s Winterfell, which would make for a funny reunion with Littlefinger.

27. Beric Dondarrion (Previously 30th)

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I am really hoping Beric gives the Hound some work before the season is up. There are two people who get brought back to life (as far as we know) on this show. Beric is the one who seems to get that more than Jon.

28. Thoros of Myr (Previously 31st)

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Of those capable of bringing people back to life, Thoros has the most practice…and he’s the least vague about his purpose too.

29. Ghost (Previously 33rd)

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I know a lot of people are upset that Ghost didn’t get to participate in the battle, but shouldn’t we just be glad he’s okay? It’s been a rough go for Direwolves this season and I do not think he would’ve faired well in real medieval battle.

30. Lyanna Mormont (Previously 36th)

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The “Lyanna’s Not Impressed” Meme definitely outdoes Obara Sand’s.

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31. Qyburn (Previously 42nd)

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Qyburn is just so excited to bring chaos to King’s Landing. Let’s just hope he’s there when Maester Pycelle goes down with it.

32. Bronn (Previously 32nd)

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Bronn’s on a pretty nice track right now, aligned with Jaime. I don’t think everyone’s particularly safe hanging with the Freys, but I trust him and Jaime to get out of most situations.

33. Tommen (Previously 26th)

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Tommen is king but he seems to have sealed his fate by turning on his mother. “The 7” can’t save you from a mother scorn.

34. Kevan Lannister (Previously 27th)

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What’s the average tenure for the Hand of the King on this show? Not particularly long, I don’t think…

35. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 45th)

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Edd has gotta be so glad that Jon won at Winterfell. Otherwise he would have a much tougher time defending the Wall and dealing with Ramsay.

36. Robin Arryn (Previously 37th)

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He didn’t seem to be present at Winterfell, alongside Littlefinger and Sansa, but his army did save the Starks from their doom.

37. Yohn Royce (Previously 39th)

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Also wasn’t seen on screen, but he is the Lord Commander of the Vale horsemen who came charging in like the Riders of Rohan.

38. Jaqen H’ghar (Previously 46th)

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The more I think about how Arya left the temple of the Many-Faced God, I become more convinced that everything went according to plan for the STILL mysterious Jaqen. The Faceless Men want to influence Westeros and Arya appears to be their weapon for it.

39. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 23rd)

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Seriously. You have the Iron Island fleet at your disposal and still couldn’t beat out your niece and nephew to Daenerys? Hard to believe that Euron will go down easily. Could be Big Bad in the next season.

40. Walder Frey (Previously 54th)

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Everything’s coming up Walder Frey these days, right? I have a feeling someone else will be sending “their regards” when all is said and done in the Season 6 finale.

41. Edmure Tully (Previously 29th)

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Edmure’s fortunes changed immensely after being let back into Riverrun. He is the Lord there, but how loyal are his men after he gave their castle up so easily?

42. Jorah Mormont (Previously 44th)

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I will continue to beat on this drum until something else happens:

A Jorah – Samwell/Gilly team-up is coming. Hopefully sooner than later so Jorah can get cured.

43. Kinvara (Previously 43rd)

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The High Priestess, who helped bring order back to Meereen, was MIA while it was being attacked. She believes in Daenerys and has seen visions of her rise to power. How much does Daenerys believe in her?

44. Melisandre (Previously 34th)

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Melisandre is about to face serious Davos shit-storm. We’ll find out how Jon handles the situation. He doesn’t appear as sold on “The Lord of Light” and destiny as Stannis was…even if it brought him back to life.

45. Meera (Previously 47th)

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Hope Meera learns a thing or two from Benjen. He should know her father very well, who fought alongside Ned.

46. Podrick Payne (Previously 48th)

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After hearing Pod refer to his training from Brienne, and some sneaky pointers from Bronn, you wonder if he’ll be applying that training before the season is over.

47. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 55th)

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Olenna knows that both Margaery and Cersei each have something planned when the trial happens. If she hasn’t left King’s Landing, it would be beneficial for her to play mediator to help them both. I don’t think she really cares what happens to Cersei though.

48. Samwell Tarly (Previously 51st)

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Samwell sword action needs to happen this week.

49. Gilly (Previously 52nd)

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I hope Gilly kept this dress.

50. Ellaria Sand (Previously 60th)

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The Sand Snakes helped start the season…

51. Tyene Sand (Previously 61st)

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…will they help close it?

52. Nymeria Sand (Previously 62nd)

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Will I ever get to update this photo?

53. Obara Sand (Previously 63rd)

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I’m never updating this one.

 

54. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 56th)

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Yara said she had some uncles to kill and Daenerys will happily oblige. That doesn’t bode well for Aeron.

55. Lothar Frey (Previously 58th)

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If the Frey party gets crashed, Lothar is surely going to die.

56. Walder Rivers (Previously 59th)

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Walder will die first though, and Jaime may be the one to end him…just because.

57. Robett Glover (Previously 53rd)

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So Robett…the Starks you turned your back on just won the Bastard Bowl. They are also the Wardens of your territory now.

This must be awkward.

58. Melessa Tarly (Previously 65th)

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We all know who wears the pants in the Tarly household…

59. Randyll Tarly (Previously 66th)

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…but I’m pretty sure Randyll sent a search party for Samwell.

60. Talla Tarly (Previously 67th)

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Your  weekly reminder that Talla was hushed when mentioning the guy she is set to marry…and that might matter.

61. Dickon Tarly (Previously 68th)

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#BroDickon is gonna #BroDickon.

62. Lancel Lannister (Previously 69th)

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This might be my third time predicting that Lancel is about to die. Third time’s a charm, right?

63. Septa Unella (Previously 64th)

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In a perfect world, both Margaery and Cersei get to beat the Septa down in the worst way possible.

64. Yezzan zo Qaggaz (Previously NR)

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“Tell your people what happened here.”

The fact Yezzan didn’t sellout one of his fellow Masters like they did to him is probably why he isn’t dead.

65. Ser Loras (Previously 71st)

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#ThoughtsAndPrayers for Lancel.

66. Harald Karstark (Previously 41st)

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We didn’t see Harald die in battle, right? If he didn’t die, he shouldn’t be doing to well in Stark captivity.

67. Mace Tyrell (Previously 72nd)

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Still supremely useless.

68. Maester Pycelle (Previously 73rd)

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Hopefully he farts for the last time in the season finale.

Anyone too high or too low in this week’s rankings? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.  Don’t forget to checkout The Piffcast, where we regularly discuss the show. We’ll be doing a Season Recap the day after the finale!

 

More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

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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