Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep7 “There Will Be Blood”

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.

When Game of Thrones elects to start an episode with a cold open, rather than their heart pumping theme, there’s usually a good reason for it. I’ve personally used my puppy emoji in texts and tweets way more than I had before thanks to the open. Unfortunately we had a short-lived experience with one HBO’s all-time great alums…

McShane of Thrones

This will not be the last we see of Ian McShane as he will be starring in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods coming to STARZ in 2017. If you love Thrones, I recommend giving Gaiman’s book a read and preparing for what should be an awesome TV adaptation. McShane will play Mr. Wednesday, and he may be the best actor for it.

But that’s not why you called…

#CleganeBowl is back on. Arya needs to get out of Braavos. Yara gets some. The Queen of Thorns throws serious shade. Jon and Sansa are on the recruiting trail. Oh, and Brynden Tully has zero Fucks to give. Also, FINALLY…A CASTLE WITH A MOAT!

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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Daenerys Stormborn remains Queen of the Rankings, even without an appearance this week. Daenerys’ reputation is growing rapidly, as we see Yara and Theon banking their futures on aligning with her to take back the Iron Isles. We know that she and her dragons are key to defeating “Winter”, that the high Red priestess believes has foreseen her rule, and her army is only growing. Which Greyjoy tandem will she choose to get her ships though…Euron & Aeron or Yara & Theon?

2. The Night King (Previously 2nd)

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The Night King is only referenced in the episode, but he is part of the compelling argument that Davos makes at House Mormont. Davos fully understands that it’s all of humanity vs. The Night King, and that’s why we hold him in lofty regard.

3. Bran Stark (Previously 3rd)

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Bran’s understanding of his powers is just getting stronger and Benjen is there to remind him how important that is.

4. Ser Davos (Previously 13th)

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Davos reminded us again how excellent a recruiter he is. When neither Jon or Sansa could convince Lady Mormont why she should put her people’s lives on the line for them, Davos did he his classic relatable thing and won her over. Despite snide remarks and glares from Sansa, she and Jon are much better off with his advisement than without it.

5. High Sparrow (Previously 6th)

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The High Sparrow is certainly in the catbird seat. He is the puppet master and Tommen is his, well…ya know, which makes him the most powerful man in King’s Landing. Pressuring Margaery to give Tommen an heir and threatening her grandmother though? We saw her pass the note to Olenna, and he seems to be underestimating Cersei. I don’t think he’ll be sitting pretty for very long.

6. Queen Margaery (Previously 8th)

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The circumstances are not ideal but Margaery is queen. She may have the Septa lurking over her shoulder and appears to have bought in to the High Sparrow’s ways, but I think she is much more cunning than that. I also don’t believe she has totally sold out her brother like she says she has.

7. Brynden Tully (Previously 10th)

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The Blackfish is the most important variable to Sansa and Jon’s fight against Ramsay. If he can somehow het past the Lannister and Frey forces, there is hope for the Starks to have a formidable army. His willingness to let Edmure die in order to keep Riverrun and to stand with his back to Jaime (who stabbed his king in the back) shows how tough and arrogant this S.O.B. really is.

8. Jon Snow (Previously 5th)

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Jon finally seemed back to rallying form when he spoke with the Free Folk. He was humble yet forceful and convincing when speaking to their leaders about fighting with him, which is what we’ve come to love about Jon. He was knocked back a bit after a tough grilling from young Lady Mormont and a full out rejection from House Glover. However, he is exactly why the Starks have the bulk of their army and he’s ready to take them into battle as soon as possible to get Rickon back.

9. Sansa Stark (Previously 4th)

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This wasn’t a great episode for Sansa. When trying to remind Northerners of how she was treated and their allegiances to House Stark, the response was not subtle. Both Mormont and Glover suffered when serving her brother Rob, so her assertiveness was not greeted too kindly. The sass she gave Jon over having Davos as an advisor and scoffing at their forces was not a great look either. One can assume though that the letter she is writing will be going to Petyr Baelish…who has Vale forces ready to assist.

10. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)

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Based on the next episode’s description, we’re going to find out how well his propaganda experiment went. It was a well-thought out and calculated move to gain the trust of Meereen, after dealing with Slavers. Hopefully the philosophy doesn’t clash with Daenerys’ wishes, but at least he has her two other dragons on his side…

11. Cersei Lannister (Previously 9th)

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As Olenna pointed out, Cersei is missing a lot of backup. She does have her Zombie Mountain, Qyburn and a Trial by Combat coming. I would also think that she and Queen Margaery have a common interest, or more of an “enemy of my enemy” type bond. I don’t doubt her success in the Trial and I think she’ll be getting the blood she’s wanted all season long.

12. Benjen Stark (Previously 11th)

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Benjen is now the key to Bran realizing his full potential. Hopefully Jon gets to see him too.

13. Brienne (Previously 12th)

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If House Tully is going to make it to help Sansa and Jon, Brienne has reach Brynden before Jaime does with a sword. Brynden knows Brienne from her service to Catelyn, and Jaime knows her well too. We see the Blackfish pull out his sword in her presence and Jaime does a lot of shouting in the teaser. Maybe she brings the two to an understanding, as Jaime did promise Sansa would be safe to Brynden’s niece…?

14. Petyr Baelish (Previously 14th)

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Based on the assumption that the raven Sansa is sending was intended for Littlefinger, the Vale increases her and Jon’s odds immensely. Petyr Baelish is full of surprises though. How do we know he won’t flip flop sides on her…again?

15. Jaime Lannister (Previously 19th)

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The backhand Jaime gave to Walder Rivers would make Djokovic proud. Like Cersei, Jaime is looking for blood but I don’t know if he really wants to do it on behalf of the Freys. He clearly doesn’t respect them, and he’s even less inlined to serve either Tommen or The High Sparrow.

Something that has always struck me about Jaime though, despite his incest issues, is how important honor is to him. With Brynden out in the open and having his back turned, Jaime could’ve ended the whole dispute with a quick pull of his sword. Nope. That’s not how Jaime rolls.

16. Varys (Previously 16th)

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Since we last saw Varys, he was getting burned bad by Kinvara. At this point, he’s still Tyrion’s most trusted advisor in a city they rule and he knows more about everything than anyone else. Will Kinvara keep terrorizing him though? She seems to know a bit too much about him.

17. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 17th)

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Euron has a leg up on Yara and Theon getting to Daenerys. He obviously knows her reputation better from his travels and he is the one with access to building ships since he wears the crown. He has a Ramsay-esque screw loose and arrogance too that might not go over well with the Mother of Dragons.

18. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 18th)

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This is a nice streak of Ramsay-less episodes.

19. Tormund (Previously 22nd)

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I can’t wait to see Tormund back in battle. I don’t understand the”Southerner” prejudice toward him and his people. They’re too respectful to hate. He did some nice rallying for Jon too with the other Free Folk leaders.

20. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

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Mountain…Smash! From what we see in the teaser, THAT’s finally coming.

21. Sandor Clegane (Previously NR)

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Welcome back, Sandor Clegane!

I feel much better about predicting his return for the last few weeks. Here we find The Hound trying to be civilized and peaceful. How can’t you be with Ian McShane? Then after he felt sort of at home and helpful, some jerks kill his new friends and he’s out looking for blood.

There have been predictions that #CleganeBowl, the battle of the brothers, will be Cersei’s Trial by Combat. I think he has other unfinished business to take care of first, regarding the Brothers Without Banners who slaughtered his community, and the Trial is coming too soon for him to be making an appearance in King’s Landing.

22. Kinvara (Previously 24th)

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Meereen’s Secretary of Propaganda is going to show us her stuff this coming week and I’m only curious how Daenerys feels about someone manipulating her people. We do know she’s very powerful though, considering she’s #1 on the Red Woman depth chart.

23. Drogon (Previously 20th)

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Death from above.

24. Wun Wun (Previously 31)

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“Snow.”

He speaks! What would have his colleagues have done if he didn’t agree to help Jon though?

25. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 30th)

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Pumped for the family reunion.

26. Daario Naharis (Previously 27th)

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I assume Daario will rank pretty high in Daenerys’ army when they return to Meereen. He’s really going to hate Euron though.

27. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

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Who is Tommen rooting for in the Trial by Combat? If his balls would drop, there wouldn’t even be one.

28. Jorah Mormont (Previously 25th)

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After seeing more House Mormont, I would love to see Jorah get back home to help their cause. He seems a bit far away though and I’ll maintain that he’s going to be crossing paths with the Maesters at the Citadel to cure his greyscale.

29. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 29th)

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If Bran’s coming to the Wall, he’s going to want Commander Edd’s help…who has also seen the White Walkers in action.

30. Melisandre (Previously 23rd)

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Melisandre has been in multiple episodes in a row now with zero impact since bringing Jon back to life. Whenever she’s ready to do something cool again, I’ll be waiting.

31. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 36th)

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What’s Jaqen’s plan for Waif, since she didn’t kill Arya quickly like he ordered? There is a theory that Waif is basically a figment of Arya’s imagination. If that’s true, then Jaqen’s powers are crazier than even I thought.

32. Bronn (Previously 33rd) 

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“A Lannister always pays his…”

“Don’t say it. Don’t fucking say it!”

Missed you, Bronn.

33. Ghost (Previously 32nd)

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If Ramsay dies, I want Ghost to at least get a bite of him.

34. Lyanna Mormont (Newbie)

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Who didn’t love this “talk to the hand” moment? She may have just 62 fighters, but Lyanna is more assertive and mature than any of the characters we’ve seen at her age. She also comes off as a responsible leader with her people in mind first. Davos made the best argument of all to recruit her as well, “the living vs the dead”.

35. Missandei (Previously 38th)

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Daenerys’ circle of trust is going to be pretty crowded when she gets back.

36. Grey Worm (Previously 39th)

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Grey Worm has some rage to unleash. Have not seen him swing his spear yet all season.

37. Ollenna Tyrell (Previously 48th)

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At least Olenna is finding joy in something, even if it’s Cersei’s failures. I don’t think she’s leaving King’s Landing quite yet without Cersei’s help.

38. Robin Arryn (Previously 52nd)

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If Sansa is writing for Littlefinger’s help, then that makes Robin Arryn and his moon roof relevant again.

39. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 41)

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Good for you, Yara. Happy she’s able to have “love” for a short bit before going on a mission that could get her killed. Maybe don’t tell the person who has your back the most to kill himself though…

40. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 42nd)

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One question: If Theon is missing his manhood, where does all the ale he’s chugging go? Oh wait…grosssssss

41. Dim Dalba (Newbie)

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I had no idea how tall this guy was until he walked up to brace forearms with Jon.

42. Meera (Previously 35th)

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Being on Team Bran isn’t the safest, but it might be the most important place to be.

43. Samwell Tarly (Previously 52nd)

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How soon will Sam put his family’s sword to use?

44. Gilly (Previously 37th)

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Does Gilly just keep wearing the dress wherever she goes and does Talla want it back?

45. Podrick (Previously 40th)

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I know Podrick-Bronn is the reunion we’ve all been waiting for.

46. Arya Stark (Previously 28th)

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GET OUT OF BRAAVOS ALREADY!

47. Waif (Previously 58th)

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Waif is totally going to regret not killing Arya when she had the chance. If she’s a Fight Club/Mr. Robot ripoff though, I’ll be pretty disappointed.

48. Septa Unella (Previously 62nd)

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Septa moves up for still having some authority over Margaery, but I share Olenna Tyrell’s sentiments.

49. Yohn Royce (Previously 53rd)

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If Petyr is coming to save the day for the Starks, Royce has his chance to redeem himself for selling Sansa out.

50. Qyburn (Previously 47th)

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Besides prepping The Mountain, Qyburn also gathers intel and should have some tricks up his sleeve when things get hairy for Cersei in King’s Landing.

51. Robett Glover (Newbie)

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While I can’t condone his bigotry toward the Free Folk, he makes good points not wanting to jump into battle with Jon and Sansa. He saw this movie before with Rob, and he won’t put his people in danger without better odds.

52. Ellaria Sand (Previously 43rd)

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So we just gave up on the Sands entirely after the premiere, huh?

53. Tyene Sand (Previously 44th)

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I mean…

54. Nymeria Sand (Previously 45th)

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…what was the point of killing the Martels then?

55. Obara Sand (Previously 46th)

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Seriously.

56. Lem Lemoncloak (Newbie) 

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Representing Brothers without Banners, the dude in the putrid colored cloak led a raid to kill a whole bunch of innocent and defenseless people. However, this may open the door to the return of ANOTHER character that we thought was dead…

That’s all I’ll say.

57. Melessa Tarly (Previously 49th)

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Melessa may be the last line of defense between Randyll and her son. Not sure how sympathetic she is after he left without saying bye though…

Kidding, she seems compassionate.

58. Randyll Tarly (Previously 50th)

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He’s, um, pleasent.

59. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 54th)

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How pruney are this guy’s fingers and feet after being in water so much?

60. Walder Frey (Previously 51)

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Creepy ass old man, whose sons can’t even conduct a proper siege.

61. Rickon Stark (Previously 57th)

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Anyone else worried that Rickon isn’t okay?

62. Smalljon Umber (Previously 48th)

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Is Smalljon code for something?

63. Harald Karstark (Previously 56th)

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…still wonder if the Karstarks flip, like Sansa suggested.

64. Lancel Lannister (Previously 63rd)

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 He leads the evil agents of the faith, but he’s going to be praying to anyone else who will listen when the Mountain gets to him.

65. Talla Tarly (Previously 59th)

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

66. Dickon Tarly (Previously 60th)

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Unfortunate name, bro.

67. Zanrush (Previously 61st)

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This man has seen some things.

68. Lady Crane (Previously 64th)

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Ive cut out the rest of her acting group, but the hit on Lady Crane affected Arya enough to go rogue…

69. Walder Rivers (Previously 65th)

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How does the back of Jaime’s hand taste?

70. Lothar Frey (Previously 66th)

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The less assertive of the Frey douches.

71. Lhazareen (Previously 67th)

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Wonder how she’ll feel about Meereen.

72. Ser Loras (Previously 71)

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Everybody but Cersei and Olenna has abandoned him…Maybe Margaery hasn’t either.

73. Edmure Tully (Previously 70th)

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Edmure, on the otherhand, was totally bailed on by Brynden. Sorry, dude. At least Jaime is getting him bathed and fed.

74. Mace Tyrell (Previously 72nd)

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Still worthless.

75. Maester Pycelle (Previously 73rd)

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Why is he still here? Seriously.

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. 

 

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”

Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep.5 – “What Willis was Talking About”

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.

There isn’t much you can say after one of the most powerful scenes in the entire series takes place.

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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

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Hodor.

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Release the behemoth already.

12. High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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#WildlingFlirting at its finest.

17. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 15th)

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Gotta love the relief of a Ramsay-less episode.

18. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 33rd)

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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)

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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)

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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) 

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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)

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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)

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I can’t wait for more Wun Wun gifs, honestly.

24. Daario Naharis (Previously 18th)

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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)

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I loved the Lord Dolorous Edd’s “oh shit, I’m in charge” moment.

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

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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)

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Ready the dragons! Momma’s coming home.

28. Ghost (Previously 32nd)

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Ghost has ANOTHER sibling to avenge, ugh. Dammit. That was pretty brutal.

29. Meera (Previously 49th)

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MEERA CAN KILL WHITE WALKERS! HOLY SHIT! See what happens when you get off your freezing ass…

30. Queen Margaery (Previously 54th)

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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)

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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)

Missandei

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)

Greyworm

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

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)

Yara

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)

Theon

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)

Qyburn

Think Qyburn’s got some tricks to share with the Lannisters and Zombie Mountain for their upcoming raid?

38. Podrick Payne (Previously 37th)

Podrick

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)

Waif

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)

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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)

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Call me when Dorne is relevant again.

42. Tyene Sand (Previously 40th)

Tyene

Like…

43. Nymeria Sand (Previously 41st)

Nymera

…I…

44. Obara Sand (Previously 42nd)

Obara

…said.

45. Robin Arryn (Previously 43rd)

Robin

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)

Royce

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)

Aeron

Way to help your niece and nephew out when Euron called for the “murder party”, jerk.

48. Smalljon Umber (Previously 45th)

Smalljon

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)

Karstark

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)

Rickon

Hang in there, little buddy.

51. Gilly (Previously 52nd)

Gilly

I get a bad feeling Gilly is going to be pissed with Sam when she meets his family.

52. Samwell Tarley (Previously 53rd)

Samwell

For the reason above…sorry, Sam.

53. Zanrush (Newbie)

Zanrush

I have no idea what this guy’s importance is, but being Kinvara’s guy could have some perks.

54. Bronn (Previously 55th)

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Can we put Bronn on a milk carton now? File for missing person’s or something?

 

55. Lhazareen (Previously 50th)

Lhazareen

Still waiting on the Missandei jealousy stare.

56. Septa Unella (Previously 58th)

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She’s so dead…

57. Lancel Lannister (Previously 59th)

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…him too.

58. Lady Crane (Newbie)

Lady Crane

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)

Loras

Broken.

60. Mace Tyrell (Previously 61st)

Mace

Useless.

61. Maester Pycelle (Previously 62nd)

Pycelle

*Fart noise*

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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”

Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

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.

Don’t lie. Hearing the Game of Thrones theme raised your blood pressure a little bit and you were pumped for the next 2 months of action.

The season premiere picked up where Season 5 left off. We got some closure on Jon Snow. Big things are coming for Sansa. Dorne belongs to the Sand. The Lannisters vs. The World. Meereen has smoke on the water. Daenerys goes back to basics. Arya’s got some work to do. Melisandre is, well, you know the Danny Glover quote…

In just one episode, there was a ton of shakeup from the Pre-Season Thrones Rankings. As more of our favorite characters enter the fold, I imagine that will continue next week. For now, though…here are your S6 Week 1 Rankings.

1. Sansa Stark

Sansa

I’m not sure if there’s a character who has suffered as much as Sansa has over the course of the series. She watched her father get beheaded, endured the Joffrey thing, survived a marriage to Ramsay (you know what happened), then after loads and loads of disappointment, she got a HUGE win. Wins don’t come easy on this show.

As it was mentioned in Season 5, then reinforced by Roose Bolton in his convo with Ramsay, the North is prepared to unite for Sansa. They NEVER FORGET and now that she’s out of the Bolton’s grasp, it may be time for her to build her legion. Having the heir to the Greyjoys and Brienne by her side doesn’t hurt either.

2. Brienne of Tarth

Brienne

Piggybacking on Sansa’s momentum, Brienne waited for 2 seasons to fulfill her promise to Catelyn Stark. She got her revenge on Stannis and clearly has some serious adrenaline leftover to take out 3 more of Ramsay’s men. I’m very high on the possibilities for Sansa’s potential Northern army and Brienne is like her “Daryl Dixon” (for the Walking Dead fans) ready for battle.

3. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion

With Daenerys absent, Meereen is now Tyrion’s responsibility and he’s walking about much more comfortably than he should. He’s the best man for the job though, having the most experience running a kingdom as the King’s Hand back in King’s Landing. While politics, knowledge and drinking are his thing, he’s currently playing #TrueDetectiveSeason3 with his “partner in crime” Varys trying to find the traitor in Daenerys’s camp.

4. Ser Davos Seaworth

Davos

Davos is the coolest, right? I love his speech to those loyal to Jon, telling them he’d been pushed around by jerks like Alliser all his life. He’s savvy enough to know that Alliser’s deal is bullshit and has quickly devised a strategy to call upon the Wildling army before nightfall. Davos has also put aside his personal differences with Melisandre, knowing she could be both Jon and his best chance within Castle Black.

Who else is pumped for this “Butch & Sundance” style showdown with the Night’s Watch?

5. Night’s King

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I’ll just refer to the “Hardhome” episode again. Remember that?

6. Varys

Varys

I have maintained a belief that Varys is the puppet master to what’s going on in his storyline. There’s no way Jorah finding Tyrion was a coincidence and neither was Varys finding his way to Meereen to join Daenerys’s council. I like the idea that the entire series is just a battle between he and “Little Finger” for rule of Westeros.

I also love his line to Tyrion, “I used to steal from people like you when I was a boy.”

7. Jaime Lannister

Jaime

Jaime comes back to King’s Landing ready to take back everything those around he and his sister have stolen from them. I don’t think we’ve seen Jaime this sure of himself, even when we were first introduced to the arrogant version of him. “Fuck the prophecy”, he tells Cersei. Being in command of the King’s guard and helping bring his sister back up, you know he’s going to get his bloody revenge…and the Sparrows are in their sights first.

8. Theon Greyjoy

Theon

The #TheonRedemptionTour is full speed ahead right now. Throwing Ramsay’s stalker girl over the wall, escaping with Sansa, and finally lifting a sword to protect her/save Podrick is a clear sign we’ve got Theon back…instead of Reek. The high ranking also has a lot to do with the potential power moves Sansa will continue to make. Hopefully the Iron Islands will accept him again and have his back.

9. Ellaria Sand

Ellaria Sand

Besides Sansa’s big win, Ellaria made the biggest power move by killing Doran Martell and all his guards letting it happen. She said, “a weak man will never rule Dorne.” This was her Jurassic Park “Woman inherits the Earth” moment as her daughters took care of Doran’s heir as well, obviously giving them the immediate power. With her wish for revenge on the Lannisters and Dorne’s history with the Targaryens, I think she will be key in assisting Daenerys in her eventual raid toward Westeros.

10. Jon Snow

Jon Snow

Jon is dead. I know. But for a dead guy, he seems to be needing A LOT of protection from those loyal to him and Davos, who has said himself that he didn’t even know him well. Those in Castle Black know damn well that you burn the dead right away too, and nobody even made that effort. With Melisandre in camp too, you can keep his story alive for the series.

11. Melisandre

Melisandre

Even as important and powerful as Melisandre is, her importance (at least to us) depends solely on what she can do for Jon, Davos and those aligned with them. Her reveal at the end of the episode, while graphic, gave legitimacy to her self-proclaimed credentials having lived through several battles and kingdoms. By all means, though, put on some clothes and bring Jon back from the dead already.

12. Daenerys Stormborn

Daenerys

While she doesn’t have control over her current situation, Daenerys held her own very well with this new Dothraki tribe. She stayed quiet while her captors talked down to her so she could survey her surroundings. Then as the Khal began threatening her, she broke her silence and instantly gained their respect.

She’s heading to Vaes Dothrak, which seems like a shitty situation, but you get the feeling Daenerys is going to rebuild her forces with those around her. When she’s surrounded by so many people like this, I’m reminded of the season finale that ended with the shot thousands worshipping her. She has a knack for drawing support.

13. Cersei Lannister

Cersei

Bare with me here, but Cersei is like a WWE pro wrestler. She does so much for so long to make you hate her, but can somehow make you root for her in an instant. It took some suffering at the hands of the Sparrows, but also some self-awareness as she mourned the loss of Myrcella. She says herself that her daughter was purely good and without the mean and wickedness that she possessed. So now I’m rooting for her to unleash Zombie Mountain on the Sparrows and regain what is hers.

14. Khal Moro

Khal Moro

New character on the show, but obviously powerful. Despite promising his protection for Daenerys, he does control her fate. You have to sorta respect that he did so after going full “he-man, woman owner” on her. It’s an alliance though that could be key for Daenerys down the road.

15. Zombie Mountain

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Mountain. Smash…You’ll see.

16. High Sparrow

High Sparrow

I’ll be honest, I can’t stand the greasy self-aggrandizing of the High Sparrow but facts are facts. He has the current Queen of King’s Landing held captive, as well as Ser Loras, and has totally shown up King Tommen…although that doesn’t seem too difficult.

17. Tyene Sand

Tyene

Tyene is by far the most interesting of the Sand Snakes. We saw her take full power over Bronn while they were both jailed and she just took down Areo Hotah, a character that I thought had Michael Clark Duncan type importance to the story. That dagger throw taking down the runaway Martell loyalist was pretty damn impressive too. As of now, she and her sisters are basically princesses in Dorne. We’ll see where things go for them now.

18. Eddison Tollett

Eddison

The “Crows” left in the room with Jon aren’t particularly excited that their fates are in the hands of ol’ Ed here, but he did take care of business from atop the wall during the battle with the Wildlings when Jon left him in charge. Now he’s tasked with rallying the Wildlings for his friends’ rescue. Having been there during Hardhome, I trust he can do some convincing.

19. Tormund Giantsbane

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As important as Ed is for getting the Wildlings, it’s going to be Tormund’s call as to whether they will help him. Something tells me it won’t take too much convincing for him to get another shot at killing Crows.

20. Ser Alliser Thorne

Alliser

Alliser is a weird situation. If anything, he represents the conservative politics that go into guarding the wall. Where Jon wants everyone to get along, Alliser remembers all the times Wildlings killed his people in the past and sees no reason to assist them. However, we’ve seen the point-of-view from Mance, where they fought the Night’s Watch out of necessity and for survival. You have to respect his honesty and not hiding that he did to Jon and he knows that it was treason. He’s reached a point of no return though and you’re more than allowed to wish for bad things to happen to him because of it.

21. Podrick Payne

Pod

Podrick never ceases to amaze. He held his own very well in the skirmish with the Bolton soldiers. These being the same that defeated Stannis’s army and slaughtered Rob Starks men. Yet there was Pod, taking one down from his horse and going toe-to-toe with another in a sword fight. He still needed Theon’s help to survive, but Podrick is on Sansa’s side now with an arrow pointing up…big time.

22. Petyr Baelish

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We haven’t seen Petyr Baelish in a while but we do know he has something in the works. Maybe he knew Sansa would escape, maybe he didn’t. What we do know is that he has bet most of his chips on the North rallying behind her specifically. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when they meet again. What Varys is to Tyrion and Daenerys, Little Finger is to the North…King’s Landing just happens to be stuck in the middle.

23. Kevan Lannister

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As the Hand of the King, Kevan Lannister should be getting some input very soon as Tommen likely wants his wife back from the Sparrows. He’s also in charge of probably the most powerful army in the Seven Kingdoms. This seems to be a decent spot for a guy who has only appeared on the show twice but has that much power.

24. Nymeria Sand

Nymera

Tyene’s sisters just toyed with Tristain, who didn’t stand a chance against them. At least Nymeria was willing to take him on face-to-face…

25. Obara Sand

Obara

Kind of a stupid move to have his back facing Obara, but Tristain had the spear through the “back of the head and out his face” coming. “Greedy bitch” move, by her though…as her sister stated.

26. Queen Margaery

Margaery

We’ve never seen Margaery this low before. She’s played the game, just about as well as Cersei had. A little weird that two of her three husbands were basically children, but you gotta to what you gotta do to be queen. She inspires revenge from Tommen though, and one would expect the King’s guard to be making a move for her soon. She also seems to be holding her own well, despite the circumstances.

27. Tommen Baratheon

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This poor kid. Hard to expect he’s going to last long but at least he’s not Joffrey. Regardless, he is the king…and it’s good to be the king.

28. Ser Jorah Marmont

Jorah

Among the two searching for Daenerys, Jorah is the most motivated. He’s doing it for love and he’s got nothing to lose besides her. When things get rocky, you’ve seen him handle his own with a sword too. I don’t doubt he’ll be seeing Daenerys again before the greyscale gets him.

29. Daario Naharis

Daario

One of the most capable of the warriors on the show, but I don’t necessarily trust him. If we’re going to play process of elimination for those who could have betrayed Daenerys in Meereen, the arrow points to Daario. If we learned anything from Scream, you can’t trust the boyfriend. Daario is also a mercenary and motivated by money. The Masters could’ve easily payed him beyond his wildest dreams to strategize with the Sons of the Harpy. Who’s to say some of those masked men aren’t his either. He might not be in Meereen, but his on Daenerys’s scent and could get close enough to finish what he started.

30. Jaqen H’ghar

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I have no idea what the extent of his powers are or what he actually is, but the dude made Arya go blind and he’s a master of disguise. Interested to see more of what he’s capable of.

31. The Three-Eyed Raven

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We know the Three-Eyed Raven is powerful but we’re still not sure how or what he can do. He’s got Bran under his tutelage and has a whole year to work with him, so I’m anticipating serious Max Von Sydow magic soon.

32. Bran Stark

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Just like with his mentor, Bran’s been out of action for over a year. He’s going to be older and wiser, and hopefully more powerful.

33. Queen of Thorns

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I think we’re all in agreement that the former Bond girl had a lot to do with Joffrey’s death. What I’m interested in now is what she’s going to do to get her children out of the High Temple and will she team up with the Lannisters to do it.

34. Roose Bolton

Roose

He’s the Warden of the North, for now, and very aware of his current situation. The Bolton’s have broken ties with the Lannisters over Sansa and don’t have the support they need without her. Roose also seems to know how to handle Ramsay at this point too, pushing his buttons for motivation…You wonder if that may backfire eventually, because Ramsay is crazy.

35. Ramsay Snow

Ramsay

I know it’s not great seeing Ramsay any higher than last, but he did just lead an army to handily destroy Stannis’s. We’re reminded of his cruelty and disgusting nature though, as he ordered that the corpse of the ONE woman to love him be fed to his dogs.

36. Wun-Wun The Giant

Wun Wun

I want nothing more than for this best to rip Olly in half when he comes to Castle Black.

37. Bronn

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You wonder if Bronn is going to assist Jaime as he aims for revenge on EVERYONE. Why not? Bronn seems to like fighting with Lannisters, as long as they pay up.

38. Missandei

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If we’re ruling out betrayers to Daenerys in Meereen, I think you can remove Missandei from the list. Can’t really think of a reasons he’d have beef with her boss. She does have some power over Greyworm though, who’s in charge of his own arm…so there’s that.

39. Hodor

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Hodor.

40. Ghost

Ghost

Raise your hand if you were super relieved Ghost was okay at the start of the episode! Yeah, me too. He gets first ranking of the beasts on this show considering he has absolute loyalty toward Jon and will do anything to protect him. I would also be okay with him ripping Olly to shreds.

41. Drogon

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Is Drogon okay? There wasn’t much clarity on his status after dropping off Daenerys. He’s a bit of a loose canon, literally, but obviously the most aggressive of the dragons…and also not in chains.

42. Greyworm

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When he’s done feeling sorry for himself, Greyworm can move back up the list.

43. Waif

Waif

Waif is sorta playing sensei right now while taking some pleasure in beating the crap out of Arya. She also seems to know everything Arya is going through, so I give her the edge and the benefit of the doubt in this situation.

44. Arya Stark

Arya

This will be the lowest we see Arya, I assume. The sooner she also stops feeling sorry for herself, the better.

45. Samwell Tarley

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Sam’s ranked low only because of his inactivity at the start of the episode. Very interested to see how his storyline goes and what he’ll do when he hears about Jon.

46. Gilly

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Gilly rules. Inactivity has her low, just like Sam, so I expect her to make her way up the list eventually.

47. Meera Reed

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I’m not sure what’s going to motivate Meera now that her brother is dead. Jojen saw something in Bran, and maybe she’ll dedicate herself to seeing that through with the Three-Eyed Raven.

48. Rickon Stark

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Hey! Remember him! Still alive, I think. Wonder what he’s up to…Just about all the Starks should have arrows pointing up at this point, so we shall see.

49. Osha

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Her status is clearly tied to Rickon. With a territory allotted to Wildlings though, maybe she and Rickon took refuge there.

50. Rhaegal & Viserion

Viserion-and-Rhaegal

These poor dragons aren’t much good when chained up. You wonder if Tyrion will set them free as they seem to have connection for finding their mother.

51. Septa Unella 

Septa

Let’s take bets on who will kill Septa when the Temple falls: Cersei or Margaery?

Maybe they’ll bond over it.

52. Ser Loras Tyrell

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…I don’t feel too good about Ser Loras, unfortunately.

53. Lancel Lannister

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Zombie Mountain’s coming for ya, Lancel.

54. Olyvar

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The Sparrows don’t seem too keen on people of his ilk. Despite selling out Loras, I don’t get the impression they spared Olyvar either.

55. Mace Tyrell

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So. Damn. Worthless.

56. Olly

OllieAll I want is for someone to brutally massacre that smug look off this kid’s face.

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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”