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”

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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)

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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”

Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep8 “I Choose Violence”

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.

We. Got. Violence…Thanks to the big bad brothers from Hell. The Cleganes are on very different paths, leaving a trail of blood in their wake. The Mountain does so in the name of his queen and to protect her. The Hound is his own man, dealing in revenge but also looking for for some kind of redemption. At this rate, however, the #CleganeBowl looks further and further in the distance.

Meanwhile, Arya put Waif’s face on the wall and took her name back. Missandei and Grey Worm became the new Dharma and Greg. Tommen turned full heel. Jaime runs Riverrun. Brienne got a “Good job, Good Effort”. Cersei picked up one last card to play…

And making her triumphant return to Meereen…

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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I don’t know what Daenerys expected to find when she got back, but I don’t think it was Master ships throwing fireballs at her city. We may need to wait until the finale, but I think we’re going to see her first example of her opponents on the sea. She now has 3 dragons,  her khalasar, the Unsullied and the Second Sons and they are going to get some practice in conquering.

2. The Night King (Previously 2nd)

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His presence is such a threat, even the Brotherhood Without Banners is heading to the wall to fight. The fight between “the living and the dead” should be a major focus for the next two seasons.

3. Jaime Lannister (Previously 15th)

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Jaime OWNED this week’s episode. He maintained his honor, allowing Brienne safe passage to speak with the Blackfish and to keep Oathkeeper, while instilling enough fear in Edmure to turn over Riverrun. All season long, Jaime has grown more and more comfortable in his own skill and driven to achieve what he believes he and his sister deserve. As he said in the episode, Cersei is willing to burn down cities for her children. What do you think Edmure will be willing to do for her, especially after Tommen officially turned his back on her?

4. High Sparrow (Previously 4th)

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Tommen’s decree to eliminate Trials by Combat was a clear sign of the High Sparrow pulling the strings. Once Lancel got back to him about how dangerous Zombie Mountain is, The Sparrow had to insure that her fate would be in his hands. Unfortunately for the Sparrow and the rest of King’s Landing, Cersei is ready to make everyone pay.

5. Jon Snow (Previously 8th)

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I can’t wait for The Battle of The Bastards. Ramsay may have more men but Jon’s army has more purpose. In these big battles, he’s 1-1 (The Wall and Hardhome) but he comes away accomplishing what he set out to do. Jon is a great leader in battle and has proven warriors all around him. Can’t help but think there will be some surprises that go in his favor as well.

6. Sansa Stark (Previously 9th)

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It is the Stark name that is on the line in the upcoming battle with Ramsay, which Sansa has, but it’s Jon that the bulk of their forces (Free Folk) are fighting for. She makes a great point in the teaser, that she knows Ramsay better, however it will be Jon doing the fighting on the battlefield. I still stand by the X-Factor being Sansa’s Raven coming through in the clutch…that coming in the form of Littlefinger and the Vale.

7. Ser Davos (Previously 4th)

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There is a lot of Davos in the teaser, and rightfully so. This is the battle that he wanted to fight for Stannis and will have his former king in mind when doing so.

8. Bran Stark (Previously 3rd)

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I don’t think there’s any question that Bran could be the most powerful character on the series, with the potential ability to even turn Dany’s dragons against her, but he hasn’t realized it yet. He also doesn’t seem to have a bearing on the result of this battle that his siblings are heavily involved with. Have to imagine we’ll get some more clarity on him before the season is up though.

9. Queen Margaery (Previously 6th)

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Margaery is still playing the game but now it seems more for survival. Cersei isn’t going to let her fate be l decided by the High Sparrow and I don’t think Margaery wants Lancel’s to be either. At this point, she can help Cersei or sit idly by as queen and possibly be literally burned for it. Her note to Olenna signified that she is still loyal to House Tyrell at this point.

10. The Hound (Previously 21st)

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Sandor got his revenge for Brother Ray in a hurry. After seeing him chop in his path to pieces, we were reminded just how dangerous The Hound really is. Teaming up with Beric gives him some direction again has seems to be concerned with doing more good than evil with the rest of his life. What gives him the edge over his now undead brother is the fact he has control over his life…

11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 20th)

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…but even if Gregor is at Cersei’s bidding, he’s practically an unstoppable force. He made ripping off the Faith Militant member’s head look way too easy.

12. Benjen Stark (Previously 12th)

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Healed the same way White Walkers were created, Benjen knows a thing or two about how to defeat them. As forces, like the Brotherhood Without Banners, start heading north to fight the REAL war, Benjen will be one of their best weapons after Bran.

13. Arya Stark (Previously 46th)

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Arya has her name back and she’s getting the hell out of Braavos. That’s a win for all of us. Seems like fighting in the dark is her strong suit too. Let’s just hope her siblings are still alive when she gets back.

14. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 18th)

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PLEASE LET THIS NEXT EPISODE BE RAMSAY’S LAST!

15. Petyr Baelish (Previously 14th)

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I see Jon and Ramsay’s armies tearing each other to shreds. When things look the bleakest for the Starks, then Lord Baelish and his Vale fighters can clean house…like the Riders of Rohan in The Two Towers.

There are quite a few similarities to Lord of The Rings. Can’t blame me when I make them.

16. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 19th)

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Tormund was one of the most impressive warriors in the Free Folk’s siege on Castle Black. The Bolton army is going to be heavily armed and better skilled than the “Crows”, but Tormund and his people know what’s at stake and are more battle tested as well. Of those fighting for Jon and Sansa, he and the free folk will have the most heart (and numbers) doing so.

17. Drogon (Previously 23rd)

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Who is ready to see Drogon light up some Masters…

18. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 25th)

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…and with his brothers.

19. Wun Wun (Previously 24th)

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I love the visual in the teaser of Wun Wun chokeslamming dudes right and left. I don’t know if he makes it out of the battle alive, but I do know he’s going to take a ton of jerks with him.

20. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 10th)

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Tyrion’s face when he saw Dany walk into the room reminded me of what it’s like when your parents come home early while you’re throwing a party. It’s not really fair to let Tyrion fall this far, considering he did bring some stability to the people of Meereen, but he did underestimate the Masters…That’s why there are giant fireballs being thrown at the city.

Without Varys to have his back, will Tyrion be in Dany’s doghouse or will he be able to regain everyone’s trust as an advisor.

21. Cersei Lannister (Previously 11th)

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Cersei doesn’t just get put in the corner by Tommen. She get’s her heartbroken as her only remaining son turns his back on her. The Trial by Combat felt like it was in the bag, but now she has to take the most desperate of measures…for survival and revenge.

That rumor she was referring to with Qyburn may have to do with the massive supply of Wildfire. We’ve seen that movie before…

22. Brienne (Previously 13th)

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As Brienne said, she failed. Her job was to convince The Blackfish to help Sansa’s forces and she couldn’t. It was a valiant effort though and her exchange with Jaime showed how much respect he has for her. There may have been some foreshadowing too when they suggested it could eventually come to face-off.

23. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 17th)

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The assault on Meereen by the Masters may be as good a nudge as any for Daenerys and company to finally get going to Westeros. They need ships though and Euron has a leg up on Yara and Theon. It was Euron’s idea to align with Daenerys in the first place. He must have a plan once he meets her.

24. Daario Naharis (Previously 26th) 

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Daario will be ready for some action when he returns to Meereen. Learning a thing or two from Jorah should help too. Still concerned with how well the Sons of the Harpy were able to organize and get Daenerys to flee in the first place. Either Daario puts his #TrueDetective skills to use or I’ll go back to having my suspicions about him.

25. Varys (Previously 16th)

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Interesting how Varys got out of Dodge right before things heated up. I do believe he is invested in helping Daenerys and Tyrion. What kind of help is he looking for in Westeros though? Greyjoys? Starks? Glovers?

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 27th)

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If there’s one thing you can say about Baratheon’s, they sure don’t last on the Iron Throne. Tommen may have mad his last decree by turning on his mother but for now, he’s keeping the crown occupied.

27. Kevan Lannister (Previously 14th)

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I don’t get what Kevan has to gain from being a jerk to Cersei and Jaime. They might not have the best reputations but they are family…and they are dangerous.

28. Grey Worm (Previously 36th)

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Big episode for Grey Worm:

  1. Got to tell his first “joke”.
  2. Made Missandei laugh.
  3. Told Tyrion “I told you so”.
  4. Got his queen back.

Now Grey Worm fights and maybe that makes him happy, a little.

29. Edmure Tully (Previously 73rd)

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Even if it’s all thanks to Jaime, Edmure made the biggest swing in the rankings by going from zero to Lord of Riverrun. Can’t blame him for getting upset with the Blackfish…ya know, for telling the Freys to go ahead and kill him.

30. Beric Dondarrion (Previously NR)

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This is exactly how I feel about Ser Beric.

Sorry that killed your buzz, Stoneheart fanatics.

31. Thoros of Myr (Previously NR)

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Of all the Lord of Light magicians, Thoros has shown to have the most practice bringing people back to life. He also has a very clear idea of who the real enemy is up in the North…

32. Bronn (Previously 32nd)

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Bronn has no chill, and that’s why we love him. I thought his admission to preferring the “little” Lannister brother more was great. What happens in the scenario when Jaime has to go against either Brienne or Tyrion in the future?

33. Ghost (Previously 33rd)

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The time to avenge his siblings is near…

34. Melisandre (Previously 30th)

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Melisandre has been uncharacteristically quiet since the 3rd episode. Her powers will needed for this coming battle though.

35. Missandei (Previously 35th)

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Dharma and Greg aka Missandei and Grey Worm were super adorable during their wine tasting with Tyrion. It was very impressive how quick she was to grab a knife though when the pyramid seemed to be under attack.

36. Lyanna Mormont (Previously 34)

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I don’t know how much fighting Lyanna will do this Sunday, but it sounds like her “Bear” fighters are going to do some impressive damage.

37. Robin Arryn (Previously 52nd)

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Who woulda thunk that Robin would end up being a potential X-Factor, and could possibly save Sansa (who slapped him) from impending Bolton doom. I would be very surprised if her Raven was intended for anyone else.

38. Dim Dalba (Previously 41st)

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Usually new Wildlings are introduced to us and then go out in a blaze of glory right after. I don’t expect much different from Dim Dalba, but I bet he takes quite a few Flayed Men with him.

39. Yohn Royce (Previously 49th)

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Redemption time is near. Hopefully Commander Royce doesn’t betray Sansa again.

40. Smalljon Umber (Previously 62nd)

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Of everyone participating in the Battle of Bastards, I trust a guy named Smalljon the least. But being a part of the battle and offering a ton of trips makes him more valuable than several after him.

41. Harald Karstark (Previously 63rd)

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

 

42. Qyburn (Previously 50th)

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Qyburn kinda lives for chaos. After all the shit he gets from Pycelle, I hope he gets to kill the old coot.

43. Kinvara (Previously 22nd)Kinvara

Yes, her priestesses helped bring stability to Meereen. But we didn’t even see her at work and that really didn’t last long.

44. Jorah Mormont (Previously 28th)

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Somebody’s going to be really lucky when this guy shows up…Just unsure of who or where.

45. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 29th)

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Things pretty quiet at Castle Black in the Edd era?

46. Jaqen H’ghar (Previously 31st)

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I still don’t know what to make of Jaqen. Sending Waif after Arya was apparently further training. He wasn’t too beat up over her decision to leave the and stop talking in the 3rd person. Was he just a murderous Jedi Master, preparing Arya for what’s to come? Does he follow her on the journey out of Braavos?

47. Meera (Previously 42nd)

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She has spent the majority of this season sitting, but as we know…Bran Stark is going to need her.

48. Podrick Payne (Previously 45th)

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Pod’s “Little Brother” demeanor continues to be adorable after 6 seasons and I appreciate him owning up to his squire role to Brienne, while also trying to grow as a fighter.

49. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 39th)

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The race to Daenerys is officially on between Euron and Yara, but I don’t know how either one will help immediately as Meereen is under siege. As mentioned before, Euron and has Iron Born army  seem to have the leg up.

50. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 40th)

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If Varys was going to search for help, at least he has Theon to relate to.

51. Samwell Tarly (Previously 43rd)

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I am going to stand by my prediction that Samwell and Jorah cross paths sooner than later.

52. Gilly (Previously 44th)

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Still hope she kept the dress.

53. Robett Glover (Previously 51st)

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It would be quite a nice break if House Glover joined the Vale in helping Sansa fight Ramsay.

54. Walder Frey (Previously 60th)

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Old and creepy as fuck, but he did get his way. The idea to bargain with Edmure was his as well.

55. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 47th)

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Getting out of King’s Landing was the smartest thing Olenna could do, as Cersei seems prepared to burn it all down. As much as she despises Cersei, her plotting abilities could prove helpful to carry out that plan.

56. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 59th)

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I would think Aeron has assumed the role as Euron’s righthand-man.

57. Rickon Stark (Previously 61st)

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Part of me hopes Ramsay has left Rickon alive, as a way to gain support of the rest of the North. The other part of me knows how horrible Ramsay is and I’m worried we’ll see Rickon’s head on a pike at the Battle of the Bastards.

58. Lothar Frey (Previously 70th)

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At least Lothar gets that Jaime is the boss.

59. Walder Rivers (Previously 69th)

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Severe case of “Bitch Face”.

60. Ellaria Sand (Previously 52nd)

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I have not been able to update her photo since the premiere…

61. Tyene Sand (Previously 53rd)

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…or hers…

62. Nymeria Sand (Previously 54th)

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…or hers…

63. Obara Sand (Previously 55th)

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…I don’t think I’ll ever update her’s. This one’s pretty good.

64. Septa Unella (Previously 48th)

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Who do you think gets to kill the Septa: Cersei or Margaery?

65. Melessa Tarly (Previously 57th)

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The real boss of House Tarly.

66. Randyll Tarly (Previously 58th)

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Has he organized the search party for his sword yet?

67. Talla Tarly (Previously 65th)

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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.

68. Dickon Tarly (Previously 66th)

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When trying to guess what Chicago suburb Dickon may have come from, I would peg him as either a Lake Forest or Barrington bro. You know exactly what I mean, if you’re from the area.

69. Lancel Lannister (Previously 67th)

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Lancel’s face as The Mountain popped off his faith militant buddy’s head…was…priceless.

70. Lhazareen (Previously 71st)

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Welcome to Meereen.

71. Ser Loras (Previously 72nd)

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THERE’S STILL HOPE FOR YOU LANCEL! I BELIEVE IT (not really).

72. Mace Tyrell (Previously 74th)

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How does this guy standby and watch Tommen basically condemn his only son?

73. Maester Pycelle (Previously 75th)

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Admit it, you thought Pycelle was just farting the entire time he was whispering to Tommen.

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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 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)

Daario

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)

Tommen

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.

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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 Ep4 “Bow To Your Khaleesi!”

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.

Besides that amazing ending to the 4th episode of this 6th season, there were also some major teams being formed as well. First, major fist pump for Jon and Sansa! Theon and Yara are starting a campaign before the Kingmoot. Cersei and Jaime finally have the Queen of Thorns and Kevan on their side. Then Tyrion and Varys did some wheeling and dealing.

So which of these alliances are #1 Contenders for the Tag-Team Title Belts?

 

Now for the Rankings…

1. Daenerys Stormborn (Previously 22nd)

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Say what you will about Beyonce or Taylor Swift, but right now…Daenerys > All.

She didn’t need dragons to prove her point this time because SHE IS ONE. With the help of #TrueDectiveSeason3 (Jorah & Daario, in case you’re new here), she burned the whole Dothraki infrastructure down to the ground. You have to love how she just smiled as Khal Moro flung every insult possible her way before lighting every single one of his cohorts up in their council. Now she has added to her forces with the entire Dothraki population and can return to Meereen to raise more hell before heading west.

2. Sansa Stark (Previously 13th)

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This was certainly a moment we all hoped for and I appreciate the Game of Thrones showrunners for not prolonging it any longer. In Castle Black and with Jon’s support, Sansa can build the army she rightfully deserves. It also took her forcing the issue of saving Rickon and the North from Ramsay for Jon to get his head out of his ass a little too. This is where Sansa’s revenge officially begins.

3. Cersei Lannister (Previously 4th)

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It’s funny how “Mean Girls”-ish the Small Council was being toward Cersei and Jaime. Cersei has Tommen’s trust now and even without “authority and dignity” (as Ollena points out) she has the trust of the small council again too, using Margaery’s atonement as leverage. Now is her chance to destroy the High Sparrow.

4. Jon Snow (Previously 1st)

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I think it’s understandable to have some melancholy after being brought back from the dead, but nobody wanted to see Jon leave Castle Black. Sansa gives him purpose now. Although he seems unsure of the decision he’s making, Rickon in danger and revenge for Sansa should be enough motivation to kick Ramsay’s ass.

5. Brienne (Previously 14th)

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Brienne held NOTHING back in this episode. “Oh you guys miss Stannis? I executed that bitch.” Now she’s established herself as a force within Castle Black and can better protect Sansa if the dangerous people there respect her.

6. Night’s King (Previously 6th)

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The Night’s King will occupy this spot until we see him again, which appears to be next week. All you need for reference is  the “Hardhome” episode.

7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 2nd)

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Tyrion didn’t make any new friends by negotiating with the Masters, but you can see why he was doing it. As we learned from Michael Corleone in The Godfather, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. He makes a good point that he, Missandei and Grey Worm should have the upper-hand as the Masters underestimate them, but it all may be posturing for when Daenerys returns.

8. Ser Davos (Previously 3rd)

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Davos has been great so far this season but now he’s asking questions for answers he probably doesn’t want to hear. Learning that both Stannis and Shireen take the wind out of him, as they were practically his family. Now he’s left with a choice to serve #TeamStark in the war to come or turn his back on them because Brienne killed his king and Melisandre sacrificed his favorite person in the world.

9. Jaime Lannister (Previously 12th)

Jaime

Not only did Jaime establish his place in the small council again, but he already had a strategy prepared for Kevan and the Queen of Thorns. Kevan may be the hand but Jaime is obviously calling the shots on this plan to get Margaery back and “hopefully” kill the High Sparrow.

10. Melisandre (Previously 7th)

Melisandre

We can see the Red Woman has purpose again as she has obviously pledged allegiance to Jon Snow. Davos’s questions have her reeling a little though, especially the when he points out that Stannis trusted in her more than anyone. It’s still tough to contend with someone who can fire off “blood assassinations” and bring the dead back to life.

11. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 29th)

Ollena

Big jump for the Queen of Thorns as she sets aside her differences with the Lannister siblings in order to save Margaery and Ser Loras. Jaime and Cersei may just be using her and her motivation only to kill the High Sparrow, but we’re going to see Olenna in all her fiery glory sending her army into action. “Many people will die anyway” was my favorite line from that entire exchange.

12. The High Sparrow (Previously 8th)

High Sparrow

He may have the upperhand for now but, man…I am TIRED of this jerk. The weekly soliloquies are getting old and more annoying. I found myself sounding like Homer Simpson while he told that story about his upbringing to Margaery…

13. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 9th)

Tormund

Is it me or does Tormund have a HUGE crush on Brienne? He had that “love at first sight” look on his face as she rode in on her horse. He just stared at her while munching on some meat…

Let’s come up with a ship (relationship) name for Tormund and Brienne before someone else does! Send your name with a hashtag to me on Twitter ASAP!

14. Varys (Previously 5th)

Varys

Varys didn’t have much to say in this episode, but he did bring the Masters to Mereen to hear Tyrion out. Gaining anyone’s trust makes him more dangerous and powerful. Interested to see where that leads to next week as we see the effects of the deal they made.

15. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 10th)

Ramsay

We learned nothing new about Ramsay. He sucks as a human being and has no regard for any life at all. It’s unfortunate that Osha was brought back after being gone for years to just get killed in his lap. He has also called out Jon Snow, which we hope will be the dumbest decision of his life. Karma’s has to catch up at some point.

16. Petyr Baelish (Previously 18th)

Little Finger

Little Finger’s first appearance this season is a strong one. Like Varys, he knows everything and used his knowledge against Robin’s top general. Robin, like Tommen, may be in charge but we know Baelish is really the one in charge. He is also lending his forces for Sansa’s protection, which should be interesting considering he gave her to Ramsay in the first place.

17. Ser Jorah (Previously 36th)

Jorah

#TrueDetectiveSeason3 finally solved their mystery by finding Daenerys. Jorah takes a lot of shit from Daario throughout the episode, age jokes and not being good enough for Dany. But it was Jorah’s experience and savviness that gets he and Daario to Daenerys undetected. At the end of the episode, it’s Jorah who keeps his head up as everyone, including Daario, bows in awe of the Kahleesi too.

18. Daario Naharis (Previously 37th)

Daario

If Daario wasn’t totally onboard following Daenerys before, he seems to be now. His lack of discipline paid off when he saved Jorah with his trusty knife. But I don’t think he was prepared to see what transpired at the end of the episode. After all the bragging and picking on Jorah, Daario was the one most humbled of the two as he bowed and adverted his eyes.

19. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Gregor Smash

I can’t wait for Zombie Mountain to be unleashed on the Sparrows. Do it! Do it now!

20. Wun Wun (Previously 15th)

Wun Wun Enters

Also looking forward to this beast being unleashed on the Bolton army.

21. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 16th)

Edd

Dolorous Edd being in charge of the Night’s Watch certainly frees Jon up to focus on defeating the Boltons. His loyalty to Jon only improves #TeamStark’s forces too.

22. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 32nd)

Yara

Yara had a lot of frustrations to unload on Theon and that was pretty evident. She didn’t want to hear sorries but wasn’t going to let him be the prodigal son either. Accepting his help as she makes a run at control of the Iron Islands was smart though.

23. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 29th)

Jaqen

It would seem we’re going to learn what’s next in Braavos very soon. Hopefully that means we learn more about the super mysterious Jaqen too.

24.  “No One” formerly Arya (Previously 20th)

Arya

“No One” is going to feel really left out when she finds out Jon and Sansa are taking the fight to Ramsay without her. It would seem she has some work to do in Braavos first…

Sidenote: Does anyone else anticipate a reunion with The Hound coming soon? I don’t think he’s dead…

25. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 35th)

Theon

Theon’s home. Yay. He’s also pledging allegiance to his sister, which is probably the best call considering he betrayed her in the rescue attempt. Does being the original heir to the throne give he and his sister enough sway before the Kingsmoot?

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 27th)

Tommen

Good for Tommen, breaking promises with The High Sparrow to help his mother. You wonder if the High Sparrow expected that though and whether or not there’s another trick up the priest’s sleeve. However, Tommen seems to FINALLY be doing something to get Margaery back and that’s a good thing.

27. The Three-Eyed Raven (Previously 23rd)

Raven

Where will Doc Brown be taking Bran next as they go “Back to the Future”…or past, whatever.

28. Bran Stark (Previously 24th)

Bran

The teaser for the next episode shows Bran seeing the Night’s King for the first time. Learning more about the enemy gets him closer to learning “everything” and hopefully that gets him closer to channeling the dragons to defeat the White Walkers.

29. Ellaria Sand (Previously 28th)

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Can we get a “Meanwhile, in Dorne…” soon? It’s weird that Ellaria played such a big part in the premiere and we haven’t seen her since.

30. Leaf (Previously 25th)

Leaf

Want to see Leaf in some action again soon, but throwing fireballs keeps her in the Top 30.

31. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 21st)

Dragons

As the people of Meereen grow restless, the two dragons on-site are Tyrion’s best chance at keeping order before Daenerys returns.

32. Ghost (Previously 26th)

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Ghost now knows his brother Shaggydog is dead. Time for payback…

33. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 31st)

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Similar to Ellaria, Euron made his power move early on and we haven’t heard from him since. The Kingsmoot is near and obviously he will be challenging Yara and Theon for control of the Iron Islands. This could get messy because it’s apparent he’s a little crazy…By the way, is it me or does he have some Liev Schreiber to his look?

34. Missandei (Previously 46th)

Missandei

This was a big episode for both Missandei and Grey Worm. We understood a bit more why neither of them are totally cool with Tyrion. She keeps Tyrion in check a little reminding him that he wasn’t a slave for nearly as long as she and Grey Worm were. When it mattered most too, Missandei even quoted Tyrion to back him in front of the disgruntled freed Meereen citizens.

35. Grey Worm (Previously 47th)

Grey Worm

As mentioned just prior, big episode for Grey Worm. You have to appreciate his assertiveness with Tyrion but still supporting him in front of the citizens. Grey Worm doesn’t understand politics like Tyrion and Varys do, but he does know the Masters in this land better. We may learn fast that things don’t roll the same way here as they do in the west where Tyrion is from, diplomatically.

36. Hodor (Previously 35th)

Hodor

Hodor.

37. Podrick Payne (Previously 48th)

Podrick

Podrick looked pretty badass riding in with Brienne and Sansa. Didn’t get a word in at the dinner table, but hey…that’s not his thing.

38. Kevan Lannister (Previously 38th)

Kevan

We’re learning quickly that Kevan is not as overpowering as his late brother but it’s good to see him come around Jaime and Cersei’s way of thinking. He’s also motivated to get Lancel back. Unfortunately, I don’t think Lancel comes out of this thing safely.

39. Qyburn (Previously 30th)

Qyburn

Lurking in the basement shadows, giving candy to kids, trying to be Varys…things seem to be going alright for Qyburn and he’s got Maester Pycelle looking for his shoulder too.

40. Tyene Sand (Previously 34th)

Tyene

Lack of Dorne screen-time makes it tough to keep Tyene high in this list or much higher than her sisters. But you have to like her best of the three, based on her history so far.

41. Nymeria Sand (Previously 43rd)

Nymera

…yep…

42. Obara Sand (Previously 44th)

Obara

Did “Obara’s Not Impressed face” catch on yet?

 

43. Robin Arryn (Previously NR)

Robin

First appearance for Robin since Sansa’s SLAP last season was pretty important, especially for Sansa. I actually didn’t even consider this kid would grow like Bran did, but he has an army and he has entrusted decision making to Little Finger.

44. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 38th)

Aeron

You get a feeling Aeron is going to rise on this list after the Kingsmoot.

45. Smalljon Umber (Previously 41st)

Smalljon

My fingers are still crossed for a double-cross from Smalljon.

46. Harald Karstark (Previously 42nd)

Karstark

Whatever Smalljon was referring to regarding Harald and children makes me really nervous about Rickon.

47. Rickon Stark (Previously 45th)

Rickon

…at least Rickon is serving as motivation for Jon and Sansa to take out Ramsay.

48. Drogon (Previously 53rd)

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Whenever you’re done licking your wounds, Drogon, feel free to come back.

49. Meera (Previously 54th)

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Anyone else think Meera’s just been sitting in that same spot this entire time, outside of the cave? Bran seeing her father in his Tower of Joy vision should increase her importance sooner than later.

50. Lhazareen (Newbie)

Lhazareen

Missandei might get jealous of Dany’s new friend.

51. Waif (Previously 49th)

Waif

What’s next for Waif, now that she can’t pick on Arya anymore?

52. Gilly (Previously 39th)

Gilly

I just pictured Gilly singing “I’m on a Boat!” by Lonely Island. Someone should make that video asap.

53. Samwell Tarley (Previously 40th)

Samwell

…and Samwell’s still puking.

54. Queen Margaery (Previously 51st)

Margaery

Margaery seems to have a good understanding of what the High Sparrow is trying to do with her and Lancel but the sooner she can get rescued, the better.

55. Bronn (Previously 52nd)

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WHERE’S BRONN?

56. Khal Savo’s widow (Previously 50th)

Khal Wife

Not so much like Daenerys now, are ya?

57. Yohn Royce (Previously NR)

Royce

Yohn should probably be much higher on this list because he is a commander, but Robin was THIS close to throwing him out of the Moon Door…

58. Septa Unella (Previously 56th)

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Your time will come, Septa. And it’s coming soon.

59. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

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Bringing up Lancel as a reason for Kevan to help Cersei only makes it more obvious he’s going to die.

60. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 58th)

Loras

Loras has seen better days. Just not sure if those will be coming anytime soon…or ever again.

61. Mace Tyrell (Previously 59th)

Mace

This guy is so unimportant that he wasn’t even present at this last small council meeting.

62. Maester Pycelle (Previously 60th)

Pycelle

Keep farting, old man. This is where you’ll be for a long time.

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Previous Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep3 “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

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 wasn’t the most exciting of episodes for many, but it was for me. Jon’s awake and alive. The Tower of Joy fight scene was excellent. Arya aka ‘No One’ is finally getting interesting again. Cersei and Jaime are back to being Cersei and Jaime. And…

…justice was served. Suck it, Olly

1. Jon Snow (Previously 1st)

Jon

Nothing makes sense to Jon after he’s woken up. The last thing he remembers was Olly and the conspirators stabbing him in the heart for doing what he felt was right. Then he he got to know “nothing” really well in the afterlife. As Tormund said, the men baring witness to Jon’s resurrection see him as a god. He has also freed himself from his duties of the Night’s Watch…because he served until it ended (he died).

Where does Jon go now? He has the support of Castle Black, the Wildlings, Davos and Melisandre. Hopefully Sansa catches him in time before he goes anywhere.

2. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 2nd)

Tyrion

Tyrion quoting himself as “a wise man” and wanting to play “Never Have I Ever…” was one of my favorite things from this young season. As slow as the Meereen storyline may be, Tyrion is in his element calling shots and gathering every bit of an advantage as he can against those who oppose him. You also get the feeling he was trying to dig into Greyworm and Missandei’s pasts a little too.

3. Ser Davos (Previously 3rd)

Davos

“Now go fail again.”

Davos seems like the ultimate bring-back-to-life coach. As Melisandre comes in throwing prophecies and purpose at Jon after JUST RISING FROM THE DEAD, Davos slows the roll while instilling some direction. He and Melisandre are similar in the way that they are better served as council and motivation for their leader. Davos is much less abrasive than Melisandre which should help Jon transition to his new arc better.

4. Cersei Lannister (Previously 5th)

Cersei

Technically Cersei isn’t the queen, but she sure is acting like one. Since regaining Tommen’s trust, Cersei is back to her old self and looking for vengeance. She has Varys’s “little birds” reporting to her about everything everyone is saying (if only she had Twitter), Jaime, and Zombie Mountain. The old folks that walked away from her at the table might be in for a rude awakening.

5. Varys (Previously 10th)

Varys

Seeing Varys pull the backdoor deals is an underrated aspect to the show. It is indeed a game for power and as the G.I. Joes say, “knowing is half the battle.” Varys also takes an honorable approach, choosing negotiations over torture to find out about the Meereen’s conspirators.

6. Night’s King (Previously 6th)

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The Night’s King will occupy this spot until we see him again. All you need for reference is  the“Hardhome” episode.

 

7. Melisandre (Previously 4th)

Melisandre

This was Melisandre’s “Young Frankenstein” moment, although after the fact. Getting shown the door, subtly, puts her behind Davos but they both have the same goals for Jon. Davos sees Jon as a beacon of justice for Westeros and Melisandre sees him as the destined ruler. I don’t see her allowing Jon to leave Castle Black without her by his side, based on her prophecy.

8. The High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

Sparrow

The High Sparrow is a master manipulator, isn’t he?  Seeing him sit down and bring King Tommen to his level on the bench signified the power he may have. I also get the feeling Tommen is being used as bait to get the Sparrow’s hopes up before Cersei brings it all crashing down. This is a game, after all.

9. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 8th)

Tormund

The Wildling leader is by far the most distinctive in both appearance and presence. Providing some comic relief for Jon was cool too. Similar to Melisandre and Davos, he and his army will likely go where Jon goes.

10. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 14th)

Ramsay

It’s hard to hate any character on TV more than this one, but everything seems to be coming up Ramsay these days. He defeated Stannis’s army. Winterfell is his. And now he has his Stark (Rickon). Nobody wins forever on this show though. Umber may have tipped us off a little, using Roose pledging his allegiance to Rob Stark as an example of why he won’t kneel to Ramsay.

11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Mountain

Pretty sure Zombie Mountain made Maester Pycelle shit himself. When Ser Gregor Clegane gets to participate in another trial by combat, there’s going to be a lot more of that happening…and blood.

12. Jaime Lannister (Previously 13th)

Jaime

Jaime is doing and saying all the right things by his family and King’s Landing. He also gave the elders, like his uncle and the Tyrells, a chance to work together. He leads the King’s Guard and that will come in handy when he and Cersei take the Sparrow’s keep.

13. Sansa Stark (Previously 7th)

Sansa

Getting to Castle Black will be huge for Sansa. Even without Jon in charge, Dolorous Edd sympathizes with him and likely will with Sansa as well. Word can then spread that the Starks are back in business, that the Wildlings are united with Castle Black, and hopefully “the North remembers” what the Boltons did.

14. Brienne (Previously 9th)

Brienne

It would be nice for Brienne to finally get some backup, especially protecting Sansa. We’ve seen her hold her own in a Bolton camp, in King’s Landing and in battle. Working with the Night’s Watch should be an upgrade in circumstances.

15. Wun Wun (Previously 15th)

Wun Wun Enters

Stone Cold Wun Wun. I’m going to have THIS in everyone’s heads when they see him again.

16. LORD COMMANDER Edd (Previously 18th)

Edd

Dolorous Edd stepped up and took over for Jon on top of the wall in battle. He does it again for all of Castle Black. Having fought at Hardhome gives him better experience than most to lead the Night’s Watch when Winter finally comes too.

17. Khal Moro (Previously 18th)

Khal Moro

From within the giant Dothraki camp, Khal Moro is the best chance Daenerys has. He obviously respects her and could have punished her for going out on her the minute he met her. So he will have some sway when the council that decides her fate meets. I also think he will key for any possible alliance Daenerys forms with the Dothraki and her city of Meereen.

18. Petyr Baelish (Previously 21st)

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As Civil War appears to be shaping up in the North, Little Finger is going to play a major role in who wins. My money is on his feelings for Sansa Stark, which I already believe is the winning side.

19. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 28th)

Jaqen

Mr. Mysterious seems to have big plans for Arya in Braavos and maybe further, as he has her hit list and all he would need to know about her. And he can take away and give back sight, so he gets more interesting every episode.

20.  “No One” formerly Arya (Previously 33rd)

Arya

A girl has no name, so I guess we can’t call her Arya anymore…

Now that she’s graduated from the Daredevil school of blind fighting, “No One” is more dangerous than ever. I hope someone has dubbed the Rocky IV montage music to her “training scene” too.

21. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 24th)

Dragons

Best thing Tyrion (and Daenerys) has going for himself are these dragons. When diplomacy fails, dragon fire will certainly do when it comes to those trying to overthrow Meereen.

22. Daenerys Stormborn (Previously 12th)

Daenerys

We’ve seen this movie before with Daenerys, and come on…ENOUGH of the name dropping already, please? That doesn’t seem to be going well so far this season. The Khal widow trying to compare herself to Daenerys doesn’t realize who she’s dealing with though, and I don’t see the Dothraki council’s decision playing much of a factor in her future with her best men and probably a dragon looking for her.

23. The Three-Eyed Raven (Previously 22nd)

Raven

Okay, Raven…what have you been doing with Bran for the last year if he hasn’t learned “everything” already? If it wasn’t for the Three-Eyed Raven, we wouldn’t have seen that awesome fight scene from the Tower of Joy. But then again, he did cut it short on us…That’s so Raven.

24. Bran Stark (Previously 23rd)

Bran

Learn EVERYTHING already, Bran. Then change the world like you were meant to.

25. Leaf (Previously 29th)

Leaf

She throws fireballs, guys. Like Super Mario.

26. Ghost (Previously 27th)

Ghost

I’d say Ghost has some revenge to exact on the jerks who keep killing his family members…just saying.

27. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 19th)

Tommen

I want to think Tommen is playing The Sparrow and trying to earn his trust, but nothing has really suggested that he isn’t easily manipulated by anyone. He wants to see his wife and he wants to make things up to his mother. Hopefully his balls have dropped finally and he can start acting like a king to make both happen.

28. Ellaria Sand (Previously 20th)

Ellaria Sand

Haven’t seen Ellaria since she made Dorne bloody with Martel blood, but she is in charge. However, now she’s got Cersei’s birds spying on her…so have fun with that.

29. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 45th)

Queen of Thorns

The “Queen of Thorns” finally graced us with her presence, but I don’t think she’s being very savvy by being defiant with Cersei and Jaime. We know she doesn’t care for either of them, being responsible for Joffrey’s death, but they are probably the best chance she has to getting Margaery out. Then again, Cersei is the reason why both Margaery and Loras are in the mess that they are…so point taken.

30. Qyburn (Previously NR)

Qyburn

The original Dr. Frankenstein on the show has now found out how Varys gathered his information. Be honest though, you were worried those candied plums were poisoned too. Things like that happen in King’s Landing.

31. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 25th)

Euron

“I am the storm.” – Looking forward to what that means in the upcoming episode and how it will effect Theon’s return.

32. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 26th)

Yara

There seem to be a lot of politics going on in this season. A Dothraki council deciding Daenerys’s fate. A high council in King’s Landing at odds. Meereen’s council dealing with surrounding cities. Now another deciding who will lead the Iron Islands. Yara has put in the time to rule and become the first woman to do so. What will Theon returning and Euron have to do with that though?

33. Kevan Lannister (Previously 38th)

Kevan

Kevan not listening to his niece and nephew at the council table reminded me of, well…Congress. Not being proactive to avenge them and standing by while the king’s wife is still being held by the High Sparrow isn’t a good look for the current Hand.

34. Tyene Sand (Previously 31st)

Tyene

If attention is being brought back to Dorne, as Cersei and Jaime have suggested, that only means Tyene will be back in action. She would also appears keen enough to snuff out Qyburns newly recruited birds.

35. Hodor (Previously 30th) 

Hodor

What you talk’n bout, Willis…er…Hodor?

36. Ser Jorah Marmont (Previously 36th)

Jorah

#TrueDetectiveSeason3 continues…

And you can imagine Ser Jorah will catch up to Daenerys in time before this Dothraki council seals her fate.

37. Daario Naharis (Previously 37th)

Daario

…part 2 of #TrueDetectiveSeason3. My suspicions have shifted a little from Daario to the other Meereen power couple, but not entirely…

38. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 44th)

Aeron

It would appear Aeron will have a lot to say when it comes to who leads the Iron Islands next. How much will it matter though?

39. Gilly (Previously 49th)

Gilly

Gilly’s joy at sea was so delightful. Having a stronger stomach puts her ahead of Samwell too, but you have to admire her for trusting his decision to leave her and Little Sam with his family. Kinda get a feeling how that will go though…

40. Samwell Tarley (Previously 48th)

Samwell

Samwell has no idea what Jon’s been through. It’s going to be fun to see when he finds out. Training to become a Maester will make a big difference to assist Jon, but you have to wonder how safe he and Gilly will be with a family that sent him to Castle Black in the first place.

41. Smalljon Umber (Newbie)

Smalljon

I’m wildly torn on Smalljon Umber. Talking down to both Ramsay and Harald Karstark was very entertaining. Killing Shaggydog and handing Rickon over to them was not. I’m still not totally sure Ramsay should be trusting him, which counts as hope for the rest of us…I guess?

42. Harald Karstark (Previously 49th)

Karstark

Harald has positioned himself nicely in a potential empire, but nobody who gets close to Ramsay stays there…or alive.

43. Nymeria Sand (Previously 40th)

Nymera

Still doing great Indiana Jones impressions, I’m sure.

44. Obara Sand (Previously 41st)

Obara

The “Obara’s Not Impressed” face would make a pretty good meme.

45. Rickon Stark (Previously 52nd)

Rickon

Hey, it’s Rickon! Oh no, Ramsay has him. Sucks to be Rickon.

46. Missandei (Previously 42nd)

Missandei

Missandei hasn’t been particularly warm to Tyrion or his methods of managing Meereen. She knows the Masters’ practices pretty well and scoffs at Tyrion’s suggestion that they’ll try to be diplomatic with the leaders of the other cities. When Tyrion suggested they play a game to learn about her and Grey Worm’s pasts, that got me wondering whether or not there was more to her story than we knew.

47. Grey Worm (Previously 43rd)

Grey Worm

Where Missandei goes these days, Grey Worm follows. He also seems tentative around Tyrion. I don’t see him turning on his own Unsullied, but he would do anything for her…I hope I’m wrong about this notion.

48. Podrick Payne (Previously 34th)

Pod

I know this is a hefty slide for Pod, but I’m not sure how useful he’ll be in Castle Black. Then again, Pod is just full of surprises.

49. Waif (Previously 32nd)

Waif

Well, now that Arya’s training is done, who is Waif going to take joy in beating up now?

50. Khal Savo’s widow (Newbie)

Khal widow

This woman should be enough motivation for Daenerys to not stick around Vaes Dothrak. This is you if you stick around, Stormborn.

51. Queen Margaery (Previously 46th) 

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Margaery’s situation remains shitty until Tommen, Cersei and the King’s Guard make their move on the Sparrows. But she’s serving as motivation for them and her grandmother to do something soon.

52. Bronn (Previously 47th)

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When does Jaime enlist Bronn for help again? I hope soon.

53. Drogon (Previously 50th)

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…still licking his wounds, I suppose?

54. Meera (Previously 51st)

Meera

Still feeling sorry for herself, but her father being a part of Bran’s vision of the Tower of Joy should change things, and hopefully will bring the two closer together.

55. Osha (Previously 53rd) 

Osha

Being presented to Ramsay as a gift is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy…Then again, I’m a pretty spiteful person.

56. Septa Unella (Previously 54th)

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Your time will come, Septa. (so says the Iron Maiden tune)

57. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

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…yours too, Lancel. Probably in the Trial By Combat against Zombie Mountain. Don’t suppose Cersei will hesitate to let him get crushed.

58. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 56th)

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Still don’t feel great about Loras’s odds.

59. Mace Tyrell (Previously 59th)

Mace

Even Hodor says more than this jerk.

60. Maester Pycelle (Previously NR)

Pycelle

Congrats, Master Pycelle! You’ve taken Olly’s place as last in the rankings. And you shit yourself.

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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”