House Power Rankings
Like most fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones, I’m intrigued by the many Houses vying for the Iron Throne. Below is a brief summary of the State of the Houses as of the Season 2 finale and where I think they rank in terms of power and position. The Night’s Watch are not a House but I’ve added them on because I think they’re cool. I did not include some other Great Houses like the Frey, Martell, Tully and Arryn because Season 2 did not focus on them so there is not enough information to rank them. Let me know how you rank the Houses and what is your favorite House in the comments below.
#1. House Lannister – A House Divided. King Joffrey is a Baratheon in name only although we all have a few special names we’d like to call him. With the Iron Throne defended (for the time being), the Lannisters might be their own worst enemy. Queen Cersei has lost control of her sociopathic son, Tywin has punished Tyrion for his valiant effort to save King’s Landing and Tyrion intends to keep his promise to Cersei that one day, joy will turn to ashes in her mouth. Meanwhile, Jamie, who killed his cousin in a failed escape attempt, is on a dangerous journey through war torn Riverlands with warrior Brienne. Lastly, Princess Myrcella is a ward of House Martell who are patiently waiting for how things shake down in King’s Landing before making their move. I know some fans are upset that the Lannisters, with the exception of Tyrion, are in control but please don’t give up on the show.
#2. House Tyrell – A Blossoming House of Roses. The sudden death of King Renly was a major set back for the Tyrells as most of the minor Houses switched allegiances and joined up with Stannis instead. The Tyrells have turned a grave misfortune into a golden opportunity by aligning with the wealthiest and powerful House Lannister to defeat Stannis’ army in the Battle of Blackwater. With Margaery’s betrothal to King Joffrey, the Tyrells have the Iron Throne within their grasp. Margaery is not an innocent dove that can be easily manipulated by Cersei or controlled by Joffrey. With the help of her brother Loras, she will use her cunning wits and god given “assets” to be The Queen. I can’t wait for Joffrey’s wedding day!
#3. House Stark – A House Without A Home. Even having never lost a battle, the glint in the Starks’s armor is slowly fading. Matriarch Catelyn has betrayed the trust of Robb when she freed the Kingslayer; which they sacrificed two thousand men in order to capture him in the first place. In Westeros, marriage can forge and strengthen alliances however Robb’s reckless marriage to Talisa breaks his oath to House Frey. Worst of all, their stronghold Winterfell is in ruin, after it was taken over by former family ward Theon while young Bran & Rickon have fled to the Wall. Robb ordered Lord Bolton’s bastard son and 500 men to take back Winterfell but it appears things did not go as planned. I can only imagine Catelyn and Robb’s reaction when they hear of the (faux) death of Bran & Rickon, Arya is not in King’s Landing as presumed and Sansa’s safety is in jeopardy because she is no longer betrothed to Joffrey. The Stark’s values of family, honor and love are quickly unraveling their position in the War of the Kings and Robb doesn’t even want the Iron Throne.
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