Final Game of Thrones Power Rankings
It’s been over a week now since the epic conclusion of the Game of Thrones saga, and the massive void in my life is starting to settle in. That said, I can’t move on with my life and close the book on this vast tale without putting out my Game of Thrones Power Rankings. So, with over 800 words to go, let’s cut right to the chase.
Final Game of Thrones Power Rankings
10. Bronn – Probably going to catch some flack for this one, but Bronn’s my fuckin’ boy. He was promised a castle, and ended up with all of Highgarden. LFG.
9. The Hound – Ever the warrior, The Hound finally fulfilled his destiny and I’m considering him the winner of CleganeBowl. It’s odd how such a violent man could be so lovable by story’s end.
8. Jaime Lannister – The most complex character on the show, Jaime did some good. He did some bad. But, by the end, it felt like we were all rooting for the guy to turn a corner.
7. Brienne of Tarth – Brienne gets a spot on the king’s council by the end of the saga, and all the way ’til the end, she was the most wholly good character on the show.
6. Dany – The highest ranked dead character. I believe she had the best of intentions, but felt like she was backed into a corner. At that point, some of her more violent desires took over. Throughout the show, she’s had many people surrounding her that kept her in check, but those people are now dead. Her vision lives on, but with the immense power she had, I think it’s fair to say she couldn’t be trusted to cease the warring.
5. Tyrion Lannister – How many times should Tyrion have died? And yet, he still survived, as persistent as ever. Kinda hated how dumb they made him look in the final season, but it doesn’t undo all of the solid work he put in before. The story ends with him as Hand of the King, a King he believes in, no less.
4. Bran Stark – Technically, he’s the ultimate winner of the Game of Thrones, right? I mean, the saga ends with King Bran the Broken, so Vegas has to be paying out those ‘Bran takes the throne’ bets. People are enraged by it, but honestly, I’m good with it.
I completely get what Tyrion meant by Bran having a story that people could get behind. It makes perfect sense – a boy crippled in his youth, that traveled north of The Wall to become the Three Eyed Raven, he essentially baited the Night King to his death, and is overall a just dude.
Sure, Gendry could’ve stood up and been like, “hey y’all, my dad was the king and all…I could probably do it…” but that’s missing the entire point of “breaking the wheel.” Bran’s broken cod ensures that bloodlines will no longer determine rulers. I’m here for it. Go Bran.
3. Sansa Stark – I really didn’t like what Sansa was earlier on in the show. She was a student of Littlefinger, I know, and she’d eventually use his teachings to play the game. But, she seemed like little more than a pawn. To see her transform into a true queen and ruler in the north was awesome. Plus, it turned out that her intuition on Dany was right. Sansa’s a badass.
2. Arya Stark – It’s interesting to look back at the early episodes of Game of Thrones and see just how uniquely and drastically the Stark children changed over the course of the story. But, for me, no transformation was as important as Arya’s.
Without her (in my opinion, boring) time spent training with the Faceless Men, there’s no way she’s able to defeat the Night King, and the entire story turns out differently. Likely, everyone in Winterfell would’ve died. She gets the happy ending of sailing free throughout the unknown world yet to be discovered.
1.Jon Snow – Y’all fuckin’ crazy if you’re still not considering Jon the big hero of all of this. He started out as the bastard son of Ned Stark, and was one of the few characters who got a (for the most part) happy ending. I mean, sure – he lost loved ones along the way. He watched the only two women he ever loved die in front of him (one at his own hand). But, all things considered, retiring north of The Wall, reunited with Tormund, the Wildlings, and Ghost, to presumably live out a peaceful life – I mean, that’s about as good as it gets.
Just look at all he accomplished – Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, successfully ushered in peace between the Night’s Watch and the Wildlings, he literally died and came back to life, rode a dragon, killed White Walkers, and I’m sure I’m forgetting things off the top of my head.
I don’t know – I’m #TeamJon on this one, y’all.
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