Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 1 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” titled “Valar Dohaeris.”
“Big men fall just as quick as little ones, if you put a sword through their hearts.” — Jon Snow
“Game of Thrones” finally returned last night after 10 long months of silence. And with it, HuffPost TV’s weekly “Game of Thrones” Power Ranking, brought to you by certified ASOIAF nerds Amy Lee and Joe Satran. In case you missed this recap series last season, we’ll be writing a post every week after the episode airs in which we explain how the events of the previous nights episode affected the balance of power in Westeros. In the world of George R.R. Martin’s series, power can change hands in a moment’s notice, so you always have to be vigilant.
Season 3 picks up immediately after the end of Season 2: North of the Wall, with Samwell Tarly witnessing an attack on the Night’s Watch camp at the Fist of the First Men by the Others. The rest of the episode involved a lot of scene-setting and recapping. We aren’t griping — it was delicious scene-setting and recapping — but there wasn’t all that much action. We were mostly seeing the after-effects of the startlingly dramatic final two episodes of the second season.
Still, the wheel of power never stops turning. So scroll down to see where the pieces sit on the board after this week’s episode.
The Power Rankings
Using a complex algorithm that takes into account each player’s wealth, military might and dominion over lands, along with a “bonus” factor that adjusts for unquantifiable assets that could influence events, we’ve surveyed the lay of the land to figure out who is winning the game of thrones at the end of the Season 3 premiere, “Valar Dohaeris.”