Game of Thrones Season 5 - Cersei Lannister and Meryn Trant

And now that we’ve picked apart every angle, our final power rankings for the major characters as we head into Game of Thrones Season 5.

#1 Cersei Lannister

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With Tywin and Tyrion gone, Jaime on her side, and Tommen on the Iron Throne, Cersei is currently sitting pretty. All she has to do now is not screw it up — which may be easier said than done, now that there’s no one to keep her in check or clean up her messes.

#2 Margaery Tyrell

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As savvy as Cersei but richer and better liked, Margaery is strong and getting stronger. But she’s not yet a queen, let alone the queen. Until her relationship with Tommen becomes official, she’s vulnerable to getting thrown out of the game altogether.

#3 Daenerys Targaryen

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Unstoppable army of eunuchs: check. Fire-breathing dragons: check. Loyal mass of followers: check. Actual governing experience: check. If the Seven Kingdoms chose monarchs based on their resumes, Dany would probably be the top candidate.

For now, though, she’s still stuck across the Narrow Sea. While powerful in theory, in practice she barely even registers to the characters in Westeros.

#4 Tommen Baratheon

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He is technically still the king. He doesn’t have to listen to everything Cersei and Margaery tells him, he’s just too young and impressionable not to.

#5 Stannis Baratheon

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After his drubbing at Blackwater Bay, Stannis is getting back into fighting shape with a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos — and, possibly, the support of the Night’s Watch. He may not be in a position to seize the Iron Throne just yet, but he’s certainly the strongest we’ve seen him since mid-Season 2.

#6 Littlefinger

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Littlefinger’s come a long way since Season 1, and he seems to be climbing still — now with the lords of the Vale on his side. But he didn’t get up here without stepping on a few heads and burning a few bridges. Should he stumble, it’s hard to imagine anyone will be there to help him back up.

#7 Arya Stark

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Arya’s transformation from innocent child to cold-blooded killer seems close to complete, especially now that she’s shed herself of all her personal ties. And if her career as a dealer of death fails to pan out, Arya always has her name to fall back on.

#8 Jon Snow

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Jon has emerged as a ferocious warrior, a loyal friend, and a capable leader. But the Night’s Watch is weak, the wildlings are many, and the White Walkers are busy. It’s unclear whether the arrival of Stannis and his forces will be a boon or a burden.

#9 Doran Martell

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Dorne hasn’t been terribly involved in the War of the Five Kings, but with Oberyn’s death and Trystane’s impending marriage they may finally be spurred into action.

#10 Roose Bolton

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As we’ve seen time and time again on this show, gaining power and keeping power are two very different challenges. The ruthless Boltons are great at seizing control by any means necessary, but the North remembers what they did to the Starks and won’t forgive easily.

#11 Sansa Stark

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Sansa’s spent most of the past few seasons in the company of schemers like Cersei, Margaery, Tyrion, and Littlefinger, and she’s clearly learned a thing or two from them. The question is whether she’s learned enough.

#12 Balon Greyjoy

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The Greyjoys faced a major setback when the Boltons took control of Moat Cailin, a strategic location in the North. Otherwise, though, it seems like everyone’s kind of forgotten about the Iron Islands’ campaign for secession, which gives them plenty of time to devise a strategy.

#13 Tyrion Lannister

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Tyrion has lost everything — his family, his wife, his lover, his status, his home, his money. All he has left now are his wits. On the flip side, he has nothing left to lose, which in turn makes him a dangerous wild card.

#14 Jaime Lannister

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Jaime has lost almost everything, which isn’t the same thing at all. He doesn’t have Cersei’s power, nor Tyrion’s freedom, nor Tywin’s smarts. What he does have are good intentions, a lot of obligations, and a mostly useless gold hand. At this juncture, he’s less a player than a pawn.

Not ranked: Bran Stark

Not only is Bran not playing the game, he’s not even in the next ten episodes. Thus, he has no place on this list. Enjoy your tutelage under the Three-Eyed Raven, kid, and we’ll see you in Season 6.

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