Last week on Game Of Thrones, the Iron Islands held an election, Bran overslept, and Hodor held the door. This week, Gilly meets Sam’s family, Arya made a choice, and Jaime confronted the High Sparrow. GOT is all about how people jockey for power, so click through for our SPOILER-FILLED season six Game Of Thrones Power Rankings.

Game Of Thrones Power Rankings, Week 6

1. Dragonsplaining: As Daario 2.0 points out in the hanging chad of a final scene, Dany is much better at being a conquerer than she is at sitting on a throne (or, ya know, governing). More of a wartime leader than a peacetime ruler. But like any decent politician, she's pretty good at giving rousing stump speeches (and in foreign languages too), and the Dothraki horde is pumped. The only thing better than a rousing stump speech is a rousing stump speech given on top of a freakin' giant dragon.

If the High Sparrow is Bernie Sanders and Ramsay Bolton is Donald Trump, then Dany really might be the Hillary Clinton Westeros needs. "Are you with me?" is just one step away from, "I'm with Her."

2. Game Of Metatextual Thrones: After a string of superlative door-holding, Dothraki-burning, Jon Snow-reviving episodes, this was probably the most disjointed hour of the season (at least since the premiere). It wasn't bad, just not as thematically tight or emotionally resonant as recent weeks. But it was a necessary survey to check in on some slower-moving storylines (The Real Housewives Of Horn Hill, King's Landing's religious takeover, Arya's training), lay some more grandwork for everyone's season endgames, and pose a lot of questions about who is or isn't acting out a role at this point (particularly with Margaery, Arya, Sam/Gilly, Cersei).

To that end, we got a lot of metatextual storytelling happening within the episode. There were Bran's flashes to start the episode (“Bran had to absorb the entire history of the world in imagery,” showrunner David Benioff says in the video up above), which included a lot of previously-seen White Walker scenes, visions of Dany, Stark history & wildfire, and most intriguingly, previously-unseen footage of Jaime killing the Mad King (who also says "burn them all"). Vanity Fair has a more detailed rundown of the visions.

There was Gilly underlining one of the themes of the entire show when she tells Sam, "I'm angry that horrible people can treat good people [terribly] and get away with it." There was Walder Frey catching us up on the last three years (or whatever) in the Riverlands. And most importantly, there was the theater troupe's play-within-a-play, giving the people of Braavos a recap of the season four King's Landing storyline (with scenes taken directly, more or less, from "The Lion and The Rose" and "The Children"). To top it off, we also got an All About Eve riff behind-the-scenes of the play.

3. Nervous Talkers: As he explains to Gilly, Samwell has good reason not to feel welcome back at Horn Hill. "His mother and sister and brother are all fundamentally decent people but his father is just a cold hearted bastard when it comes to his distant son," co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who wrote this episode, told EW. "There’s a painful part of the scene where his father just unloads on him and tells him every hateful thing he ever thought about him and Sam can’t defend himself. We found that fascinating — Sam has killed a man, he’s killed a white walker, he’s emerged as such a great hero, but he still can’t stand up do his dad."

The thing that's remarkable is that when Sam bursts back through the doors of Gilly's room later on, he finally can see himself through Gilly's eyes. And he's suddenly been transformed into peak period romantic-comedy Tom Hanks. He puts his chosen family above his rotten father, and then he puts his middle finger up at him for good measure by taking the family's Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane on the way out.

4. Bad Dads: While Sam's become a member of the very exclusive Ned Stark Club For Excellent Father Figures, Randyll Tarly joins the larger, shittier group of classic terrible GoT dads (see: Tywin Lannister, Walder Frey, Roose Bolton, Stannis Baratheon). Something tells us this isn't the last we'll see of him, unfortunately.

5. Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Viral: Forget Cersei's threats to burn down the entire kingdom and forget Arya's kill list: the woman who keeps punking her ex-boyfriend with GoT spoilers is the coldest, baddest woman in town.

6. It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Margaery: Although it was played pretty ambiguously in this episode, everything we've seen over recent seasons—and especially in her meeting with Loras a few episodes ago (helpfully spotlighted in the Previously Ons)—indicate Margaery is playing the game at an advanced level now. She has Tommen wrapped around her finger, she's secured her freedom without having to get naked in the streets, she's driven Jaime and Cersei apart, and she's fortified her role as Queen. Even her grandmother didn't see this move coming (she assumes the High Sparrow is in total control of the situation, which doesn't seem so to me). Assuming she will be able to exonerate her brother, it'll be pretty fascinating to see if and when she makes her move against the Sparrows.

7. Holding The Door For Eternity: We're still not over the devastating loss of Hodor last week, and neither are a lot of aspiring vandals. Actor Kristian Nairn better get used to a lot of unwanted attention at elevators for the rest of his life.


8. The High Sparrow's 24-Hour Personal Tailor And Blacksmith: Considering that it didn't seem like a large amount of time passed between Margaery's meeting with Tommen and her aborted walk of atonement, the High Sparrow was really able to turn around those new Kingsguard uniforms shockingly quickly.

9. Arya Finally Breaks Up With The Face-Shifting Assassin Monks Who Speak In The Third Person And Occasionally Blind You To Teach You Some Sort Of O Henry-esque Lesson: We noted in the second episode of the season that we weren't wholly convinced of Arya's commitment to giving up her personality with everyone's favorite face-borrowing cult, but any chance of that coming to be was thrown out the window once Arya bonded with the actress Lady Crane ("Do you like to pretend to be other people?" cut especially deep). It was satisfying seeing a flash of her old self laughing at Joffrey's stage death; it was even better when she retrieved Needle from outside The House Of Black and White and prepared herself for her would-be assassin. Which hopefully means Arya's gonna get back into the action soon.

10. Long Lost Relative Subplots From Daytime Soap Operas: Welcome back Benjen Stark, aka Coldhands (although no one calls you that in the show, a lot of book readers have been eagerly awaiting your appearance for a couple seasons now). Benjen, Ned's brother, was last seen in the third episode of season one ("Lord Snow") heading north of the Wall on a ranging expedition. His disappearance is what led Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, Jon Snow and others to go beyond the Wall in season two (and led to Jon "going undercover" with the Wildings).

Since then, it seems Benjen has been stabbed by a White Walker and revived by the Children of the Forest, who shoved dragonglass into his chest, leaving him as...some sort of half-magical, half-human creature? Someone with very cold hands? Either way, he knows more about the magical side of things (the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran's destiny) than he is explicitly saying right now.

Of course, there is some controversy as to whether George R.R. Martin meant for the mysterious creature Coldhands to be Benjen or not...

But maybe we're all overthinking this one.

11. Massive Exposition Dumps In Which Walder Frey Eats & Shouts At People: We haven't seen Lord Frey since the season three finale "Mhysa," but here he is in the exact same banquet hall boasting about the exact same accomplishments (doesn't the Red Wedding feel like three years ago? That's because it was!). We didn't miss this black hole of charm, but we also are pretty certain he's not long for this world.

12. The Worst Teenager North Of The Wall: Bran will one day grow up to be the new Gandalf The Three Eyed Raven, but until then, he's just gonna be that high schooler who is trying to cram in a semester's worth of work the night before the exam.

13. Jaime "Human Embodiment Of A C+" Lannister: Pros: Deadpans during Mace Tyrell's speech, climbs the stairs of the Sept with his horse. Cons: Gets his ass handed to him by the High Sparrow; shakes his head at his son's stupidity; loses his job as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard; gets sent away from King's Landing (and his family) for the 40th time; becomes incapable of doing anything without someone telling him to do it. At least he's got...incest?

14. Tommen, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Boners: Jaime got to climb the stairs on that horse. What did Tommen do this week? He was manipulated by Margaery and the High Sparrow, and then he sent away his only Uncle Father. Also, it hit me hard during the Iron Throne scene: Tommen has a weird voice.

The Viserys Targaryen Memorial Least Powerful Person Of The Week Award: Big ups to Lord Edmure Tully (last seen being escorted to a dungeon on his wedding night), who apparently spent the last couple of years frozen in carbonite.

Based on what actor Tobias Menzies told EW about the immediate future, Edmure will have to choose between helping his family or accepting a lifetime appointment to this award section: "He is still a prisoner of the Freys and then the Freys try and use him as bait to reclaim Riverrun, which is his ancestral home. And then Jamie Lannister gets involved. [Edmure] becomes a pawn in a large political fight. He ends up having to make a very difficult decision over whether to betray his family."

The Ser Pounce Memorial Most Powerful Pet Of The Week Award: The easy pick would be Drogon, who looks three times as big as the last time we saw him. But the smart pick—the right pick—is none other than Jaime's Very Good Horse Who Climbs Up The Sept Stairs Good Job Great Horsing Around. That horse probably wouldn't get spooked even if it saw a loose seal.

Special shoutout to the Mother of Puppies as well:

A WALL TO REMEMBER: WHEN TORMUND MET BRIENNE We didn't check in this week with either player in the greatest love story in Westerosi history. But their passion shall endure in recut romantic-comedy trailers forevermore:

Despite Brienne's ancestral relationship to Ser Duncan the Tall, Tormund's penetrating gaze is getting to her: "I enjoyed Brienne being put in that position of feeling awkward and not wanting the attention," actress Gwendoline Christie told EW. "He’s a wildling, he’s very sensual and animal-like and very forthright with his emotions and feelings — which is really the opposite of [Brienne]. I enjoyed trying to navigate that and the beauty of her embarrassment. She can totally deal with the situation, and with him, but she’s just so embarrassed about it."

And with both Brienne and Jaime headed to Riverrun, we might get our first notable GoT love triangle:

The Hodoriffic Honorary Minor Character Of The Week Award: Like there could be anyone else when The Lord Oaf Of Highgarden made sure to don his finest feathers for battle.

Also, forget about Dany's thunderous Dothraki TED talk—Mace Tyrell delivered the most inspiring speech in Westerosi history with this doozy: "My friends, the hour has come. Madness has overtaken this city and grasped in its claws...MY CHILDREN! And now we must drive it back under the rocks whence it came. Madness...HAS HAD ITS DAY." The Tyrell house words might be "Growing Strong," but Mace's personal mantra is definitely "What's Happening?"

The Honorary Olly Award For Person I'm Excited To See Die, I Don't Even Care If She Turns Out To Be Syrio In Disguise: I don't care for the Waif.

This Is A Good Gif: Right?

Rickon Watch 2016: Is Rickon Going To Die? Has Little Samwell Jr. had more screentime in GoT than our beloved Rickon? Well, probably, but...but only one of them co-starred in San Andreas as a character named Ollie?!

Way Beyond The Wall: As ever, we didn't have time to check in on all our favorite wargs and weirdos. We didn't actually see Loras Tyrell. No sign of Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Ser Davos, Melisandre, Tormund or Brienne. No Night's King or White Walkers. Ser Friendstone is off traveling the world, while Tyrion, Varys, Grey Worm and Missandei are probably enjoying a rousing game of checkers in Meereen. No Grand Maester Pycelle, Qyburn, or Children of the Forest either.

We didn't take a trip to the Iron Islands, nor did we check in to see where Yara and Theon Greyjoy 3.0: The Reboot ended up. No trip to Winterfell, so no Ramsay Bolton or Rickon Stark. No The Accent Formerly Known As Littlefinger or Robyn Arryn, aka Prepubescent Julian Casablancas. Still no sign of Dorne/Sand Snakes/Ellaria Sand since the premiere (we are very okay with that), and no Ser Bronn (but at least Jaime mentioned him by name).

Now to our regular absentees: no Previously On GoT Replay Of Joffrey Baratheon's Death, Previously On GoT Ghost Of Ned Stark's Manbun, or Previously On GoT Ghost Of Robert Baratheon's Unkempt Beard. No sign of Pirate Of Stannis Salladhor Saan (remember him?). No Brotherhood Without Banners (though they did get a shoutout from the Freys), Thoros Of Myr or Beric Dondarrion. No Hot Pie, no Hound, and definitely no Gendry (you know! The guy on the rowboat!).

On next week's episode of GoT ("The Broken Man"): "The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded. " Until then, enjoy the theme to the "Game of Molds."