Last week on Game Of Thrones, Jon made a pact, Dany made a decision, and Stannis made a move. This week, the Queen of Thorns returned, the Sand Snakes attacked, and Sansa got hitched. GOT is all about how people jockey for power, so click through for our season five Game Of Thrones Power Rankings.

Game Of Thrones Power Rankings, Week 6:

1. Mad Men: Ah shit. I like watching Tyrion talk his way out of imminent death as much as the next GOT blogger, but tonight's episode was completely overshadowed by the series finale of Mad Men. Put Joan on the Iron Throne and be done with it already.

So let's talk about it for a minute. NO SPOILERS, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if it felt at times (in both the unnervingly satisfying conclusions for certain characters in NYC as well as the frustrating-but-thematically-perfect Californian reverie) like we had landed in bizarro world. Could the episode walk a tightrope between fan fiction and deep cynicism without making like the falling man in the credits?

One thing that really struck me: Stan reassures Peggy at one point that Don will be fine and return eventually, because he is a survivor; Peggy later notes that Stan is always right. So you can come to your own conclusions about the oblique ending—it certainly leaves room for endless discussion, much like The Sopranos ending begged you to not stop believing. Don Draper spent this season grappling with a question posed by the Peggy Lee song that soundtracked the start of the 2015 premiere, "Severance:" Is That All There Is?" He asked colleagues what they saw in the future. His dead boss told him the best things in life are free. He fixed a broken Coke machine for a stranger. He looked deep into his soul and he pulled out a jingle.

Or maybe he didn't. The most important part is the lingering feeling. Even with the frustrating moments, I felt something deeply. It was always the case with Mad Men.

2. Okay, What If We Just Pretend The Last Scene Didn't Happen? Regardless of whether it was a soapy betrayal or a fittingly weird exclamation mark, I'll be mulling over the Mad Men finale for weeks. Scenes and images like the phone conversation between Stan and Peggy, Joan's new life, Sally doing the dishes, and Don's smile all linger with me for awhile. Mad Men was the best thing on TV on a night loaded with entertaining, challenging TV.

And challenging is certainly the word I'd use for tonight's GOT. What am I going to remember first and foremost about this episode? The last scene. The god damn miserable last scene. They achieved their goal if they wanted people to feel throughly disturbed. There is no avoiding it, which is why I'm sticking it up top. It overwhelms everything that came before. I kept thinking: hasn't Ramsay done enough to prove that he is a sadistic maniac? Hasn't he been doing that since he was introduced in season three?

We don't learn anything more about him, or the Boltons, by him raping Sansa in front of Reek on their wedding night. Is it just a reminder that this world is cruel and merciless? That the ultimate rules—you win or you die—means things are going to end badly for most everyone involved? Do we just need to build up hatred for Ramsay so that the violent comedown is that much more "satisfying?"

If the show is just playing into our base lust for revenge fantasies at the expense of characterization, then it's hollow. Sansa—Darth Sansa!—was supposed to have agency now. She dyed her hair, picked up some tips from Littlefinger, rejected Brienne's help, and vowed revenge on the Boltons. But it's one step forward two steps back here, and there's nothing about the final scene to suggest her transformation is anything more than window dressing—or worse, merely fodder for Theon's growth (his is the last face we see). With a few extra lines, this could have gone a very different route.

Myles McNutt of the AV Club articulated some of the problems:

But in context, it’s a tough scene to take, and not necessarily in the way the show intends (as, to be fair, we’re meant to be disturbed by the scene). The issue with the show returning to rape as a trope is not simply because there have been thinkpieces speaking out against it, and is not solely driven by the rational concerns lying at the heart of those thinkpieces. It’s also that the show has lost my faith as a viewer that the writers know how to articulate the aftermath of this rape effectively within the limited time offered to each storyline in a given episode and given season. Three of the show’s main female characters have now been raped, and yet the show has struggled to make this a part of their character history—their rapes may function as narrative climaxes, but the rising action has never been particularly well-drawn, and the denouement has been non-existent.

And here's how actress Sophie Turner described her take on it to Time:

I love the fact she’s back home reclaiming what’s hers. But at the same time she’s being held prisoner in her own home. When I got the scripts, it was bit like, dude, I felt so bad for her. But I also felt excited because it was so sick, and being reunited with Theon too, and seeing how their relationship plays out. Theon’s a member of the Stark clan but she thinks he totally betrayed and killed her brothers. It’s a messed-up relationship between them.

We understand by now, after many on-screen examples, that rape is a very normal part of this world. There is a need for viewers to feel there is a real and present danger for our protagonists at all times—but at a certain point, the gratuitousness becomes grating (and insulting).

If this is all leading to Theon saving her, then a) that's good for Theon but, b) it really undermines the work that has been put into making Sansa more than a pawn for others. I don't think it's ridiculous to expect that Sansa could be a survivor without the aide of the remnants of her douchey sorta-adopted brother.

Adding to the chaos with this episode: everyone is lying and no one is truly in control. Cersei's scheming has sparked a serious schism with the Tyrells, but she has handed over authority to the High Sparrow and his religious fanatics, and she can't just stop their quest for justice. Littlefinger's anarchic plans are starting to sound more confusing and improvisatory than brilliant. The Sand Snakes' big move to avenge Oberyn amounts to, "Grab her? Then go somewhere else?"

There were a lot of good things of course—Tyrion and Jorah's misadventures, the return of the Queen Of Thorns, Arya's progress the glimpse of the Faceless Men's face emporium—but this may have been my least favorite episode since the start of the Power Rankings.

But I'm pretty sure there are going to be lots of good stuff in the final four episodes. And there's important ranking to be done now.

3. Arya & The Face-Shifting Assassin Monks Who Speak In The Third Person: By embracing not being herself, Arya takes another step toward becoming no one. She hasn't quite earned the right to start referring to herself in the third person, but she does get a glimpse at the basement, which is apparently a Costco of faces.

4. High Sparrow: He and his fanatics have become the Charlie Kellys of Westeros.

5. Cersei's Sass-Fest: Between her conversations with Littlefinger and Olenna Tyrell, this was an excellent episode for Cersei's regal shade throwing.

6. The Return Of Queen of Thorns/Olenna Tyrell: "Oh, you can smell the shit from five miles away." IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK. Still, it's a bit shocking to see her outmaneuvered by Cersei already.

7. Littlefinger: I find myself thinking of a joke that Seinfeld reused a few times through its run: whenever anyone said a plan or decision was all good "barring any unforeseen incident..." something terrible would immediately happen and ruin everything. Littlefinger might be the savviest plotter in Westeros, but his plan seems ripe for just some unforeseen incidents.

8. The Leather Jacket Brothers: Bronn has a lovely singing voice! Jamie punched a girl. And now they're both prisoners.

9. Mr Eko! A new cast member! With a very familiar face! All we can say is, we hope he likes filming in Spain more than he enjoyed filming in Hawaii.

10. Tristam Martell & Mycella Lannister, The Romeo & Juliet We Never Wanted: I don't know, they were there.

11. Tyrion Lannister's Budding Friendship With Ser Friendstone: These two may have stumbled out of the fire of Jurassic Valayria and into the frying pan of slavery, but at least they're still headed in the right direction! And at least we're getting lots of wonderful dialogue along the way.

12. Margaery In Chains: Yeah, this was really not a great episode for any women, was it?

13. Sand Snakes: I can't emphasize just how disappointed I was with this story and its execution thus far. Sure, it was a pretty good fight scene visually, but their plan for revenge was haphazard and thin. "Let's take her captive...in daylight...in the royal courtyard...Ellaria Sand will wait for us in a random hallway...hey, can someone explain again why we don't just slit her throat?"

14. Sansa, Reek & Those Lovable Boltons: I said enough about this all above. I'll let a few other voices chime in.

15. Weddings: More proof that you should never complain about a shitty DJ, no open bar, or a boring best man speech.

The Viserys Targaryen Memorial Least Powerful Person Of The Week Award: King Tommen, Lord Of The Boners makes a strong case for himself this week with his frozen terror at defying anyone, but we have to give it to Loras Tyrell again, considering how grim things are looking for him right now.

Hey, Remember That Thing That Happened? Of The Week: In case you got confused during Tyrion and Ser Friendstone's conversation, Jorah's dad was the one and only Jeor Mormont, the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch who took Jon Snow under his wing and was killed by the mutinous Watchmen at Craster's Keep.

And here's the moment from season one when Jorah killed a Dothraki warrior:

The Real Mother Of Dragons

Make Of This What You Will Of The Week

Melissandre's Merkin Magic: Actress Carice van Houten did a Twitter Q&A. Check out a couple highlights.

Way Beyond The Wall: Another week of condensed storylines means we missed out on everything going on at The Wall (Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly, Gilly, The Wildings), the Dragonstone crew (Stannis, Davos, Melissandre), and Meereen (Dany, Daario 2.0, Grey Worm, Hizdahr lo Loraq, The Luckiest Man In Meereen, Sons Of The Harpy). Also no sign of Grand Maester Pycelle, Varys, Brienne Of Fucking Tarth & World's Oldest Squire Podrick Payne, or The Lord Oaf Of Highgarden.

Now to our regular absentees: no Previously On GOT Replay Of Joffrey Baratheon's Death, and Pirate Of Stannis Salladhor Saan. There was obviously no Bran/Hodor/Tree Wizard (duh), no distant Tully relatives (Edmure, Blackfish) and no Brotherhood Without Banners. We do remember who Hot Pie and Gendry are, but we only sorta remember what they look like.

As ever, we don't know what's the status on The Hound or The Mountain (unless he was the thing that groaned in Qyburn's lab a few weeks back), both of whom seemed to be in various states of mortal danger last we saw.

Next week on Game Of Thrones, "Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime attempts to reconnect with family." Until then, enjoy the Game of Thrones theme with not one, not two, not seven, but 10 guitars: