Last week on Game Of Thrones, Sansa travelled to The Wall, Tyrion negotiated, and Dany started a fire. This week, the Iron Islands held an election, Bran overslept, and Hodor held the door. 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 5

1. The Imminent Arrival Of Winter, Which Has, For Some Time, Been Coming (Or So We've Heard): Our favorite Thriller enthusiast is back, and he's brought his merry band of skeleton cannon fodder with him. The Night's King—who is Freddy Krueger, Voldemort, Peter Frampton, or some unholy combination of the three— made a suitably dramatic return to the story in the thrilling final fifteen minutes of the episode, marking Bran and briefly turning the episode into a horror film. Something tells us his newfound connection to Bran is going to cause some pretty serious waves in the future (or perhaps the past...).

2. Hold The Door, Hodor: For the last time, this longtime fan favorite—someone whose great strength and bigger heart defined him as much as his disyllabic speech—got to be the tragic hero. Hodor never had a chance to live his own life because of Bran's unwitting (but ultimately necessary) intervention into the past. It was kind of like Rian Johnson's Looper, only with more seizures.

Actor Kristian Nairn told EW that he only saw the final scene for the first time recently, and he had tears in his eyes watching the character die: "I couldn’t be happier how he has gone out," he said. "The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open. You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied. So who knows? He may come back as a White Walker, maybe he got away. But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love. My favorite part is it ties up the question of why is Hodor “Hodor.” Why does he say the word “Hodor”? Only George R.R. Martin or David and Dan could have come up with this. It’s incredibly sad. The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him!"

(For the record, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed in the video up above that Martin revealed the Hodor twist to them awhile ago.)

If this is the end for Bran's protector, we only hope Hodor The Magnificent is playing a particularly hot DJ set in Westerosi Heaven. And maybe discussing women's rights.

3. Death: This was a pretty brutal episode (not Farewell Mr. Bunting-levels brutal, but still), so let's take a moment to acknowledge that the Many-Faced God (or whomever) took a few more special faces for its trophy face collection. Goodbye to Hodor, the best EDM DJ in Westeros; goodbye to Summer, one of the five best direwolves in Winterfell history; goodbye to Gandalf The Three Eyed-Raven, who turned into black pixie dust or whatever while still warging; and goodbye to the Children Of The Forest, who had neat little Green Goblin pumpkin bombs (although the whole inventing-the-White-Walkers thing turned out to be a HUGE bummer).

4. Trying To Figure Out What The Heck Is Going On With Sansa & Jon: Sansa had a very strong episode (her days of being a pawn for deranged and unhealthy men certainly seems to be over), giving Littlefinger the brush-off he deserves ("I don't believe you anymore, I don't need you anymore, you can't protect me"), but she still seems to be playing by his rulebook. Is it just that she has "a Doctorate in Machiavellian Tactics from the Littlefinger School of Social Sciences" and doesn't trust anyone (except Brienne) quite yet? Has Littlefinger gotten under her skin about Jon's loyalties? When did she have time to knit him a new outfit? Is she going to legitimize him like Roose did for Ramsay?

Or is there something even weirder going on...

5. The Only Ship That Matters: Tormund/Brienne Shippers: They may not see each other again until the end of the season, so let's all savor this while we can. Lord knows people want it to happen.


6. Mother Of Dragons, Breaker Of Chains...All That: Banishment doesn't get through to Nice Guys. The threat of death doesn't get through to Nice Guys. Even having a fatal case of dry skin doesn't get through to this particular Nice Guy! And somehow, romantic music is now playing in the background: "When I take the Seven Kingdoms, I need you by my side." Forget Dothraki, Dany is now fluent in Dothcorny.

7. The Fault In Our Jorah: We've reached the part in the movie when Ser Friendstone has to declare his love for his best friend/mentee/daughter-figure/dragon-birther immediately after revealing to her that he has a terminal illness (and in front of the guy she is currently involved with, ~drama~). The fact he mentions that, "Tyrion Lannister was right" does sweeten the pot though.

Overall, it was a one-step-forward, two-steps-back kinda week for our favorite exposition dumper: his beloved queen might have ordered him to find a cure for greyscale and return to her side, but only as a pal. Where we're going, we're going to need a bigger Friendzone.

8. Tyrion's Topsy-Turvy Rollercoaster Of Political Gamesmanship Hits The Proverbial Religious Third Wheel: With a fragile peace in place for the time being in Meereen, Tyrion wisely moves to hook up with his very own Red Woman to spread the gospel of Khaleesi. And like Melisandre, she has her own special (presumably age-defying) amulet and some strong opinions about who The One Who Is Promised really is.

Varys however isn't as trusting of "fanatics," even if they can't be bought or influenced, which makes a lot of sense: back in season three, Varys told Tyrion how he met a magician as a child who gave him a potion, cut off his genitals, then communed with the Red God (or some sort of spirit/God/voice):

He threw my parts on a brazier, chanting all the while. The flames burned blue, and I heard a voice answer his call. I still dream of that night. Not of the sorcerer, not of his blade, but of the voice. Was it a god? A demon? Some conjurer's trick? I don't know. All I know is that he called, and a voice answered. And ever since that day, I have hated magic, and all who practice it.

Vary's horrified face as she offers details about his childhood trauma speaks volumes.

9. Arya Attends A Local Theater Production: Pretty good Robert Baratheon impression (it was especially nice to see Arya smiling so much), but the actor playing Ned Stark really leaves a lot to be desired. It isn't a, um, wholly accurate summation of the King's Landing plot from the first couple seasons, but it is very interesting to see how the origins of the War Of Five Kings have trickled down to the common folk. And it was very convincing farting.

9.5. The Monthly Meeting Of 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 Is Now In Session:

10. Poor Man's Oberyn Martell: If we think really hard, we remember another mysterious rapscallion who suddenly showed up one day in season four and proceeded to act like he owned the place. Except Euron Greyjoy, the new king of the Iron Islands, isn't half as charming or roguish as the Red Viper was. Although something tells us they share a love of gallivanting around the world while having a grand old time.

11. Observations From Primary Day At The Kingsmoot:

  • So after all that hype from heavy metal Willie Nelson, the Iron Islands political process basically consists of a lot of impassioned speeches about salt thrones and boat-building.
  • On the plus side, we have a much better idea of why we are spending so much time in the Iron Islands—and how this storyline will connect with everything going on in the rest of the Known World—with both Euron and (presumably) Yara racing to go pledge their ships and loyalty to Dany.
  • The Ironborne are really chill about murder confessions.
  • Since when has Reek turned back into Theon Greyjoy? It's one thing to stammer his way into a tear-filled apology to his sister while in private, but it's another thing to suddenly be able to give an articulate, rousing-ish speech to a large crowd. Do the Iron Islands provide universal health care and therapy to their citizens in addition to embracing the democratic process?
  • As a society, high blood pressure must be through the roof for the Ironborne.

12. The Accent Formerly Known As Littlefinger Apology Tour: Whisperfinger really needs a lozenge right about now. Even if he really did misjudge Ramsay (which seems to be the case), even if he spent most of the last two seasons grooming Sansa and empowering her to control her destiny, he still can't help but sow discord among everyone he comes across. Chaos is still a ladder, after all.

13. Bran Sleeps In & Ruins Everything: His direwolf died protecting him, his mentor died leading him through the past, he's just realized he ruined his best friend's life even before he met him, and he may be responsible for the annihilation of an entire race of forest people. "Dammit Bran!" may very well soon become the new Stark house motto.

14. Children Of The Forest: Bran's storyline since he reached the weirwoods has made us feel like many of our main characters would turn out to be pawns in a centuries-long battle between god-like creatures (White Walkers/The First Men/Children of the Forest)...and now it turns out that the Children actually made the White Walkers as a kind of defense against mankind, because of fracking or overlogging or whatever. If you tend to enjoy the gritty, realistic, politically-minded side of GoT, then this episode's big dive into magical daggers and patterns in the ground might not have been your cup of tea (though, who could hate a skeleton army!). Either way, like the followers in the Temple in the final season of Lost, it seems as though we may have seen the last of the Children (and we probably won't miss them that much).

15. Meera Reed & Her "WTF Have I Gotten Myself Into" Face: She seems somewhat concerned by the hordes of undead zombies swarming like spiders, doesn't she? At least she had some nifty dragonglass at the end of her spear, making her the third person (along with Sam and Jon) to kill a White Walker in the past couple hundred years.

The Viserys Targaryen Memorial Least Powerful Person Of The Week Award: Being stuck in warg-ville while physically trapped in a tree as White Walkers and wights overrun the place certainly gives Gandalf the Now-Deceased Three-Eyed Raven a good claim to this one.

The Ser Pounce Memorial Most Powerful Pet Of The Week Award: Another week, another dead direwolf. Pour one out for Summer, who was a Very Good Diredoggy:

To wash that down, check out this very brave kitten—and look at The Mountain's tiny puppy!

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Hey, Remember That Thing That Happened? Of The Week Thanks to Littlefinger, we know that Blackfish, aka Brynden Tully, is still alive and has his own army in the Riverrun. In case it's all a little fuzzy, Blackfish is Catelyn Stark's beloved uncle who we last saw going to relieve himself, narrowly escaping the Red Wedding massacre in the second-to-last episode of season three.

Ominous Foreshadowing Of The Week: "Don't knock it down while I'm gone," Jon tells Dolorous Edd before leaving The Wall. A lot of eagle-eyed fans have some theories about that...

The Hodoriffic Honorary Minor Character Of The Week Award: We ask for a moment of silence in honor of our fallen friend. And we present four seasons worth of Hodors.

Television Mad Libs Theater: Is 'Game Of Thrones' Turning Into 'Lost'? After all, Sansa basically convinced Jon, "we have to go back to Winterfell!" last week. Then this week, we get a time-travel plot that conjures up classic mind-bending episodes including "The Constant" (both episodes were directed by Jack Bender) and "The Variable," when we realize Daniel Faraday's mother has lived her life knowing she would one day kill her son. And with Hodor's name reveal, we now have the vague impression that time travel is canon in the show. What's next, the secret origins of Ramsay Bolton's tattoos? A plot where Bran inadvertently encourages the Mad King to burn King's Landing? A flash-sideways universe where Ned's Manbun is still alive?

The Remember Roz Sexy Times & Fleshy Human Bits Quotient:

Rickon Watch 2016: Is Rickon Going To Die? And we're back to Rickon barely being mentioned by name. "Oh good, it's just like 2013-2016 all over again!" At least someone was kind enough to make a six and a half minute video devoted to his "Rickon Stark Theory and Snow Bowl."

Though, I have to say, Rickon as Princess Leia is pretty beautiful.

Way Beyond The Wall: As ever, we didn't have time to check in on all our favorite wargs and weirdos. Sam the Slayer and Gilly are still making their way to Oldtown. We didn't visit King's Landing for the first time this season, so no Cersei, Jamie, Tommen, Grand Maester Pycelle, High Sparrow, lower Sparrows, or Septa Unella; no Tyrells (Margaery, Queen of Thorns, Loras, Lord Oaf Of Highgarden), Qyburn, little birds, or Zombie Mountain. No trip to Winterfell either, so no Ramsay Bolton or Rickon Stark (see above). No Robyn Arryn, aka Prepubescent Julian Casablancas. Still no sign since the premiere of Dorne/Sand Snakes/Ellaria Sand (we are very okay with that), and no Ser Bronn (we are less pleased about that).

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 distant Tully relatives (Edmure, though we did hear of Blackfish!) and no Brotherhood Without Banners/Thoros Of Myr/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 ("Blood Of My Blood"): "An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly meets Sam’s family. Arya faces a difficult choice. Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow." Until then, enjoy the traditional Indian Desi rendition of the GoT theme: