Last week on Game Of Thrones, Arya ran into an old friend, Jon decided to take a trip, and Theon went for a swim. This week, the Queen of Thorns dispensed some advice, Cersei got some revenge, and Dany and Jon finally came face-to-face. GoT is all about how people jockey for power, so click through for our SPOILER-FILLED season seven Game of Thrones Power Rankings.

Game Of Thrones Season Seven Power Rankings, Week 3

1. Villains: While nobody is totally black and white in GoT at this point (the days of sadists like Joffrey and Ramsay shooting up innocents with crossbows for fun are long past), but this was still a very good week for the ostensible "bad guys" of the show. Euron got to parade his prisoners through King's Landing and soak up all the attention; Cersei got her revenge on Ellaria Sand for killing her daughter and got the upper hand in her war with Dany; and Olenna Tyrell bit the dust while Jaime looked on. Just keep in mind: many who have been at the top of the pile at the start of any given season were bound for an epic comedown by the end of the season (see: Cersei in season five, Robb Stark in season three).

2. The Queen Of Thorns: Normally, when someone is forced to drink poison after having their castle ransacked, that would be considered grounds for the bottom of the Power Rankings. However, when that person is Olenna Tyrell, and she goes out (in one of the best scenes of the season thus far) by taunting the Lannisters over her role in Joffrey's death, it becomes pure ownage the likes of which we haven't seen since Cersei murdered one-third of King's Landing with wildfire.

The Queen Of Thorns was a survivor who understood how to play the game better than almost everyone else. She loved her grandchildren, deeply appreciated Brienne, was a verbal sparring partner with everyone from Tywin Lannister to the High Sparrow, and was an expert at ignoring clever men. She was responsible for some of the best one-liners and monologues in the show's history. She has plenty of classic lines here as well: "You must be very wise by now," "He really was a cunt wasn't he," and especially her closing salvo, "I want her to know it was me." She was a legend in her own time, and now her watch has ended.

3. Varys' Top Secret Teleportation Device: If you thought the magical teleportation device had been put in the attic after the sixth season finale—the one in which Varys went from Dorne back to Meereen in order to then board a ship back to Westeros with barely an eyebrow raise (not to mention Jaime travelled from the Riverlands to King's Landing so fast, the Great Sept of Baelor was still smoldering)—then you'd be quite mistaken. Jon Snow must have asked Varys to borrow it, considering how quickly he arrived at Dragonstone after last episode. Jaime must have asked to get it as well to make sure he made it to Highgarden in time for their surprise attack. And there's no doubt Euron must have had dibs on it at some point, since he was able to go from intercepting Yara's ships near Dorne to King's Landing to the Casterly Rock region.

4. Cersei's Unquenchable Thirst For Revenge: Nothing gets Cersei hot and heavy for some incestuous lovemaking like staying up all night fantasizing about the different ways she could have her enemies killed, and then settling on the perfect solution.

5. Jon Snow's Successful Single-Minded Pursuit Of Weaponry To Fight The Undead Despite His Inability To Provide Tangible And Relevant Details About Them:

Dany: Will you bend the knee?
Jon: The army of the dead is coming, I don't have time to kneel, we need to prepare!
Dany: ...what?
Tyrion: I vouch for this guy.
Dany: Kneeling would only take a second...
Jon: The Night King and White Walkers and Dragonglass!
Dany: ...what are you talking about?
Davos: You should trust him, he's very well liked up north.
Dany: Could you describe literally any of this in more detail...
Davos: He also got stabbed in the heart this one time.
Dany: ...what?
Jon: Why is no one listening to me, we are all children, the undead are coming!
Tyrion: I vouch for this guy.
Dany: Jesus christ.
Tyrion: Let him have the Dragonglass, either he's crazy or the army of the undead really is coming and this means we won't have anything left to defend ourselves with.
Dany: I'm starting to think you are terrible at this job.
Davos: Is my accent the problem?

6. Tyrion's Topsy-Turvy Rollercoaster Of Counseling Rulers: There were a lot of reasons why this was my favorite episode of the season so far—the Queen of Thorns' perfect final scene with Jaime, Dany and Jon finally meeting, Cersei getting a heartfelt monologue even as she exacts revenge on Ellaria Sands, everything Euron says—but by far the most important thing is that Tyrion got far more to do than in either of the previous two installments. Peter Dinklage remains arguably the best actor in the entire cast (which is saying a lot, considering that cast also has the likes of Diana Rigg, Lena Headey and Ser Pounce), and he has a mastery of Tyrion's every nuance.

While the acting was spectacular, Tyrion the character had a mixed week: his brokering of a deal between Dany and Jon was masterful, but unfortunately he was outmaneuvered once again by his siblings on the battlefield. He is quite skilled at presenting his own statements as ancient wisdom. And as for his brooding technique, he is certainly above average, even if he lacks Jon Snow's natural moodiness.

7. Psychotic Pirate Joshua Jackson: At least someone is really enjoying being famous.

8. Highway To The Friend Zone: Now that Jorah Mormont has been cured of his greyscale, we can no longer call him Ser Stonehand or Ser Friendstone anymore. But we are almost positive that after he meets up with Dany again, we will still be able to call him Ser SayAnything.

9. Daenerys Stormborn Of The House Targaryen, The First Of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals And The First Men, Khaleesi Of The Great Grass Sea, Breaker Of Chains, Mother Of Dragons, Sleeper Of Daario, Inadvertent Incinerator Of Little Children, The Meereen Machine, Into The Distance Starer, High Lord Of Title-Heavy Introductions, Queen Of Nothing, Arriver At Opportune Times, Master Of Smooth Breakups, Definer Of Perpetuity, Asker Of People To Bend The Knee: Her advisers kind of stink, she's already lost half her allies in Westeros, her plan to take Casterly Rock was a misdirect, and this dude from the North keeps yelling about the undead. Subpar week!

10. Incest: The Sexy Implications Of A Very Sexy Dany/Jon Romance: Are we going there already, even though this episode marked their first meeting ever? We sure as hell are, because the two had some crackling chemistry off the bat. I wouldn't say it was romantic quite yet, but they butted heads like equals, and it's pretty rare to find someone who can stand toe-to-toe with Dany like that. It kind of reminded me of a 1940s movie where the protagonists hate each other initially but you just know they're going to fall in love eventually.

Kit Harington also gave EW this interesting quote: "As far as Jon knows, he’s just meeting this queen he’s heard of and trying to negotiate with her — he’s not meeting Daenerys, who the audience has been watching for so many years. That helps with the surprise of it. He walks into the room and doesn’t expect to see such a beautiful young woman of similar age to him. Any young man’s reaction is going to be, ‘Okay…’ but he puts that aside — because he has to.”

So Jon has "put that aside," with the implication at the end of that sentence being "for now." It makes a lot of sense for Dany and Jon to have some sort of romantic entanglement, especially as Dany seeks to forge strong alliances in Westeros. But...wouldn't that be incest? We all know GoT has no problem dipping their entire hand-less arm into the incest pool, but they've generally kept the more heroic characters incest-free. If Dany/Jon turns out to be an endgame love connection, this would certainly tip the scales quite a bit. As Vulture wrote, "she is his aunt, he is her nephew, and we can add 'DNA' to the list of things they have in common. Is it gross to root for the last two Targeryens on the planet to get together?" Hey, we all have to get through The Long Night with a special someone, right?

11. Inside The Episode Videos: For some inexplicable reason, HBO has been a bit stingy with releasing their "Inside The Episode" videos—which are essential viewings for superfans and David Benioff sideburn truthers alike—this season. They only released the premiere one a few days ago (but it's worth watching, especially for the context about The Hound and the state of the Sansa/Jon relationship):

12. The Accent Formerly Known As Littlefinger: Creepyfinger's influence over Sansa is really starting to fade, so he pulls out the big guns by getting extra whispery and giving her a rare insight into his pre-game routine: "Don’t fight in the North or the South. Fight every battle everywhere, always, in your mind. Everyone is your enemy. Everyone is your friend. Every possible series of events is happening all at once. Live that way, and nothing will surprise you. Everything that happens will be something that you’ve seen before.”

13. TFW You Finally Figure Out That Your Family Stinks And Your Top Advisor Just Wants To Bone You: Darth Sansa is basically Dany circa season two. Next thing you know, she'll start screaming about her ravens going missing.

14. Dr. Samwell Tarly's Miracle Cure For Greyscale: "I was able to cure greyscale in just one night thanks to this secret that the old men in the Citadel don't want you to know about—literacy! And for my efforts, I was demoted to transcribing old texts."

15. Jaime "C-" Lannister: The Queen Of Thorns tried to warn Jaime about how out of depth he really is with Cersei: "Your sister has done things I wasn't capable of imagining. That was my prize mistake. A failure of imagination. She's a monster, you know that?" After they both acknowledged things have gotten beyond his control, she added, "she's a disease. I regret my role in spreading it. You will too."

Does Jaime listen to her? Of course not....for now. It still feels like the only way he can have a satisfactory arc (and even so, his character growth has basically been on pause since season four) is if he is ultimately the one to put an end to Cersei's reign. The Kingslayer seems set up to become the Queenslayer, if he can ever get past their sexual relationship.

16. Olympic Diver Theon Greyjoy: Despite only appearing in one very brief scene this week, in which he was rescued and then humiliated by some fellow Ironborne, Theon avoided the bottom spot on the rankings due to one very important reason: he's not the guy below.

17. Bran, The Worst Teenager South Of The Wall: Goooooood you just don't get me Sansa! I'm a three-eyed raven now! No I can't explain what that means! Why won't you listen to me! I am an all-knowing, all-seeing tree or something! I'm too important to hug you back! I watched as you got raped on your wedding night! You just couldn't understand me! Did I mention I'm a raven now! Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!

The Viserys Targaryen Memorial Least Powerful Person Of The Week Award We have a two-way tie for last this week between Ellaria Sands & Sand Snake #3 Whose Name I Can't Be Bothered To Learn. Although only Sand Snake #3 was given a poison kiss (the same way Ellaria gave Mycella a fatal kiss at the end of season five), Ellaria was actually given the darkest ending: she'll spend the rest of her days locked up in that room watching her daughter rot away.

And we'll never see her again: "I was expecting it," actress Indira Varma told EW, noting she won't appear on the show again. "I wasn’t heartbroken. And I was like, 'As long as I die on screen…' and they were like 'Yeah!' But of course I don’t die on screen. I stay alive, I’m just not going to reappear. I think it’s really clever."

The Ser Pounce Memorial Most Powerful Pet Of The Week Award This was a truly great episode for fans of dragons swooping. But c'mon, shouldn't they be able to roast a fleet or two of Dany's enemies at this point, no problem mom, let us handle this one?

The Most Surprising Contemporary Television Reference Of The Week: Another tie for first this week, what with Cersei flaunting her incestuous relationship with her brother in front of a Romulan and Tyrion discussing his disdain for The Walking Dead. Hey, some people really truly thought the show made a reference to The Last Of Us during the season premiere, so some people will believe anything.

The Hodoriffic Honorary Minor Character Of The Week Award Salty dog Davos Seaworth, winner of last week's inaugural Honorary Kim Wexler Award For Person I Just Want To See Happy, has been killing it with his small talk game this season. Tonight he briefly flirted (?) with Missandei, gave Jon Snow a hugely underwhelming intro to Dany, and may have let slip about that whole awkward stabbing/resurrection thing.

The Memorial Lord Oaf Of Highgarden Oafiest Glimpse Of The Night

We have to hand this one to the mighty Ser Bronn, who has been the biggest absentee so far this season. We only got a glimpse of him riding beside Jaime to Highgarden, but Tyrion also referenced him when he was explaining the Casterly Rock battleplan to Dany and co.: "Like a good friend once said, give me ten good men and I'll impregnate the bitch."


The Honorary Olly Award For Person I'm Excited To See Die, Even If It Means I Am Passively Complacent With The Cycle Of Violence & Vengeance While Cersei probably technically deserves it more, I'm all-in on Tycho Nestoris, the employee of the Iron Bank of Braavos who comes to collect from Cersei. This is at least partially because of how bad Sherlock has gotten, and the fact I associate actor/writer Mark Gatiss with that show more than anything else.

Can Someone Explain This To Me? Of The Week Also, bonus points for explaining the top comment: "Vanoss is about to outsub Smosh." Thanks in advance.

A Few Good Tweets (That Don't Really Fit In Anywhere Else In This Post)

Gendrywatch 2017: Will Gendry Ever Row Back Into This Story? Despite the fact that Theon was just floating in that ocean for awhile after his big jump last week (Do they call them oceans in Westeros? I refuse to Google that question), the King of the Wharf was not the person to rescue him. Alas, we wait patiently for the last rando in the Seven Kingdoms to return.

Way Beyond The Wall: Arya sat out the festivities this week, as did many folks around Winterfell (Brienne, Pod, Lyanna Mormont, etc). There was no time this week to check in on The Hound and The Brotherhood Without Banners (Beric Donadarrion, Bald-os Of Myr) and the jolly fellows at The Wall. Tormund is off to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Yet again, no glimpse of the White Walkers.

Hot Pie is back on the bench this week after his surprise appearance last week. Otherwise, a lot of expected characters have been taking a backseat: Septa Unella (assuming she's still being tortured somewhere in King's Landing), Robyn Arryn (aka Prepubescent Julian Casablancas), the mighty Ser Pounce, Salladhor Saan, Daario Naharis 2.0, Edmure Tully (assuming he's still alive), Zombie Benjen, The Children Of The Forest (I'm sure some of them are still kicking), and The Faceless Men (I guess they count?).

On next week's episode of GoT ("The Spoils Of War"), Dany loses patience, Arya reaches the north, and Theon drags a boat. Until then, hum along with the theme song.