Game of Thrones is a phenomenon that sweeps the world with every new episode, and every unexpected death. But where does the power truly lie? Many houses grace the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, each desiring the Iron Throne or greener pastures. Some have insane levels of riches, others have army numbers so great that they could sack any city in Westeros, and some have leaders who rule with sharp minds and sharper swords.
This list isn't just a current look, a past look or a future look, it takes all that has happened and all that may happen into account and creates the most accurate power list you will see when discussing the show we all know and love. Some characters have single-handedly brought down a house (Joffrey, Ramsay), others have caused one to self-destruct (Tyrion) and some are preparing to give one greater reign than it ever had before (Daenerys). The Starks are a fan favourite, but do they make the list? A Baratheon who isn't even a Baratheon sits upon the Iron Throne, but do they make the list? Walder Frey instigated the Red Wedding, but does this strange old bastard's house have a place on this power list?
There's only one way to find out. As always, please leave some comments and let me know if you agree or disagree. I think we can all agree that winter is coming, that's for sure. Lucky, the White Walkers aren't a house.
10 Tully - Family. Duty. Honor.
9 Martell - Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken.
8 Arryn - As High as Honor
7 Baratheon - Ours is the Fury
6 Bolton - Our Blades are Sharp
5 Greyjoy - We Do Not Sow
4 Stark - Winter is Coming
Right now, the Starks are struggling. But with head figures such as Ned and Rob destroyed, the likes of Jon, Sansa, Arya, Rickon, Bran and Benjen still live on to bring this house to glory once again. People with good hearts love the Starks, and are always willing to help them; this list includes Brienne, Sandor Clegane, Littlefinger and that's just scratching the surface. At the moment, the remaining Starks are plotting their revenge: Jon and Sansa will march on Winterfell to save Rickon (and take back their home), Bran has powers nobody else could possibly fathom and Arya is set to become a great assassin.
3 Lannister - Hear Me Roar!
They may shit gold and be hated throughout Westeros (and beyond), but they are a powerful bunch who seem to destroy their own name. Jaime lost a hand, Tyrion lost a nose and Cersei got a public shaming (and their powerful father was killed on a toilet), but this is a family that seeks and finds power. Tommen, despite being called a Baratheon, is a Lannister who sits upon the Iron Throne. His brother also sat the Iron Throne. The hand of the king is a Lannister. A councillor to Daenerys is a Lannister. They spread far and wide to inflict their influence on others, often bribing them with overflowing riches. With control of the Iron Throne and one of the largest armies in Westeros, they deserve a podium finish. The only knock on the Lannisters is their self-destruction.
2 Tyrell - Growing Strong
1 Targaryen - Fire and Blood
They ruled with dragons, they were usurped, but with Daenerys ready to assault the Seven Kingdoms they are set for another rise. When discussing power, it is the Targaryens who rule the roost with fire and strength. When you have three dragons, a leader that can't be burned and another 'potential' leader in Jon Snow (if the rumours are true), you have the most powerful house in the Game of Thrones series, be it currently or previously. They've sat upon the Iron Throne for longer than any other house and currently have a Dothraki army preparing for another time of glory, so they remain to be the house all others compare themselves to when discussing power. There is even talk that Tyrion is a Targaryen, which would increase their power levels even further due to his slaying of the main Lannister. Time will tell all, but it cannot be denied that this house is the benchmark for power.
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