Summer is coming. And you know what that means. Game of Thrones is back! We are in full swing of the sixth season of one of the most popular shows on television. Characters are dying. Others are climbing the ladder towards the throne.
But what really matters? It is about wealth or power, as so many of the characters seem to think? A wise man once said "It's the family name that lives on. It's all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor... but family." That man did die on a toilet so maybe he didn't have everything right but it still does seem to hit on something important. Game of Thrones is all about family.
And it would be almost impossible to argue about which house is the most powerful or the best, because those terms mean different things to different houses. One thing we can say about every house is that their ultimate goal is to survive. So we concocted a bracket to determine which house will survive the best. Who will be the Last House Standing?
We picked sixteen of the most prominent houses as of Blood of my Blood (Season 6, Episode 6) and seeded them based off of current house strength. Baratheon is number one because Tommen sits on the throne. Tyrell is a close second because not only is Margery the queen but the family itself is in a good place financially. The Starks, while main characters, are near the middle because they have lost control of Winterfell and are scattered throughout the realm. Houses like Seaworth are at the bottom because they lack a significant foothold in Westeros and are losing heirs left and right.
Here are the first round match ups.
1 House Baratheon vs 16 House Seaworth
2 House Tyrell vs 15 House Clegane
3 House Lannister vs 14 House Baelish
4 House Targaryen vs 13 House Mormont
5 House Arryn vs 12 House Tully
6 House Bolton vs 11 House Reed
7 House Greyjoy vs 10 House Frey
8 House Tarley vs 9 House Stark
So here's what you can do. First, go ahead and vote on the Sweet Sixteen. Second, make sure to check out the entire bracket. Third, make sure to follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the bracket. Finally, listen to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and now Google Play for our detailed analysis of the bracket which is also embedded below.