Tower of the Hand

ADWD Narrative Rankings Results

Throughout our group re-read, we asked members to rate every chapter of every book, on a scale of 1 to 10. After the re-read of each book concluded, we then asked members to rank the narratives, from most favorite to least. Below are the results for A Dance with Dragons. What was the highest rated chapter? Which character had the best POV? Do the ratings match the rankings?

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Highest Rated Chapters

  1. ADWD 30: Davos IV - Davos Seaworth contemplates life, learns Northern history, and learns firsthand that the North remembers.(9.326)
  2. ADWD 52: Theon I - Theon and Jeyne escape from Winterfell with the help of Mance and his spearwives.(9.264)
  3. ADWD 73: Epilogue - Kevan Lannister, ruling as Tommen's regent, gets an unexpected visit from Varys.(9.227)

Lowest Rated Chapters

  1. ADWD 37: Daenerys VI - Dany visits the masses affected by the bloody flux outside the walls of Meereen.(6.009)
  2. ADWD 24: Daenerys IV - Daenerys agrees to accept Hizdahr zo Loraq's proposal if he can prevent further attacks from the Sons of the Harpy.(6.439)
  3. ADWD 44: Daenerys VII - Dany holds court before her wedding to Hizdahr, and meets Quentyn Martell.(6.581)

Other Notable Chapters

  1. ADWD 35: Bran III - Bran sees visions of the past through the weirwood trees.(9.076)
  2. ADWD 53: Daenerys IX - Daenerys attends the re-opening of the fighting pits and leaves atop a dragon.(9.208)
  3. ADWD 68: The Kingbreaker - Barristan ends the reign of Hizdahr zo Loraq.(9.128)
  4. ADWD 69: The Dragontamer - Quentyn attempts to free Rhaegal and Viserion.(8.235)
  5. ADWD 70: Jon XIII - Jon declares his intention to march on Winterfell.(7.681)

Narrative Rankings

  1. Theon Greyjoy, 7 POV chapters, from thinking his name rhymes with "meek" to regaining his sense of self and purpose
    • Normalized ranking score: 1.000
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 34.4%, 0.0%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.582
    • High point: 9.264; Theon and Jeyne escape from Winterfell with the help of Mance and his spearwives (ADWD 52: Theon I).
    • Low point: 8.298; Theon, now a broken man going by the name Reek, is brought before Ramsay Bolton and told he will be accompanying Ramsay as he rides to war and weds Arya Stark (ADWD 13: Reek I).
  1. Jon Snow, 13 POV chapters, from refusing to give Stannis any more castles on the Wall, to getting stabbed by Bowen Marsh
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.872
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 20.5%, 2.5%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.048
    • High point: 9.134; Jon orders Gilly to take Mance Rayder's child away from Castle Black for his protection, orders Sam to go to Oldtown to become a maester, and executes Janos Slynt for treason (ADWD 8: Jon II).
    • Low point: 7.439; Jon leads the newest recruits beyond the Wall to swear the Night's Watch oath (ADWD 36: Jon VII).
  1. Davos Seaworth, 4 POV chapters, from arriving on Sweetsister to being freed from the Wolf's Den by Lord Manderly
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.844
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 7.4%, 0.8%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.462
    • High point: 9.326; Davos Seaworth contemplates life, learns Northern history, and learns firsthand that the North remembers (ADWD 30: Davos IV).
    • Low point: 7.706; Davos arrives at White Harbor (ADWD 16: Davos II).
  1. Bran Stark, 3 POV chapters, from following Coldhands to the Three-Eyed Crow, to seeing visions through the weirwood trees
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.797
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 8.2%, 2.5%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.703
    • High point: 9.076; Bran sees visions of the past through the weirwood trees (ADWD 35: Bran III).
    • Low point: 8.141; Bran and his companions continue their journey to the three-eyed crow. Coldhands kills a group of men pursuing them (ADWD 5: Bran I).
  1. Barristan Selmy, 4 POV chapters, from watching the court deal with Dany's absence, to ruling in her name
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.788
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 11.5%, 0.8%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.253
    • High point: 9.128; Barristan ends the reign of Hizdahr zo Loraq (ADWD 68: The Kingbreaker).
    • Low point: 7.846; Barristan attends court in Meereen when Hizdahr learns of Groleo's murder (ADWD 60: The Discarded Knight).
  1. Tyrion Lannister, 12 POV chapters, from being taken in by Magister Illyrio, to buying his own freedom from slavery
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.725
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 4.1%, 2.5%
    • Average chapter rating: 7.759
    • High point: 8.270; Tyrion travels through Volantis as Jorah's captive, learning who the red priests support and of Griff's new plans (ADWD 28: Tyrion VII).
    • Low point: 7.032; Tyrion is trapped with Penny and Jorah in the Gulf of Grief, when a storm critically damages the Selaesori Qhoran (ADWD 41: Tyrion IX).
  1. Arya Stark, 2 POV chapters, from training at the House of White and Black, to assassinating her first victim
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.695
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 4.9%, 2.5%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.612
    • High point: 8.661; Arya develops new skills while training blind at the House of White and Black (ADWD 46: The Blind Girl).
    • Low point: 8.562; Arya accepts an assassination assignment and is given a new face (ADWD 65: The Ugly Little Girl).
  1. Asha Greyjoy, 3 POV chapters, from holding Deepwood Motte, to being deep in the winter snows and a prisoner of Stannis
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.603
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 0.0%, 1.6%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.194
    • High point: 8.619; Asha holds Deepwood Motte until it is attacked by Stannis (ADWD 27: The Wayward Bride).
    • Low point: 7.521; Asha travels in Stannis's baggage train as his army marches from Deepwood Motte to Winterfell (ADWD 43: The King's Prize).
  1. Cersei Lannister, 2 POV chapters, from confessing her sins to the Faith, to walking naked through the streets of King's Landing
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.571
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 2.5%, 7.4%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.252
    • High point: 8.640; Cersei is forced to walk naked from Baelor's Sept to the Red Keep (ADWD 66: Cersei II).
    • Low point: 7.865; Cersei confesses to some sins and earns a visit from her uncle Kevan (ADWD 55: Cersei I).
  1. Jaime Lannister, 1 POV chapter, from negotiating the surrender of the Blackwoods, to reuniting with Brienne
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.564
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 4.1%, 2.5%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.633
    • High and low point: 8.633; Jaime negotiates the surrender of the Blackwoods to the king's peace, and reunites with Brienne (ADWD 49: Jaime I).
  1. Victarion Greyjoy, 2 POV chapters, from waiting for the Iron Fleet to regroup, to capturing ships off the Isle of Cedars
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.540
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 0.0%, 5.7%
    • Average chapter rating: 7.967
    • High point: 8.229; Victarion captures several ships off the Isle of Cedars (ADWD 64: Victarion I).
    • Low point: 7.705; Victarion plots to take Daenerys for himself while waiting for the Iron Fleet to regroup (ADWD 57: The Iron Suitor).
  1. Jon Connington, 2 POV chapters, from being convinced to invade Westeros now, to capturing his old seat of Griffin's Roost
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.539
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 0.0%, 2.5%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.383
    • High point: 8.384; Jon Connington captures his old seat, Griffin's Roost (ADWD 62: The Griffin Reborn).
    • Low point: 8.383; Aegon convinces Jon Connington to strike Westeros now rather than unite with Daenerys (ADWD 25: The Lost Lord).
  1. Daenerys Targaryen, 10 POV chapters, from holding court in Meereen, to beginning her journey to Meereen anew
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.535
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 2.5%, 10.7%
    • Average chapter rating: 7.150
    • High point: 9.208; Daenerys attends the re-opening of the fighting pits, and leaves atop a dragon (ADWD 53: Daenerys IX).
    • Low point: 6.009; Dany visits the masses affected by the bloody flux outside the walls of Meereen (ADWD 37: Daenerys VI).
  1. Melisandre, 1 POV chapter, from confirming that Mance still lives, to sending him to rescue "Arya" from Winterfell
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.516
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 0.0%, 3.3%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.846
    • High and low point: 8.846; Melisandre reveals to Jon that Mance is alive, and volunteers the former King-Beyond-the-Wall for rescuing Arya from the Boltons (ADWD 32: Melisandre I).
  1. Quentyn Martell, 4 POV chapters, from seeking Adventure, to going down literally in flames
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.355
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 0.0%, 23.0%
    • Average chapter rating: 7.422
    • High point: 8.235; Quentyn attempts to free Rhaegal and Viserion (ADWD 69: The Dragontamer).
    • Low point: 7.023; Quentyn Martell seeks passage from Volantis to Meereen by masquerading as a merchant's servant (ADWD 7: The Merchant's Man).
  1. Areo Hotah, 1 POV chapter, from standing guard to Doran, to standing guard to Doran
    • Normalized ranking score: 0.313
    • Percent of ballots ranked first, last: 0.0%, 23.0%
    • Average chapter rating: 8.355
    • High and low point: 8.355; Areo Hotah stands guard while Doran deals with the arrival of Balon Swann (ADWD 39: The Watcher).

Odds and Edds

  • 122 Tower members submitted a ballot for the narrative rankings.
  • 42 members agreed that Theon Greyjoy was the top POV (slightly more than one-third of all voters), while 28 members agreed that Areo Hotah was the worst (nearly 25% of all voters). The percentages of times a POV was listed first and last on a ballot appear in the rankings above.
  • With a few more votes in any direction, the rankings for positions #8 through #14 could easily change, confirming the difficulty in judging most POVs relative to the favorites and least favorites.
  • The order of the POVs' average chapter scores from highest to lowest: Melisandre, Bran, Jaime, Arya, Theon, Davos, Jon Connington, Areo, Barristan, Cersei, Asha, Jon Snow, Victarion, Tyrion, Quentyn, and Daenerys.
  • Daenerys, in fact, has the dubious honor of being the POV with the five lowest chapter ratings in the entire book.
  • You can also view all 73 chapters sorted by chapter ratings.
  • The average chapter rating is 8.029. A Game of Thrones averaged an 8.205, A Clash of Kings 7.753, and A Storm of Swords 8.054, and A Feast for Crows 7.551.
  • Note that the results listed above are highly unscientific and should only be considered with a high margin of error.

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