Tech in the News: Game of Thrones Season 7: Each Character’s Strategy, Ranked by Political Science

Jenna Jordan

Posted August 30, 2017

External Article: Vox

Jenna Jordan, assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs was quoted in Vox for the story, “Game of Thrones Season 7: Each Character’s Strategy, Ranked by Political Science.” 


Game of Throne's seventh season, one defined by the show’s most central characters all coming into conflict for the first time, is over. Daenerys, Jon, Cersei, Tyrion, Sansa, and all the rest spent the entire season struggling with one another for power and control over Westeros, each employing different strategies to strengthen their faction and accomplish their objectives.

Which makes the season’s end a perfect time to take stock: to assess each player’s strategy, and judge which character did the best with the tools they had available. Who played the Game of Thrones best?

This tracks with real-world statistical evidence that decapitation — meaning killing an opponent’s leader — can effectively weaken its entire force under certain circumstances. One such situation, Georgia Tech’s Jenna Jordan argues, is when the enemy has a “charismatic” leadership structure. This means that the enemy is held together by one or a handful of powerful leaders, and functions because of that person’s leadership rather than any kind of bureaucratic structure or ideological bonds.

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