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

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Jenna Jordan, assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, was quoted in the Vox August 28 story, “Game of Thrones Season 7: Each Character’s Strategy, Ranked by Political Science.” 

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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.

For the full article on “Game of Thrones Season 7: Each Character’s Strategy, Ranked by Political Science,” visit Vox’s website.   

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP)

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Institute and Campus, Policy, Social Sciences, and Liberal Arts
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Game of Thrones, Georgia Tech, vox, season 7
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  • Created On: Aug 30, 2017 - 1:46pm
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