Warning: Spoilers for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode four, “The Spoils of War.” If you aren’t caught up on the series, read at your own risk.
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
Now that we’re getting closer and closer to the end of the series, that powerful quote from Cersei back in season one is proving to be true.
Any week, anyone can go, and anyone can lose or gain a lot of power.
In “The Spoils of War,” there are significant power shifts, as Daenerys wins a major battle after a major loss last week, and Cersei’s wins come back to haunt her. This week many characters made good and bad decisions, and they all had some consequences.
Every week, we’ll round up which character was the smartest, the dumbest, the luckiest, and more in our power rankings.
Here’s the “Game of Thrones” power rankings based on season seven episode four, “The Spoils of War” in order of who won and who lost.
Bronn's skills in battle and incredible instincts come together in the end when he saves Jaime Lannister from dying via Drogon breath. He also chooses not to reach for his bag of gold, which he drops during the battle, saving himself from likely destruction.
Tyrion was right in calling Jaime an idiot as he heads toward Daenerys and Drogon. He is clearly blinded by his love for Cersei. When will it end?
Jaime is lucky Bronn saves him from turning into Drogon ash.
And Cersei is lucky that the money meant to pay the crown's debt to the Iron Bank makes it to King's Landing before Daenerys, Drogon, and the Dothraki attack the Lannister army. She's also lucky her beloved brother/lover didn't die defending her.
This week, horses are roasted by the breath of Drogon. Or they lose their legs to Dothraki. They had a terrible week, and often do in the 'Game of Thrones' universe.
This week, Daenerys proves that she has potential to lose her heart and love for the people, and go full Mad King Aerys to win the Iron Throne. She let Drogon roast the Lannister army and doesn't seem to care how many lives she destroys. By the end of the battle, we kind of feel bad for the Lannisters.
After a huge wins in Highgarden and King's Landing last week, Cersei goes into 'The Spoils of War' confident. Too confident, actually. Maybe it's all the wine. With a few wins against Daenerys, the Iron Bank's support, and the woman who murdered her daughter rotting in a dungeon, Cersei is blinded by her victories and forgets the fact that Daenerys has dragons and could attack any time.
The Dothraki go into their first fight in Westeros confident, and they win easily. Drogon definitely helps, but their brutal way of combat helps them defeat the Lannister forces.
Tyrion watches the epic battle from afar, and appears visibly shaken at the sight of a violent battle against his brother's army. Tyrion doesn't love his sister, but he loves his brother.
Despite the amazing Twitter jokes, Jon and Davos didn't actually make the drawings in the dragonglass cave.
But it was a clever move. Jon and Davos clearly see those drawings that prove an unlikely alliance could defeat the White Walkers, and use them to convince Daenerys to become their ally in the war with the dead.
Missandei is off in her own little world. She's in love and misses Grey Worm, and sort of tells Daenerys about it. She can't stop grinning.
And neither can Arya Stark, who finally makes it to her home of Winterfell for the first time in years. There's she's reunited with Sansa and Bran. She also shows off her sword skills to Brienne, Podrick, Littlefinger, and Sansa. By the end of her training session with Brienne, she's pretty confident in herself, and seems to love showing it off -- especially to Littlefinger.
In addition to admitting that he abandoned his sister Yara during Euron's attack in 'Stormborn,' Theon faces Jon Snow. Theon's lucky Jon doesn't kill him. Though Theon helped Sansa escape Winterfell, he took Winterfell in season two and tried to murder Bran and Rickon.
After a dead brother, a dead Hodor, a dead direwolf, and miles of dragging Bran Stark on a sled through the snow, Meera leaves Winterfell with nothing but a emotionally deaf 'thank you' from Bran. Her line, 'you died in that cave' was a heartbreaking line, and definitely heartbreaking for her to realise considering everything she's done for the new Three-Eyed Raven.
Littlefinger gives Bran Stark the Valyrian steel dagger that was used in an attempt on Bran's life in season one. It looks like Littlefinger does this in an attempt to save himself from Bran's knowledge of his treachery against the Starks, but it doesn't seem to work. Bran immediately gives the dagger to Arya, who could kill Littlefinger with it easily.
Bran continues to be creepy, somehow even creepier than Littlefinger. He leaves Meera on a bad note. But he completely throws off Littlefinger at the end of their conversation by saying, 'Chaos is a ladder,' an exact quote from a conversation between Littlefinger and Varys in season three. Bran obviously wasn't there, but now Littlefinger knows that Bran knows literally everything, and is a huge threat to is safety and position in Winterfell.
Bran also throws some shade Littlefinger's way when he gives the dagger to Arya.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.