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Final Standings in the ‘Game of Thrones’ After Season Two

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They call it the War of the Five Kings, but there are far more players involved in the great game that gives 'Game of Thrones' its title than you can count on one hand. By the time Season Two's finale finished airing this past Sunday, at least one more king, three queens, and two lords were firmly in play, the Iron Throne beckoning them all to get crowned or die trying. Where do the 12 most major players rank in the quest for the crown at this stage of the game? Take a look at our post-Season Two standings and see where your favorite contender ended up when the buzzer (or White Walker warning signal) blew.

By Sean T. Collins

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Cersei Lannister: The Queen Regent

The power behind the throne for two kings and counting, Cersei successfully ended her drunken husband Robert's rule, then fought like hell against her brother Tyrion to protect her incest-born son Joffrey. (Of course, Tyrion was the one with her shitty kid's best interests at heart, but don't tell her that.) Now Tyrion's been sidelined just as effectively, and nearly as permanently, as Ned Stark in Season One, leaving Cersei to rule the roost. Even if her father Tywin proves just as uncooperative as his dwarf son, Cersei's still perhaps the only person her son the King still listens to, and in an absolute monarchy, a little goes a long way.

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Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish: The Master of Coin

The Pimp outplayed the Imp. Littlefinger brokered the military and marriage alliance between the Lannisters and the Tyrells, earning the gratitude of Westeros' two richest families and getting rewarded with the high-profile lordship of Harrenhal in the process. His intelligence network rivals Varys's, backed up with both a savagery and access to the royal coffers that the eunuch can't match. He's even made an overture to Sansa Stark; sincere or not, it opens up the North to his tentacles as well. It's only Varys's recruitment of Ros the red-headed whore to be a mole against her master that keeps Littlefinger from ranking even higher.

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Tywin Lannister: The Hand of the King

Savior of the City, father of a queen, grandfather of a king, strategic genius, the richest man in Westeros: Lord Tywin has done it all, and now he has it all. Of course, to keep it, he'll have to keep his children and grandchildren from tearing each other's throats out, and that's a tall order. But making the move to King's Landing instead of ruling from afar signals a new, more hands-on approach from the new Hand, and there's little doubt that he's a commanding enough presence to pull it off, if anyone can.

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Joffrey Baratheon: The King on the Iron Throne


I hate to say it, but this little blond bastard is sitting on top of the world right now. The two biggest threats to his reign, his uncles Renly and Stannis, are either dead or defeated. His hated uncle Tyrion has been sidelined, leaving his doting mother Cersei more powerful than ever. His arch-enemies the Starks are at their weakest point yet. Margaery Tyrell, a rich, beautiful older woman, has just thrown herself at him. His domineering grandfather Tywin is a wild card, and his loyal dog Sandor Clegane is gone, but Joffrey's proven that he's no great respecter of seniority or authority, and that he's plenty dangerous even without his chief thug. "The King can do as he likes" – and we know what Joffrey likes. For now, the game is his to lose.

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