Dynasty power rankings: Did [SPOILER] die after Alexis’ drunken shooting?

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Dynasty -- Photo: Jace Downs/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

While Fallon and Culhane go to war at work, Dynasty sends Alexis over the edge in a jealous rage. Who did she shoot and will they survive?

No one does a cliffhanger quite like Dynasty, and this week, we got two for the price of one. Still on a misguided mission to implode Blake and Cristal’s relationship, Alexis continues to stick her nose where it doesn’t belong. She calls for the surprise appearance of Cristal’s ex-husband Mark at the manor, and his arrival stirs up all kinds of chaos that could cost two people their lives.

Meanwhile, Fallon and Culhane battle for dominance at the soccer team now that they’re forced to work together, but their feud sends them to strange yet familiar places. Also, budding influencer Sammy Jo receives a cry for help from Steven. Where is he? From powerful to powerless, we’re ranking Carrington manor’s best and brightest on their quest for control. Here’s how the power struggle stacked up in the latest episode of Dynasty Season 2. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

1. Cristal

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It’s truly a toss-up for who holds the most power this week, as each character experiences an apparent fumble or two. However, as the bearer of the most recent Carrington paternity scandal, Cristal controls Blake, Mark, and Alexis’ next moves. Even though she’s caught in the middle of Blake’s bribes to Mark and Alexis’ ploy to blow the lid off her relationship, Cristal still has the power to lie about the bouncing baby boy she learns is Blake’s (though there are some blatant physical differences between Blake and Mark). But does she make it through the episode for her potential cover-up to matter? More on that in #5.

2. Culhane

For once, Culhane manages to remain one step ahead of Fallon. Well, for most of the episode, at least. Since Blake has named Fallon the head of branding at the soccer team, she and Culhane have declared war on each other at work.

Despite a false truce, Fallon steals his clothes and tries to sabotage him at every turn. Regardless, he expertly dodges Fallon’s weapons of mass manipulation at an important meeting by setting himself up to pin failure on Fallon. Clever.

But can we call Culhane out for making it out of that meeting unscathed because of his male privilege? Fallon was the only woman in that boardroom. Be better, Atlantix FC.

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3. Fallon

On the flip side of the Culhane-Fallon power struggle, Fallon finds herself outmaneuvered for once, and it’s a foreign feeling to her… even though it’s happened more than it hasn’t in Season 2. She loses marks for inadvertently causing a public beating of Culhane’s reputation when a nosy reporter relates one of their player’s history of drug abuse to Culhane’s.

Because Fallon hid the player reports from Culhane (okay, she shredded them), he was unprepared to field those questions. Although she displays some stellar PR prowess, Blake fires her. Rock bottom dug up a new level. In the end, Cristal convinces Fallon to apologize to Culhane, and the exes wind up sleeping together. Let’s just say they cancel each other out this week.

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4. Anders

This week, Sammy Jo and Kirby had a ridiculous albeit heartwarming side story about making Anders famous on Sam’s Instagram stories. Riding his new pseudo-fame as a flash-in-the-pan influencer, Sam realizes the content his followers crave is Anders talking to and having meals with the family dog, Beau. He and Kirby secretly live broadcast Anders to his thousands of followers, but when Anders finds out, he pulls the plug on the operation.

Even though Sam thought he took on the influencer endeavor to find his place at the manor, he realized he had one all along with his ol’ pal and “dad” Anders. Who knew Anders held so much power over Sammy Jo?

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5. Alexis

The queen of yikes. Once again, Alexis isn’t having a great day, but we can’t feel too bad for her because she’s bringing it on herself. Friendly reminder that she’s meddling in Blake and Cristal’s relationship because she’s still hung up on Blake or, rather, his money. To that end, her efforts to tear them apart only seem to bring them closer together and, by some stroke of luck, Cristal closer to Fallon.

After overhearing Fallon in so many words call her a terrible mother, getting a verbal beatdown from Cristal, and being asked to leave by Anders, a drunk and depressed Alexis resolves to shoot herself. In the process, she sees Cristal and Mark going for one last horseback ride and aims her gun at Cristal. She misses and hits Mark, whose blood splatters on Cristal.

When Cristal’s horse gets spooked, she’s bucked off and dragged on the ground until she’s left lifeless. Did you get what you wanted, Alexis?

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Honorable Mentions:

  • Steven calls Sam in the closing moments of the episode for help. Through tons of static, Sam pieces together that Steven has been mugged and has no money or passport. But Sam and Fallon learn what we already know: He’s not in Paraguay.
  • What plans did Blake have for Mark with that ominous phone call? He called off the hit, but Mark was still whacked. Blake could have some explaining to do.
  • Where did Jeff and Monica go? We need some Colby drama, stat!

What did you think of the latest episode? Sound off in the comments!

Dynasty returns Friday, March 15 at 8/7c on The CW.