Kahlan's role as the Mother Confessor is a big deal in Terry Goodkind's novels. Kings and queens bow to her because she rules the Council that rules the Midlands. This aspect of her character has been downplayed in the television series, but tonight's episode did a nice job of demonstrating Kahlan's authority to rule (though her home town, Aydindril, looked disappointingly ordinary). My favorite moment? Kahlan strides to the throne and tells the usurping Prince Fyren, "Get out of my chair!"