How to Survive the 'Game of Thrones,' According to Science

Lawrence Kim
December 11, 2018

The team collected data on the sociodemographic status of 330 characters, including their sex, social status, type of occupation, religious affiliation, and house allegiance, alongside their survival time, and the circumstances of their death.

Early death was also more likely to befall a character if they were "lowborn" compared to those who were "highborn" (a Lord or a Lady, for example).

Their research does not bode well for Daenerys Targaryan, who has been loyal to the Targaryan family throughout the show's seven seasons. Characters are more likely to survive if they are female, are highborn (i.e. belong to the aristocracy), and switch allegiances during the series.

Although Jon Snow already died once, researchers did not count his death because he returned.

Death is a common occurrence in the hit TV show.

A huge 73.7 per cent of all deaths were caused by injuries and the most common cause of death was assault (63 per cent). Dying of natural causes was rare, with only two characters, Maester Aemon and Old Nan, dying of old age.

"While these findings may not be surprising for regular viewers, we have identified several factors that may be associated with better or worse survival, which may help us to speculate about who will prevail in the final season", added Dr Lystad.

Most of the deaths (over 80 percent) also took place in Westeros, with the most common location being the unlucky character's own home.

The median survival of a character has been 28 hours and 48 minutes, the study said, with Jon Snow and Bran Stark living the longest. Other top causes were burns (11.8 percent) and poisonings (4.8 percent).

In a new published study (yes, really), epidemiologists at Macquarie University in Australia analyzed the deaths of the key characters in the "Game of Thrones" HBO series and found that nobles died at a lower rate than commoners, and women died at a lower rate than men.

"We would argue that the ubiquity of violent deaths in the world of Game of Thrones may be attributable to, for instance, the absence of stable democratic government structures, resilient public institutions that can deliver public goods (e.g. schools and hospitals), and implementation of evidence-based violence prevention policies", Lystad writes in a blog post.

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The study analysed characters from 50 of the highest-grossing animated films, most of which were made since 2000.

Probability of survival was also found to be worse for characters who featured more prominently in the show. The goal was to take a scientific approach to determining exactly how long characters survived on screen and what attributes gave them a better chance of lasting longer.

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