Skip To Content
    Posted on Apr 2, 2016

    Here's Who Math Says Is The Main Character In "Game Of Thrones"

    The god of tits and wine, and now the Iron Throne.

    Winter and Season 6 of Game of Thrones are coming, which is why two mathematicians decided to calculate once and for all who the most important character in the realm really is.


    Using network science, they mapped out all of the relationships to find and explain patterns within the story. And what they discovered was one character kept popping up...

    Tyrion Lannister. / Via HBO

    The mathematicians used A Storm Of Swords (book three, in the series), and ranked the characters by their connections to other people in the book to deem their importance.

    HBO / Via

    The more connections, friend or foe, the more importance.

    Whenever a character's name appeared within 15 words of another character, that relationship got mapped out.

    "An edge between two characters doesn’t necessarily mean that they are friends—it simply means that they interact, speak of one another, or are mentioned together," mathematicians Andrew J. Beveridge and Jie Shan explained.

    And consistently it was Tyrion who kept coming out on top, making him mathematically the true protagonist of the book.


    "Acting as the Hand of the King, Tyrion is thrust into the center of the political machinations of the capitol city," the study explained. "Our analysis suggests that he is the true protagonist of the book."

    Of the three most important characters in the series, Tyrion is first, and Jon Snow is second.

    HBO / Via

    "Jon Snow is uniquely positioned in the network, with connections to highborn lords, the Night’s Watch militia, and the savage wildlings beyond the Wall," the report said. (Though clearly they didn't take into account that Jon Snow knows nothing...)

    And last but not least is Sansa Stark, who's the third most important figure in the book.

    HBO / Via

    "The real surprise may be the prominence of Sansa Stark," the report said. "However, other players are aware of her value as a Stark heir and they repeatedly use her as a pawn in their plays for power. If she can develop her cunning, then she can capitalize on her network importance to dramatic effect."

    If Tyrion truly ruled book three, then what does that mean for Season 6...


    A Lannister always pays his debts. #Tyrion4TheThrone

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form