Tyrion Lannister is of course one of the key players in the game but ever since we saw Ned Stark’s head being chopped off in season 1, it is really difficult to figure out the actual protagonist in Game of Thrones. Now, a recent study by Macalester College mathematicians, who have performed in-depth statistical analysis using one of George R.R.Martin’s books, have determined the real MVP in the series.
Professor Andrew Beveridge and undergraduate Jie Shan have mapped out complex relationships between characters in Martin’s third book- A Storm of Swords, which is also the inspiration for seasons 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones.
Using the core principles of network science, the duo have analyzed certain factors like number of people each character is connected to, the frequency of their interaction and how important these connections are for each character.
And the results are:
“In our network, three characters stand out consistently: Tyrion, Jon, and Sansa,” the paper reads. Acting as the Hand of the King, Tyrion is thrust into the center of the political machinations of the capitol city. Our analysis suggests that he is the true protagonist of the book.”