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tyrion mathematically main character“Are you afraid? You should be. You’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying,” Tyrion Lannister tells Daenerys in the Game of Thrones season 6 finale.

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.”

Mathematically Tyrion Is The Most Important Character In Game of ThronesOf course, there is still time before HBO wraps up the Game of Thrones saga and at least 5 years before George R.R. Martin completes all the novels, so only time will tell how these findings hold up.

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