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Data scientists and network theorists reveal why Game of Thrones is the most successful fantasy series

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Game of Thrones is the biggest TV show to have ever filmed, both in terms of its budget and viewership. It also holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. Have you ever wondered, why the show is so popular? Research by data scientists and network theorists might hold the key to the secrets of the show’s unprecedented fame!

Researchers from five universities from the UK and Ireland came together to unravel A Song of Ice and Fire, the books on which the TV series is based.

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A paper was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of physicists, mathematicians and psychologists from Coventry, Warwick, Limerick, Cambridge and Oxford universities got together. They used data science and network theory to analyse the acclaimed book series by George R. R. Martin.

The study shows the way the interactions between the characters are arranged is similar to how humans maintain relationships and interact in the real world. Although important characters are famously killed off at random as the story is told, the underlying chronology is not at all so unpredictable.

The team found over 2,000 named characters in Martin’s book and over 41,000 interactions between them. Even the most pivotal characters average out to have only 150 others to keep track of. This is the same number that the average human brain has evolved to deal with.

Did the results surprise you? Tell us what you think of the research in the comments below!







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Outlander star Graham McTavish confirms playing a role on House of The Dragon

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Outlander star Graham McTavish confirms playing a role on House of The Dragon

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon has created a huge hype amongst fantasy lovers. HBO is leaving no stones unturned in the marketing of the fantasy series. In the past few days, they’ve released several photos of some of the key characters in costume. Recently, one more important cast member has come under the attention of the Game of Thrones community. The Hobbit and Outlander star Graham McTavish’s Wikipedia Filmography has been updated to include House of The Dragon. And he himself has confirmed the news today.

In an interview with Stylist, McTavish revealed he has been having fun on the set. He said, “I’m enjoying that, yes. I’m really having a lot of fun. We’ve just started. It’s a very big project, so we’re getting to know each other. They’re lovely people. It’s great, but I can’t tell you too much. I can’t tell you really anything about the story! But it involves a lot dragons.”

Sam Heughan, who was with McTavish during the interview, joked: “Am I in it?”

Laughing, McTavish replied: “So far, no. And I have been waiting… I have to say ‘Where is Sam?’ because it’s always in my contract now.”

However, he didn’t say anything about what character he will be playing. Are you excited about House of The Dragon? Who do you think McTavish will play on the show? Tell us in the comments below!







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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington to guest star on HBO’s Friends : The Reunion

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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington to guest star on HBO’s Friends : The Reunion

When we hear the word ‘Sitcom’, the television series Friends is the first to pop up to our attention. The show has become a pop culture icon over the decade, just like Game of Thrones. It manages to still make us laugh even after several rewatches. Well, good news has finally arrived for the fans of the popular sitcom. HBO has set Thursday, May 27 for the long-awaited Friends: The Reunion special on HBO Max. What’s even better? Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will have a cameo in it!

The date also happens to be the one-year anniversary of the WarnerMedia streaming platform’s launch. The show was originally set to be one of the launch specials for HBO Max’s launch last year but the shooting was delayed by the pandemic.

Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington to guest star on HBO’s Friends : The Reunion

The special features Friends stars Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), and David Schwimmer (Ross) who return to the comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for a real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show.

A slew of A-list celebrity guests will appear on the special including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Kit Harington and many more. Are you excited about Friends: The Reunion? Talk to us in the comments below!







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This Job requires you to stay at a House of The Dragon filming site!

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This Job requires you to stay at a House of The Dragon filming site!

HBO has created a huge hype amongst fantasy lovers with the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon. The cast and the crew were spotted filming at various locations in Cornwall. Well, it looks like a great opportunity for Game of Thrones fans has recently come up in the news. You can now live at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, and get paid for it.

St Michael’s Mount is one of the UK’s most iconic and recognisable landmarks. The island with a castle perched on top is currently being used as a filming location for the Games of Thrones prequel. It’s run by the National Trust and St Aubyn Estates – and they are looking for a new Castle Officer. They have now advertised the full-time position – and it has a ‘live-in’ requirement.

This Job requires you to stay at a House of The Dragon filming site!

On the downside, you’ll have to clean toilets and you can get stranded at high tide. Getting takeaways delivered will prove to be a bit problematic. If that hasn’t put you off, the role will have a focus on providing support to the Castle Steward.

Current Castle steward Duncan Murdoch told the BBC: “The best thing about living here is having a sea view from every window. The worst thing is not being able to get a pizza delivered to your door.”

If you are interested in the role you are asked to send a CV and a short covering statement to [email protected] Tell us what you think about the job in the comments below!







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