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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!

Game of Thrones amassed a massive following of fans over a decade. The fans chose their favourites from the show and they became hugely popular. However, every fandom has that crazy faction, who show their love for their favourite star/character in unconventional ways. For example, Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman was groped by Pod fans who wanted to know more about his big package. To avoid such circumstances, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have decided to keep such fans afar. The couple has applied for planning permission to build new gates at their £1.75m country home.

Their idea is to keep crazy trespassing fans at bay from their house. Kit and Rose recently welcomed their first child in January. It looks like the couple wants to keep their new-born baby away from the flickering clicks of the paparazzi.

The couple met on the set of Game of Thrones and have been together since 2018. Since moving into their new farmhouse in Suffolk, Harington and Leslie, both 34, say their privacy and security has been ‘continuously breached’. They complained that the trespassing was ‘purely from an unwelcome and intrusive desire to observe the occupants’.

What do you think about the couple’s concerns regarding trespassing fans? Talk to us in the comments below!

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George R.R. Martin is one of the most celebrated writers of the present generation. His work A Song of Ice and Fire gave birth to Game of Thrones, the biggest TV show of the decade. At the moment, the author already has his hands full, working on Winds of Winter and prequels like House of The Dragon. However, this does not stop him from working on more amazing projects. Martin is currently developing a new sci-fi series on HBO, the Roadmarks.

The story broke a few days ago, and is now all over the internet: I am developing a new series for HBO, a science fiction show based on ROADMARKS, a novel by the late great Roger Zelazny. And what do you know — the story is actually true. https://t.co/eUYqgKzqfp

— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) February 25, 2021

The author wrote on his blog Not a Blog about the series under development. He said, “The story broke a few days ago, and is now all over the internet: I am developing a new series for HBO, a science fiction show based on ROADMARKS, a novel by the late great Roger Zelazny. And what do you know — the story is actually true. Which is more than can be said about most of the stories about me that I stumble over these days, boys and girls. (I have said it before, and will say it again, but sometimes it seems no one listens. Do not believe everything you read).”

He continued, “Anyway… YES! We had not intended to announce anything yet, to be sure. Development is a long and uncertain process. Thousands of shows are pitched, hundreds of pilots are written, dozens of pilots are filmed, but only a very few of them ever get greenlit to series. There is a reason that Hollywood insiders call it “development hell.” And what’s the point of announcing projects that might never make it to air? That’s why HBO — like most other networks and streamers — prefers to keep these things quiet.”

Are you excited about Martin’s new project? Tell us in the comments below!

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The year 2021 has been an exceptional one for Game of Thrones fans all over the world. The show ended more than a year ago, and HBO is keen on continuing the legacy of the fantastical universe. House of The Dragon is already on its wheels; the first prequel that will be aired in 2022. The series was teased in HBO’s amazing programming line-up for 2021-22. The casting for various key characters has already been done. With the tables all set, the television giant is already looking forward to expanding the Game of Thrones universe. It seems like wooing their lost audience back is their top priority.

Talking to TVLine in a recent interview, HBO President Casey Bloys revealed their main focus is the audience’s interest. He said, “Obviously, we know George has this incredible world with all of this really rich and complicated history and all of these characters. So we’ve been trying to be thoughtful about what are the stories that are worth telling. What would be exciting? What would fans love? Dunk and Egg is one of those, but not the only one.”

In addition to thinking about what the fans want, HBO will also take into account what the network and creatives it works with are most excited about. “We’ll let the creative dictate where we end up.”

Are you excited about the upcoming prequel shows? What are your expectations from the popular franchise? Tell us in the comments below!