With most of the shows, its very obvious to figure out the protagonist. With the not so obvious shows also, you can always figure out the who the main character is going to be after a couple of episodes. But that happens in the general world. And there is nothing that’s general or regular about George R.R. Martin. That makes Game of Thrones an exception. I am arriving to this conclusion because we are already on season 6 and we are still trying to figure out what is happening because nothing is obvious in the world of Game of Thrones.
But this also brings us to another conclusion that since there is nothing that happens as a matter of fact on the show, there are people around the world who keeps speculating, calculating, arriving on theories, making it easier for us common folk to understand the series better.
So, there is one long debated question (amongst other questions) about Game of thrones that has been driving people crazy. The question is that “who the hell is the main character in Game of Thrones?”
Andrew J. Beveridge, who’s an associate professor of mathematics at Macalester College, and Jie Shan, an intrepid undergraduate decided to find out the answer using a branch of applied graph theory called Network Science. Network Science studies complex networks by using several disciplines, which includes economics, sociology, and computer science to understand how information flows from one thing to another.
Their research which was titled Network of Thrones used the A Storm of Swords, which is the 3rd book in A Song of Ice and Fire book series and they started linking characters whenever they appeared within 15 words of one another. Beveridge spoke with Quartz about the methods that were adopted for making the calculations. The characters are ranked taking into consideration multiple measures like the number of characters they are connected with and and the importance of the characters with whom they share a connection. Based on these criteria, the scientists created communities of characters having various types of ties with each other.
The character that came first might not come as a surprise to most of the fans. According to Beveridge and Shan, Tyrion Lannister is mathematically the most important character in Game of Thrones. Tyrion is followed by the fan favourite Jon Snow, who is currently dead but most of the fans are firm in their belief that he will be resurrected in the 6th season.
What might surprise many people is the character that is third in the list of powerful characters and it is Sansa Stark. Most of the people might not even consider Sansa Stark in the top 5 characters when you have Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark as competition but who’s going to argue with maths.
We are not complaining.
Game of Thrones had plenty of social messages hidden in plain sight. Though it may not be too obvious, it was a representation of our own society. According to recent research, the fantasy show is very similar to real-world human interactions. That’s the reason why the show was such a big hit, people could relate to the characters. The series was a big platform to showcase the Domestic Abuse women face behind closed doors. Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), has come forward in support of them.
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Emilia posted a picture on her Instagram with a heart symbol drawn on her hand. She captioned, “This is something I care deeply about, and a problem that is everywhere, but behind closed doors.
For far too many home isn’t a safe place for those living with domestic abuse. I want to reach out and connect to anyone reading this who may feel scared in their own homes during this time.
At home should not mean at risk – we support you. #YouAreNotAlone.
If you or anyone you know is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, you can leave your home to seek refuge. The police will respond to your calls and support services remain available.
Call 999 if you are in immediate danger. If you can’t speak and are calling from a mobile, listen to the operator and, when prompted, dial 55 to be connected to the police who will help.
If you suspect a neighbour or someone you know is currently experiencing domestic abuse please do call 999 and let them take the situation forward.”
It’s time to raise our voices against the issue. Tell us how we can curb the violence in the comments below!
Even though the year 2020 has ruined so many holidays for us, we can’t let go of the festive mood. Christmas is around the corner, and it’s time for cakes, cookies and presents! Festivals are one of the few occasions that strengthen the bonds of a family. It seems like singer Joe Jonas is already a step ahead, gifting his wife Sophie Turner an early Christmas present. The Game of Thrones star was really happy about it and proudly showed it off on Instagram.
Joe gifted her a T-shirt covered in throwback photos of singer and actress Miley Cyrus. The top is emblazoned with the words ‘Hannah Montana’. It features photos of Cyrus both in character as the Disney icon Hannah, who she played between 2006 and 2011, and as herself after she had shed her Disney image.
“Thanks to the Hubbs of the year for my early Christmas gift,” Turner wrote alongside a photo of herself posing in her new item of clothing.
They welcomed their baby daughter Willa in July this year. Sophie has got a tattoo tribute to her daughter. She has the letter W inked on her wrist below the J she already had for her husband.
Send your best wishes to Sophie and her cute little family in the comments below! Merry Christmas to all of you!
Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago. The fans of the fantasy series miss the show dearly. The cast of the show has moved on to newer projects. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) is busy shooting for Modern Love (And preparing for fatherhood as well). Iain Glenn (Ser Jorah Mormont) has completed the shooting of his upcoming movie The Racer.
Directed by Kieron J Walsh, the movie circles around a series of scandals that took place at the 1998 Tour de France. The film was the opening film for the Cork International Film Festival. Though fictional, The Racer shows the dangerous lengths teams will go to for a competitive edge. Iain Glen plays the team’s Mr Fixit with the syringes and vials, Sonny McElhone.
Vertigo Releasing will be releasing The Racer in UK cinemas and on streaming platforms from 18 December. The Racer was due to premiere at SXSW back in March before it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Empire.com has shared an exclusive clip from the movie along with a poster. Below are some snaps from the clip. Let’s check them out!
Are you excited about exploring the dark world of competitive cycling? Talk to us in the comments below!