Scientists decode how to survive in Game of Thrones series

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 December 2018, 01:42 PM
Scientists decode the way to staying alive in GOT (Photo: File photo)
Scientists decode the way to staying alive in GOT (Photo: File photo)

Game of Thrones series’ onion ring of plots looks like it is driving scientists on the edge as it has fans. And now, these thinking-tanks of individuals have deciphered ways of staying alive if you were to feature in George RR Martin’s fantasy series. They said that to stay alive, staying loyal could be your most destructive trait because loyalty leads characters of the popular TV series have all had an early death. Scientists who have analysed over 300 deaths in the series show you how to survive the next season.

The research, published in the journal Injury Epidemiology, shows that characters were more likely to survive if they had a weed’s oscillating trait in them. And they are even here with the proofs. Tyrion Lannister from the House of Lannister has managed to cheat death by switching allegiances between the houses Lannister and Targaryen.

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The researchers at Macquarie University in Australia also evaluated the deaths of all-important Game of Thrones characters across seven seasons of the show. And the result showed that death risk was higher among the lowborns or not of Royalty in comparison to those that were 'highborn'.

"The risk of death is high among characters in Game of Thrones," Reidar Lystad, injury epidemiologist at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation.

"By the end of the seventh season, more than half of the characters had died -- 186 out of the 330 characters we included in this study -- with violent deaths being the most common by far," said Lystad.

"While these findings may not be surprising for regular viewers, we have identified several factors that may be associated with better or worse survival, which may help us to speculate about who will prevail in the final season," he said.

Researchers found that the majority of deaths occurred in Westeros (80.1 per cent), and the most common place of death was in the home. The most common causes of death were injuries (73.7 per cent), and particularly wounds of the head and neck, including 13 decapitations.

The scientists also found out that up till the seven seasons, only two deaths from natural causes has occurred-Maester Aemon and Old Nan, who both died of old age.

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The researchers collected data on mortality and survival of 330 characters from all 67 episodes from seasons one to seven of Game of Thrones. They recorded data on the socio-demographic status of the characters, including their sex, social status, type of occupation, religious affiliation, and allegiance, alongside their survival time, and the circumstances of their death.

 The result showed of deaths were from burns (11.8 per cent) or poisonings (4.8 per cent), death by assault (63.0 per cent), operations of war (24.4 per cent), and legal executions (5.4 per cent). While the probability of dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was around 14 per cent.

First Published: Monday, December 10, 2018 01:40 PM
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