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The season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones (GoT) is one of the most widely anticipated events in TV history. In fact, there’s so much hype for the show’s final season, many brands are experimenting with new products, designs, and messaging to pay homage to the throne. For example, Mountain Dew launched a line of “nameless” drinks inspired by Arya Stark, Oreo released a video recreating GoT’s opening credits with more than 2,000 of their sandwich cookies, and Shake Shack developed a meal of ice and fire. Even professional sports teams are rebranding for the premiere – we see you, House Carolina
We’re hopping on the bandwagon, too, by taking a look at what GoT fans have been saying about who will take the throne and who’s going to die first – and we couldn’t resist weaving in some interesting fan theories along the way. We ran data from forums, blogs, news articles, betting websites, and social media (Reddit, Twitter, and Tumblr) through our platform to get insight into the potential fates of our favorite characters.
Odds to Win
Topping the list is Bran Stark. Fans think this character will win the game, but not sit on the Iron Throne. The Three-Eyed Raven is focused on the long game, using his powers to influence both the present and past to defeat the Night King. However, some fans believe his meddling is what actually created the Night King, and what drove the Mad King to insanity.
Other characters on the list to win the throne – Jon Snow, aka Aegon Targaryen, Sansa Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen – aren’t surprising. What is surprising is the inclusion of Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. He’s ranked eighth on the list but was sentenced to death by Sansa Stark and executed by Arya Stark in season 7.
We dug deeper into the bigrams related to Littlefinger and found the word “faceless,” which led to a pretty convincing fan theory. It turns out that his lineage traces back Braavos, the land where the “faceless men” are trained. And fans believe Littlefinger paid one of these assassins to take his place right before his death as there’s a quick scene with an exchange of coins between him and an unknown woman in Winterfell.
No matter which theories you subscribe to, only six episodes stand between us and the answers we crave about the Iron Throne.
Odds to Die First
Accompanying the excitement to see who will be the last one standing is a morbid curiosity about who will be the first to die in the show’s final season.
Fans have sentenced Euron Greyjoy and to death. Towards the end of season 7, Cersei Lannister sent the King of the Iron Islands on a mission to retrieve the Golden Company, a company of sellswords with an infantry of 10,000, to fight for her and help her defend her throne.
When looking further into the word cloud produced by our platform, the word “drowning” was associated with Euron’s name. Fans are theorizing that his demise may not come in battle, but at sea on the mission to retrieve them.
Surprisingly, Sansa Stark is ranked third. Reading through some of the verbatims, we noticed that most fans are talking about the official season 8 trailers. HBO released one in January with the remaining Stark siblings venturing into their family crypt, where they come face-to-face with their own statues. Jon Snows appears to be an older version on himself, while Sansa and Arya’s statues appear to reflect their current age. Could this be HBO hinting that the Stark sisters will perish?
The remainder of the data shows that fans believe our beloved characters are here to stay (for now). Danenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow all have between 2,500-1 and 8,000-1 odds.
We know that HBO will be killing off some major characters during the final season. So, GoT fans, get ready for a bumpy ride. But don’t worry, we'll suffer through it together.
So, What’s Going to Happen?
Even though our platform has predictive intelligence functionality, it, unfortunately, can’t tell us that. The show’s creators and actors have remained tight-lipped about the events of this season, and even shot multiple endings to avoid leaks and spoilers, but fans seem pretty confident in their bets, nonetheless.
We hope our platform has given you some insights to ruminate on for the next couple of days. We can’t wait to see which (if any) theories pan out, the fates of our favorite characters, and to have so much to unpack every Monday for the next month and a half. Because when you play the game of thrones, you win, or you die.
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