Australian scientists Reidar LYSTAD and Benjamin Brau from Macquarie University conducted a study of mortality based on “Game of thrones”.
The researchers decided to compare the level of mortality in a show with historical data about the middle Ages. In addition, the researchers found, what factors affect the survival of the characters.
As stated, the researchers of 330 characters of the series 186 did not live to see the end of season 7, and only two of them died a natural death. 74% of characters died as a result of infliction of stab wounds. 13 people were beheaded, 22 burned in the fire, and 9 characters have been poisoned.
The risk of death in secondary characters — in 2.5 times less than in the main. The duration of a display of life in female characters was two times higher than in men’s — 24 hour vs 41.3 hours. Also, the characters are the aristocrats live on average twice more than the peasants.
Most likely to survive from those who are willing in that case to stand on the side of the enemy. Defectors, on average, live on the screen 55.2 per hour, and faithful, with 24.3.
The statistical basis Listed and brow took the research of Steven Pinker on mortality in the Middle ages. Scientists came to the conclusion that the socio-political structure of Westeros is fairly archaic and primitive. The Supreme power in the country was very weak. Because of this, residents are unable to gain the protection of a strong state. The largest source of income in Westeros — the military campaign, so to protect the civilian population makes no sense.
As a result, the researchers came to the conclusion that the mortality rate in the series is consistent with the statistics of the Middle ages. At that time, too, survived, those who supported the winners, and preferred a quiet life on the sidelines.
The final season of the series is scheduled for spring 2019.