In which I call bullshit on this ‘Game of Thrones’ death algorithm that some nerd made. And then I fix it.

Some nerd wrote an algorithm to predict which characters had the highest chance of dying on Game of Thrones, and he totally got it all wrong. Just look at this nonsense that I am not even going to pretend to label spoilers because NOPE:

  • Daenerys Targaryen – 83.77% chance of death
  • Jaime Lannister – 72.91% chance of death
  • Tyrion Lannister – 70.76% chance of death
  • Bran Stark – 66.02% chance of death
  • Cersei Lannister – 60.39% chance of death
  • Jon Snow – 58.99% chance of death
  • Euron Greyjoy – 54.95% chance of death
  • Sansa Stark – 50.28% chance of death
  • Arya Stark – 49.04% chance of death
  • Gendry – 39.87% chance of death

With the exception of Gendry’s chances — which I think are probably lower than this, but whatever — I reject this entirely. Here is my own patented “Therese Odell Overthinks This Shit as a Profession” algorithm:

  • Cersei Lannister – 100% chance of death
  • Jaime Lannister – 100% chance of death
  • Jon Snow – 99.99% chance of death
  • Euron Greyjoy – 95% chance of death
  • Arya Stark – 70% chance of death
  • Tyrion Lannister – 4o% chance of death
  • Gendry – 39.87% chance of death
  • Daenerys Targaryen – 30% chance of death
  • Sansa Stark – 20% chance of death
  • Bran Stark – 20% chance of death

Look, there is a reason computers don’t write books (yet). This nerd’s algorithm takes into account the age, gender and family history of the characters to determine the character’s chances of survival. But that’s not how stories work. We are coming to the conclusion of the story, and other elements like foreshadowing and climaxes, themes and motifs have to be added to the equation.

For instance, Martin has all but screamed in our faces over and over again that the Lannister twins are gonna die and it’s going to be Jaime who kills Cersei before he dies himself. As for Jon Snow, he foreshadowed his own death when he made Melisandre SWEAR that she would never revive him again. And also, too, he’s just too good for the world of Westeros (See: Ned and Robb). The flipside of Jon’s goodness is Euron who is just a shithead who has death coming to him. And Arya, as much as I love Arya, she’s on a path towards death because she is still in debt to the Many-Faced God.

As for Daenerys, if Jon Snow dies, she lives, because one of them has to live, thems the rules. Also, she has to have Jon Snow’s baby because that’s where this whole thing is headed. Now, there is a chance she dies in childbirth because that’s a big thing on this show, which is why I have her chance to die as high as I do. But I see her surviving and, ironically, rejecting the Iron Throne — if there is one left to reject.

Tyrion is a trickier character. He and Arya are Martin’s favorites, which is why I think he’s allowed them both to live this long — but it’s also why I think they are both in some danger. Tyrion is less in danger than Arya because he lives a less dangerous life, buuuuuuuut it would be keeping with Martin’s perverse nature to kill him off in the end. That said, he might just live to be the last Lannister standing because would be quite the thumb in the eye to dear old dead dad.

Sansa and Bran are going to survive this because 1. the Stark line cannot die off and 2. because Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven. And, in fact, on that last point, one could argue that Bran has already died and this whole algorithm is moot because LEARN YOUR FACTS, NERD, AND NERD’S COMPUTER.

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Not all harassers are cartoonish bogeymen who mistreat every woman in their path. It isn’t really relevant that while a man might have harassed some women, he didn’t harass all women. Many men who harass have been well-liked and respected inside the organization and publicly. They are, like all of us, multidimensional.

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Even though I had no negative experiences with him, I thought it better to let an investigation take its course; knowing how painful this was for the women involved, I was not going to doubt those who spoke up. And I’m glad I didn’t. It’s something all of us should consider the next time there are allegations of harassment against someone we might not think capable of such behavior. We owe it to the victims, the accused, and ourselves to make sure that lending support does not cross over into taking sides and intimidating other victims.

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