A Game of Thrones Quiz Is Helping Psychologists Learn More About How People Respond to Ethical Dilemmas

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There are countless Game of Thrones personality quizzes on the internet that will tell you if you're a Cersei, a Daenerys, or a Jon Snow, but few have real social and behavioral science to back them up. A new quiz from TIME uses scientific data to match you with a main character on Game of Thrones, and with your consent, your answers can benefit the psychologists who helped create it.

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Fan Quiz is part of an ongoing effort from TIME "to bring scientific legitimacy to the weathered quiz format." The first step in building the survey was asking Game of Thrones fans to answer questions as they thought the characters would. The questions, compiled by a team of research psychologists, gauge qualities like leadership and self-esteem.

After collecting 1730 answered quizzes from 521 fans, the quiz makers were able to assign personality traits to five Game of Thrones characters: Cersei, Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya, and Jon Snow. According to the survey results, Cersei Lannister believes that everyone around her is inferior, and expects loyalty and admiration from them. Jon Snow, on the other hand, is one of the few main characters without an inflated sense of self-importance.

You can take TIME's quiz to see which character your personality most closely resembles. At the start of the quiz, you'll be asked to anonymously share your answers with the psychologists who designed the quiz to aid in their research. If you're uncomfortable with handing over your data, you can opt out of the project and proceed with the quiz normally.

The quiz, according to its creators, "is concerned with understanding how people view different ethical dilemmas and scenarios. Donating your data will greatly help us to explore this question."

This isn't TIME's first example of a pop culture personality quiz based on science. Earlier this year, they unveiled a similar project matching fans to characters from Harry Potter.

[h/t TIME]

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

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