Math Says Tyrion Lannister Is Game of Thrones's Real Star

Peter Dinklage stars as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage stars as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
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Over the course of eight seasons, Game of Thrones has featured hundreds of characters. With such an enormous cast, pinpointing the main protagonist can seem impossible ... unless you follow the math. In 2016, a team of mathematicians crunched the numbers and determined that Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage's character) is the true star of the show.

Andrew Beveridge, an associate professor of mathematics at Macalester College, and undergraduate student Jie Shan performed a network analysis on the third book in Martin's series, A Storm of Swords. They then studied the connections between characters to determine who is at the center of the narrative. Their findings were published in the Mathematical Association of America's journal, Math Horizons.

"Acting as the Hand of the King, Tyrion is thrust into the center of the political machinations of the capitol city," Beveridge and Shan concluded. "Our analysis suggests that he is the true protagonist of the book."

But not everyone is convinced that complex mathematical equations are an accurate way to determine the show’s main character. "We could point out the study only used book three, A Storm Of Swords, to conduct the study," Alex McCown of The A.V. Club wrote, "meaning it suffers from the same fallacious first principles as behavioralism when it comes to positing outcomes for absurdly large chains of reaction."

Still, whether you buy the study's conclusions or not, we can all probably agree that only Martin knows who the real protagonist is—and he's not telling.

Updated for 2019.

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A Diehard Fan of The Office Just Wrote a 24-Episode 10th Season—and You Can Read It Online

The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
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Just like William Shakespeare before him, one fan of The Office has been using his time in quarantine to get a little creative, writing an entire new season of the beloved sitcom.

As Geek Tyrant reports, extreme Dunder Mifflinite Nick Janicki spent his time indoors writing a full, 24-episode 10th season of the series, and it's available for anyone to read online. Just be prepared that it may take a little time, as it's 900 pages long!

Janicki did the beloved sitcom appropriate justice by bringing back all the most crucial characters, including Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Pam Beesly, and Jim Halpert. To see exactly what goes down in each episode, and how Janicki's imagined 10th season plays out, you'll have to read it for yourself. The scripts are described as a "reunion season" and each one is currently available to read in PDF form. With titles like "The Dunderal," [PDF] and "Bachelor & Chill," [PDF] it sounds like fans are in for a real treat.

It might not be the long-awaited reunion fans had hoped for, but hey, it's something. As for whether or not the series will ever make like Friends and announce an official reunion, that is really anyone's guess. According to the show's creator Greg Daniels, the ensemble cast might be too big and too busy to all come back together for a new show. Thankfully, however, fans got the next big thing when many of the actors appeared on a recent episode of John Krasinski's Some Good News for a virtual wedding.

[h/t Geek Tyrant]