As far as we know, Jon Snow is dead. Gone. Cast from Westeros, relegated to wherever it is beautiful bastard sons go after life. But according to a new study from students at the Technical University of Munich, he really shouldn’t be dead…so maybe we have hope?
The study, charmingly titled “A Song of Ice and Data,” is based on an algorithm used to predict which GoT characters are most likely to kick the bucket.
Capitalizing on a wealth of internet data including fan sites, wiki, and Twitter, the students categorized each character by 20+ factors, like gender, popularity, and number of dead relatives. Eventually, they came up with a viable machine-learning algorithm able to forecast who’s in danger and who we don’t need to worry about.
“Luckily, Jon is only at 11%, which is overall pretty low,” the study says.
“You’ll be glad to know that another famous Northern bastard – Ramsay Bolton, for instance, is at over 60%! Furthermore, being Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch makes him one of the safest guys in all of Westeros, since it is the title with the lowest death rate in the series.”
The site goes on to list the remainder of the study’s findings, fraught with such interesting nuggets as that Sansa Stark is the show’s least likely to be killed, and Lord Petyr Baelish is probably on his way out, to which we say, “Bye, we won’t miss you even a little bit.”
Digging this hopeful thinking material? For more data, click over to “A Song of Ice and Data’s” site.