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'Game Of Thrones' Is All About This Character, According To Math

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Who is the re al star of "Game of Thrones?"

Set across the sprawling Seven Kingdoms and beyond, it can be tricky to pinpoint the book and subsequent hit TV show's most important character.

But mathematicians from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, think they've figured it out. And the answer is...

Yes. Tyrion Lannister -- portrayed in the HBO show by Peter Dinklage -- is reportedly the  glue binding the entire fantasy epic together.

Macalester College's associate professor of mathematics Andrew J. Beveridge and  undergraduate student Jie Shan applied "network science" to the third installment (A Storm of Swords) of author George R.R. Martin'sepic "A Song Of Ice and Fire" novel series.

"We opted for this volume because the main narrative has matured, with the characters scattered geographically and enmeshed in their own social circles," they wrote in their paper, published on the Mathematical Association of America's website last week.

They analyzed the interconnection between all the characters, and linked them together every time they appeared within 15 words of one another. This diagram is the end result:

Tyrion appears to be the principal character. Jon Snow, portrayed by Kit Harington in the TV show, is close behind.

Perhaps surprisingly, Sansa Stark (played by Sophie Turner) is also in the running. "Other players are aware of her value as a Stark heir and they repeatedly use her as a pawn in their plays for power. If she can develop her cunning, then she can capitalize on her network importance to dramatic effect," the researchers wrote.

Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, was also deemed important -- but not so much as the others, due to the way her character appears to be isolated.

"Game of Thrones" Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24, on HBO.

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