Whether you want to see Jon and Dany win it all, or you’re putting your money on Arya and her hit list, Game of Thrones fans have a hard time agreeing who should ultimately get the Iron Throne.
But one study might just have the answer—at least, the scientific answer—for who should actually rule the Seven Kingdoms. In an actual study from Macquarie University in Australia, epidemiologists (people who study the spread and distribution of disease) examined the series and found that being of noble birth, female and flexible about loyalty were the strongest characteristics for surviving to the end. Sounds like we have a Daenerys Targaryen on the throne, then (although, she doesn’t see herself there, apparently). Noble? Check. Female? Check. Wavering loyalty to the masters of Astapor who she had killed? Check.
Other possibilities: Cersei Lannister, who is also noble, female and of wavering loyalty when it serves her best (#TBT to the High Sparrow). Sansa Stark is also in the running if we’re going off this study, since she was “loyal” to the Lannisters when she married Joffrey.
The (highly technical) research noted that Game of Thrones characters who were nobles died at a lower rate than commoners, and women died at a lower rate than men. Also, switching allegiances, like the character of Tyrion Lannister does by siding with Dany, was another good strategy for outlasting rivals.
Just an excuse for the team to rewatch all seven seasons? Possibly. More fuel for our group chat debate? Definitely.