With just a few weeks left until the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere, fans are eagerly awaiting this new season with bated breath. To get fans ready for this season, a new study was released that reveals who the most important character is on the show, based on the analysis of data mined from the show. While this may not come as a surprise, the most important character on the show is Tyrion Lannister, played by Emmy winner Peter Dinklage.
A new study by Looker has broken down data for the 32 most important characters on the entire Game of Thrones series. They found that Peter Dinklage has not only appeared in the most episodes (55) of any other character in the entire series, but that he also has the most screen time throughout the first six seasons of Game of Thrones. Coming just behind Tyrion Lannister in terms of importance to the show is Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), in terms of the most episodes they have appeared in and the amount of screentime they have. Here's an excerpt from the study below.
"Tyrion is definitely the star of the show, he has both the most episodes AND the most screen time. Now, this isn't that surprising, until you look at how much of a lead Tyrion has in screen time. He has more than 25 minutes of screen time than the next character and more than 70 minutes more than the third! The next two screentime leaders are Jon and Daenerys, and they are also tied for episode count. Again, these top three are no surprise (is it a sign?!), but the 47 minute difference between Jon's and Daenerys' screen time was really interesting. While Jon has for the most part lead his own story line, Daenerys' storyline has been entirely her own. This data shows that Jon's story has been given more screen time than Daenerys."
Rounding out the top 10 in terms of the most important characters are Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). Another interesting tidbit is that Ned Stark (Sean Bean) comes in at number 12, despite his brutal beheading in the ninth episode of the first season. He was seen in so many scenes in the first season, along with some flashbacks last season, to warrant the 12th place listing, which is quite impressive given how massive this cast truly is.
For fans hoping that there will be a leak of the first four episodes like in years past, that will not happen this year. Like last season, HBO has denied Game of Thrones screeners of early episodes for the press, mirroring their stance last season. This was done because the first four episodes which were sent to members of the press, leaked onto the internet just days before the Season 5 premiere on HBO. It is also likely due to the fact that this season will only span seven episodes, as opposed to the first six seasons which spanned 10 episodes apiece. The series will wrap up with Season 8, expected to debut in either late 2018 or early 2019, which will span just six episodes. Hopefully we'll have much more on Game of Thrones as we get closer to the Season 7 premiere on Sunday, July 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO.