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The final season of Game of Thrones is finally here and the question on everyone's mind is:
Who will end up on the Iron Throne?
Our team at Visme, a data visualization tool, had a little fun visualizing the probability of each main character ending up on the Iron Throne, calculated using the latest odds published on the betting site Bovada.
Now that the Night King is dead, the odds reveal that Jon Snow is the most likely to end up on the throne, followed by Bran, Daenerys and Sansa.
Even Jon and Daenerys' hypothetical baby appeared in the results, coming in seventh place, followed by Arya Stark, Cersei Lannister and Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (some believe he faked his death last season using a Faceless Man).
Another burning question on everyone's mind is: Who will end up killing Cersei Lannister in season 8?
Using the same calculation to convert betting odds into implied probabilities, we found that the bookmakers consider Arya Stark to have the highest likelihood of eliminating the second-most hated villain in the series, followed by Jaime, Tyrion and Jon Snow.
Other possibilities that appear high on the list: She commits suicide (16.7%) or she doesn't perish by the end of the series (14.3%).
Being the GoT nerds that we are, we also got to thinking: Who would be the best suited to lead Westeros according to modern-day personality science?
Based on the widely used Myers-Briggs personality type indicators—and information from the MBTI database, a user-driven community with personality profiles for thousands of real and fictional characters—we plotted each of the main characters on one of four quadrants to visualize their leadership potential:
By deciphering the color-coded matrix chart, you can clearly see that the highest percentage of leaders are either INTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ or ESTJ (the four corners of the diagram). This means that although there are relatively equal percentages of introverted and extroverted leaders, as well as intuitive and sensing leaders, a majority of leaders studied preferred logic over emotions as a way of making decisions, and a planned lifestyle vs. a spontaneous one.
What does this mean for the future of Westeros? Apparently, the best leaders are not always the good guys. In this case, the ones with the highest leadership potential are also some of the least favored to ascend to the Iron Throne.
In the four corners you'll find: the Night King, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, The Mountain, Cersei Lannister, Jaqen H'ghar, Brienne of Tarth and Yara Greyjoy.
For those interested in how we created these charts, here is a detailed explanation of the process:
We used the latest odds published by the top betting site Bovada, which uses the American method of stating odds, and converted them into implied probabilities to evaluate how likely an outcome is, using an odds converter.
For the third chart, we searched for the personality type of each Game of Thrones character in this MBTI database, which are determined based on the votes of hundreds of members. (You can see the full list below.)
Next, we plotted each of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types on a 4x4 matrix chart and named each according to certified MBTI® practitioner Susan Storm's classification.
Finally, we created a color-coded scale using Visme by assigning percentage values to a range of colors. These values correspond to the percentage of leaders with each personality type, as determined by the study "Personality Type in Leadership" by the Center for Creative Leadership.
Who do you think will end up on the Iron Throne? Do you agree with our assessment? Give us your best evidence-backed predictions below.
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