Who says the polls get it wrong?
Ipsos has conducted a Game of Thrones Death Poll for the entirety of the seventh season of HBO’s genre-defining, scripted TV series. Viewers were asked if they think the Queen of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryan would die next, or perhaps Arya Stark, the youngest of the daughter of the beheaded Warden of the North.
And in the end, viewers did get some things right. Americans were fairly certain a dragon would be killed. Check. And those surveyed have been saying for three weeks now that Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish would be the next to die. Check. In fact, last week’s poll found 21% of people thinking the political mage would be next to die, though to be fair, many of those who voted likely simply wanted him dead.
As University of Oxford professor Carolyne Larrington, who studies the book series and other medieval literature, said prior to the season seven finale: “I’d quite like to see Arya and Sansa realizing how Littlefinger is playing them and wiping that smirk off his face once and for all.”
Check. Arya had the honors.
And post finale Larrington added this: “I thought that my beloved Littlefinger was pushing his luck with Sansa, to be honest, so that didn’t surprise me.”
Game of Thrones has trended on social media every Sunday during its season for the last five years. The season seven finale has its own emoji on Twitter and at least five series hashtags were still trending 24 hours after season seven ended. (Those hashtags include #DemThrones, #ThronesYall, #GoT7 and #GameofThronesFinale if you are interested in reading up on what people had to say.) It’s also been going on seven weeks as Ipsos TV Dailies most top of mind show and has consistently been the most top of mind show during its run.
“The series keeps you guessing,” says Larrington, a professor of medieval European literature. “And as for who dies in the next season, which doesn’t return until winter 2019? “I know Gendry has only just been brought back and Beric still probably has his uses, but I’d have been tempted to get rid of Jorah or the Hound… And presumably Davos can’t go, as the show needs a showdown with Melisandre.”
What are fans to do now that the next installment won’t come for a good, long time? There’s always HBO’s other fantasical series, “West World”…