Network of Thrones

The international hit HBO series Game of Thrones, adapted from George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, features interweaving plotlines and scores of characters. With so many people to keep track of in this sprawling saga, it can be a challenge to fully understand the dynamics between them.

To demystify this saga, we turn to network science, a new and evolving branch of applied graph theory that brings together traditions from many disciplines, including sociology, economics, physics, computer science, and mathematics. It has been applied broadly across the sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and in industrial settings.

In this article we perform a network analysis of Game of Thrones to make sense of the intricate character relationships and their bearing on the future plot (but we promise: no spoilers!). PDF