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MIT scientists conclusively prove they know nothing about Game of Thrones


You know nothing, MIT computer scientists—at least not about Game of Thrones.

A team of researchers who are studying human memorability with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have determined the most memorable characters on the HBO drama—not by analyzing their story arcs, development, or even screen time, but by feeding photos of the characters into software that can determine a “memorability score” based on people’s abilities to remember them in a memory test.

In other words, when the researchers analyzed the photos by comparing them to their collection of more than 60,000 images, they found out who had the most memorable features—and therefore, in some ways, who must have looked the most attractive. It’s no surprise, then, that Dany, Margaery, and the Lannisters topped the list. Curiously, Jaime, Cersei, and Bronn all have the same memorability score: 0.878. It makes sense for the twins to have similar features, but Bronn will be pleased he’s on their level. Maybe.

On the other hand, Joffrey wouldn’t be too happy with where he landed—and it looks like everyone forgot Team Stannis. (Maybe the researchers did see last week’s episode.) Then again, the team only discovered these findings by feeding a slew of character images into their software and relying on people to remember who they were, which makes things, well, subjective in the end.

With all that in mind, here are the most memorable characters on Game of Thrones, ranked according to their memorability scores:

  1. Daenerys Targaryen - 0.942
  2. Margaery Tyrell - 0.907
  3. Tywin Lannister - 0.881
  4. Jaime Lannister - 0.878
  5. Cersei Lannister - 0.878
  6. Bronn - 0.878
  7. Sansa Stark - 0.87
  8. Jon Snow - 0.861
  9. Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark - 0.861
  10. Gregor Clegane - 0.822
  11. Tyrion Lannister - 0.815
  12. Joffrey Baratheon - 0.725