Washington, DC, April 18, 2019 – Samwell Tarly may have been safe after killing a White Walker and stealing books from the Citadel, but volunteering for the Night’s Watch during the upcoming Battle of Winterfell may be the nail in the coffin for this beloved character. Last week, Samwell Tarly was last in our list of mostly likely to die next, with only 3% of Game of Thrones fans thinking he is likely to die next. This week, one in ten Game of Thrones fans (10%) thinks he is likely to be killed, a seven-point increase since last episode. While Daenerys Targaryen is relatively safe this week (6%), one or both of her dragons are believed to be in danger. Sixteen percent of Game of Thrones fans think her dragons will become extinct, a 6-point increase since last episode (10%). Jaime Lannister (17%), Theon Greyjoy (15%), Jorah Mormont (14%) and The Hound (14%) continue to top the list of mostly likely to die next.
The number of Game of Thrones fans who think Jaime Lannister is going to become a White Walker has doubled since the beginning of the season. During the pre-season poll, 8% of Game of Thrones fans believed that Jaimie Lannister was going to become a White Walker next. After the second episode, 16% of fans predict that The Kingslayer is going to join the army of the undead. Theon Greyjoy (19%) and The Hound (17%) both went up four-point since last week and continue to be at the top of the list of who is most likely going to become a White Walker.
Despite Game of Thrones fans losing confidence in her last week, Daenerys Targaryen jumps up seven points to 20%, ranking second on the list of who is most likely to sit on the Iron Throne. Regardless of her gains, Daenerys Targaryen continues to fall behind Jon Snow. A third (33%) of Game of Thrones fans think Jon Snow mostly likely will end up on the Iron Throne, ruling over Westeros. Game of Thrones fans also continue to think Jon Snow should be the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms (41%). Sixteen percent of fans think Daenerys Targaryen should be the one to rule on the Iron Thrones.
One thing is clear: The Night King and his army of White Walkers have arrived in Winterfell. Who will die? Who will become undead? Tune in this Sunday to find out.
About the Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted between April 22-23, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,005 adults 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 267 adults who watch Game of Thrones.
For the wave fielded after episode one, a sample of 1,005 adults 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English between April 15-15, 2019. The sample includes 303 adults who watch Game of Thrones.
For the pre-season wave, a sample of 1,006 adults 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English between April 4-5, 2019. The sample includes 298 adults who watch Game of Thrones.
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The poll also has a credibility interval plus or minus 6.8 percentage points for adults who watch Game of Thrones.
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