Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 – As the popular HBO TV show and book series Game of Thrones enters its eighth and final season, Americans wonder which character will die next, who is going to become a white walker and who is likely to rule Westeros. Eighteen percent of Americans, or around 59 million people, have seen all the episodes of the TV show and plan to watch the new season live. Another 6% of Americans have seen all the episodes, but plan to watch the new season once all episodes are released. About one in ten (9%) watch Game of Thrones, but are not caught up in all the episodes.
Americans think that Cersei Lannister, the current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, is most likely to die next (18%). Theon Greyjoy comes in second, with 16% of Americans predicting he is going to die next. Jon Snow, Warden of the North, is third on the list with 14% thinking he is likely to die next. Other characters that Americans think might die next include The Hound (13%), one (or more) dragons (13%), and Jaime Lannister (13%). As the Night King moves south of The Wall and into Winterfell, Americans think that Theon Greyjoy is most likely to become a white walker (13%). Other potential characters at risk of becoming white walkers include Jon Snow (11%), Cersei Lannister (11%), the Hound (11%), Jorah Mormont (11%) and one (or more) dragons (10%).
In the battle of ice and fire, Americans predict that Jon Snow will more likely end up ruling the Iron Throne (31%). Daenerys "Khaleesi" Targaryen is second, with 22% predicting she will rule over Westeros. Americans also think that there is another contender to the Iron Throne: One in ten Americans think that Arya Stark (11%) will be the next queen of the Seven Kingdoms. When it comes to their personal preference, a third of Americans (34%) think that Jon Snow should end up on the Iron Throne. A fifth (20%) of Americans think that Daenerys "Khaleesi" Targaryen should be the queen of Westeros.