The Battle of Winterfell is upon us and fans and those who haven’t watched but still pretend to know what’s going on so they too can stand around the office coffeepot a few extra minutes are speculating who will be left standing when “Throne” ends.

A few websites have offered some theories which we will discuss and a university in Germany has done some extensive research and offered predictions.

It’s “game on” on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

As we type, many of the “GOT” bets are still up at 5Dimes and other of SBR’s high-rated sportsbooks. To help you with those choices, we’re going to throw some of the more interesting and possibly likely predictions at you.

We’re just giving you the high sign of what’s going to follow this paragraph in case you want to bail. Not so much spoilers but speculation that if right could be spoilers.

Still here? Good. Here we go.

First, why wasn’t this kind of class offered when I was in school? Computer science students at the Technical University of Munich developed an algorithm that scoured the internet for data to predict which “Thrones” characters were likely to survive the season.

Guy Yachdav, the project’s supervisor, said the algorithm uses longevity analysis that he compares to the same information used to examine the effects of medical treatments.

He told the Associated Press that the analysis “relies on data taken from the world of fantasy, the exact same artificial intelligence techniques are used in the real world.”

According to the algorithm, at 99 percent, Daenerys Targaryen has the highest chance of survival. Bronn unfortunately is predicted to be the character most likely to die. Also scoring well as a survivor, Tyrion Lannister at 97 percent.

You can check out all their predictions regarding life and death here. And it must be said, in 2016 students in this same course created an algorithm that predicted Jon Snow’s resurrection. Just sayin’.

Other predictions for the final season:

  • While many may die, others may see new life. One theory has The Night King raising going into the crypts and raising Starks from the dead – including Ned who lost is head way back in Season 1. Welcome back, Starks, er Wights.
  • There are more than one theory as to who is Azor Ahai – The Prince (or Princess) That Was Promised. A well-liked Reddit theory that’s about a year-old says it’s Jaime Lassiter. It’s all wrapped up in the Valyrian dictionary — words for lord and light are aeksio and onos. The words for gold and hand are aeksion and ondos. Gold Hand? Coincidence or poppycock?
  • The one thing most “GOT” fans agree on is that Cersei has to die and the prediction is one her brothers, Jaime or Tyrion, will step up and do the deed. The prophecy as envisioned by author George R.R. Martin has the witch telling Cersei “the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” “Valonqar” means “little brother” in Valyrian. Literally means Tyrion and Jaime, too, her twin was born after her.. Eenie, meenie, miney mo.

And speaking of death Episode 3,  the epic 82 minute, long-anticipated Battle of Winterfell came sooner than most viewers thought it would. The good news  is not everyone can die or those last three episodes are going to be VERY boring.

The Hollywood Reporter predicts 13 people will not survive … here’s three:

  • Of course, for the Starks to rise from the crypts at the hand of the Night King, those hiding in the crypts are goners and that includes Gilly and Baby Sam.
  • Unfortunately, for Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) that new sword won’t get him very far. Enjoy the fight for as long as you can, Jorah, we’ll see you on the other side.
  • The fierce Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) who was finally knighted in episode 2 and cast a smile so wide it almost killed the internet won’t live through Sunday night. You can’t have someone that happy on “GOT,” they have to die. Commence with the ugly cry.

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