Will Jon Snow will win the Game of Thrones? Fans in the UAE seem to think so!
April 30, 2019

So we finally had the war episode, brutal acts of war filmed in the dark of night included. With the epic end of the Battle of Winterfell, YouGov surveyed people on who will assume the seat of Westeros and what will be the fate of the contenders to the Iron Throne.

Jon Snow appears to be the frontrunner to win the throne across countries and continents. In the UAE, almost a third (31%) of residents want Jon Snow to reign the whole nation and almost as many (28%) think he is most likely to claim the throne.

A YouGov survey in the US (done just before the season premiered) revealed that a quarter of people (25%) believe Jon Snow is going to take the throne. In the UK, 1 in 5 (22%) said so and in India 1 in 3 (28%) are hopeful for the same. Jon’s beloved sister, Arya Stark, who emerged as the hero in this season, comes in the second place, with 1 in 10 people (9.4%) hoping she takes the seat and just as many (9%) believing she rightly will.

While everybody favours Jon Snow, men and women are most divided over Arya Stark, with a higher number of women wanting her to claim the throne as compared to men (14% women vs 7%men), who prefer the Night King and Jamie Lannister over her.

Following Arya very closely is the Night King who a tenth (at 9.3%) want should become the next monarch of Westeros and almost as many (10%) think he most likely will. Although the third episode eliminated his chances of becoming the king, in the Game of Thrones universe anything is possible.

Although nearing 1 in 10 (at 8.7%) want Tyrion Lannister to claim the throne from his sister, only 1 in 16 (6%) think he actually may end up doing so.

Daenerys is far behind in the both the lists, with 1 in 12 (8%) wanting her to reclaim her ancestors throne and as many (8%) thinking she is most likely towin the game of thrones.

Cersei, who is one of the most despised characters of the show, sits at the bottom of the list, with only 3% wanting her to win. In fact, she tops the list of those fated to die, with close to half (45%) saying she will die in this season.

The Night King is second in the list, with 43% believing he is doomed to die (and the last episode sealed his fate).

People are confident about the stark children surviving the ordeal and they top the list of survivors- Arya Stark (58% believing she will survive), Jon Snow (56%), Sansa Stark (56%) and Bran (52%), along with Tyrion Lannister (53%).

On the other hand, close to a quarter (23%) seem unsure about the fate of the mother of dragons- Daenerys Targaryen, who is a leading contender for the throne.

1 in 10 (11%) believe the Iron Throne will be destroyed and no one will be able to claim it, although only 1 in 16 (6%) really want this to happen.

Coming to the fans of the show, at present, more than 1 in 5 (22%) UAE residents are tuned in to the latest season while 1 in 10 (11%) are catching up on the seasons.

Among those currently watching, a third (34%) are watching the show on TV using their OSN TV subscription, 15% are consuming it digitally through Wavo subscription, 36% are using some free source and 9% are streaming from websites in other countries via VPN.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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