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#1 StannisEndGame

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:09 AM

I've worked on a quite time consuming project which is taking the screentime for almost every character in Game of Thrones.
I've given the characters time when they appear on screen as apposed to in the scene, for example the Hound could be in a 6 min long scene but only be visible on screen for 55 seconds thus he only gets 55 seconds. I also gave characters screentime for "deadtime" when the whole body is still intact. Khal Drogo's corpse got screentime, Ned's head dit not.
I did it season by season and also made a total screentime ranking with all 3 seasons combined. I plan to do this for each following season and add it to the total score aswell as add some characters I hadn't had the patience to do as of yet (Rickon, Hodor, the Reeds etc).
I did this because I found it really interesting to see how much weight is given to each character by the show and to compare them to one another.

I've taken the time in minutes and also wrote which seasons they appeared, higlighting the season they had the most screentime, and also how many episodes starred in. It is, give or take a few seconds, really accurate.


Enjoy! /biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />


Total screentime:
1. Tyrion Lannister – 166:15 (1,2,3; 28)
2. Daenerys Targaryen – 127:35 (1,2,3; 25)
3. Jon Snow - 126:41 (1,2,3; 24)
4. Arya Stark - 100:11 (1,2,3; 27)
5. Eddard Stark – 94:35 (1; 9)
6. Catelyn Stark – 91:14 (1,2,3; 25)
7. Cersei Lannister – 90:02 (1,2,3; 27)
8. Robb Stark - 89:16 (1,2,3; 22)
9. Sansa Stark - 85:42 (1,2,3; 24)
10. Theon Greyjoy – 84:11 (1,2,3; 23)
11. Jorah Mormont – 72:18 (1,2,3; 24)
12. Jaime Lannister – 71:25 (1,2,3; 19)
13. Samwell Tarly - 61:48 (1,2,3; 19)
14. Petyr Baelish - 60:00 (1,2,3; 19)
15. Bran Stark - 57:56 (1,2,3; 21)
16. Varys - 57:17 (1,2,3; 18)
17. Joffrey Baratheon - 54:22 (1,2,3; 23)
18. Tywin Lannister - 49:39 (1,2,3; 19)
19. Davos Seaworth – 44:00 (2,3; 10)
20. Ygritte – 42:55 (2,3; 12)
21. Shae – 40:45 (1,2,3; 16)
22. Brienne of Tarth - 39:38 (2,3; 14)
23. Gendry – 39:14 (1,2,3; 17)
24. Sandor Clegane – 39:03 (1,2,3; 21)
25. Bronn – 36:54 (1,2,3; 16)
26. Stannis Baratheon – 36:45 (2,3; 12)
27. Margaery Tyrell – 32:51 (2,3; 10)
28. Talisa Maegyr – 32:25 (2,3; 12)
29. Melisandre – 32:22 (2,3; 10)
30. Osha –30:53 (1,2,3; 14)
31. Robert Baratheon – 29:38 (1; 7)
32. Grand Maester Pycelle – 28:38 (1,2,3; 15)
33. Khal Drogo – 27:20 (1,2; 10)
34. Barristan Selmy – 25:43 (1,3; 13)
35. Renly Baratheon – 25:26 (1,2; 8)
36. Maester Luwin – 24:22 (1,2; 14)
37. Jeor Mormont – 23:42 (1,2,3; 12)
38. Ros – 22:12 (1,2,3; 15)
39. Loras Tyrell – 21:54 (1,2,3; 11)
40. Viserys Targaryen – 20:15 (1; 5)
41. Gilly – 18:08 (2,3; 9)
42. Rodrik Cassel – 16:46 (1,2; 12)
43. Hot Pie – 15:47 (1,2,3; 10)
44. Thoros of Myr – 15:35 (3; 6)
45. Olenna Tyrell – 14:54 (3; 5)
46. Yoren – 13:48 (1,2; 7)
47. Ramsay Snow – 13:43 (3; 6)
48. Roose Bolton – 13:41 (2,3; 11)
49. Edmure Tully – 13:08 (3; 5)
50. Walder Frey - 12:26 (1,3; 3)
51. Brynden Tully – 12:00 (3; 5)
52. Yara Greyjoy – 11:50 (2,3; 5)
53. Missandei – 11:39 (3; 8)
54. Beric Dondarion – 11:07 (1,3; 5)
55. Tormund Giantsbane – 10:27 (3; 7)
56. Daario Naharis – 10:12 (3; 3)
57. Jaqen H’qhar – 8:15 (1,2; 7)
58. Balon Greyjoy – 7:58 (2;3; 3)
59. Qyburn – 7:16 (3; 4)
60. Lysa Arryn – 7:03 (1; 4)
61. Benjen Stark – 7:00 (1; 3)
62. Maester Aemon – 6:49 (1,3; 4)
63. Mance Rayder – 6:22 (3; 3)
64. Syrio Forel - 6:15 (1; 3)
65. Robin Arryn – 4:37 (1; 4)

Season 1:
1. Eddard Stark – 94:35
2. Jon Snow – 59:35
3. Daenerys Targaryen – 57:00
4. Tyrion Lannister – 52:48
5. Catelyn Stark – 47:40
6. Arya Stark – 33:47
7. Jorah Mormont – 31:13
8. Robert Baratheon – 29:38
9. Petyr Baelish – 28:53
10. Robb Stark – 28:18
11. Cersei Lannister – 28:03
12. Bran Stark – 27:02
13. Sansa Stark – 26:20
14. Khal Drogo – 25:15
15. Varys – 22:47
16. Samwell Tarly – 22:24
17. Viserys Targaryen – 20:15
18. Jaime Lannister – 19:56
19. Theon Greyjoy – 19:22
20. Joffrey Baratheon – 17:41
21. Grand Maester Pycelle – 16:20
22. Bronn – 15:58
23. Rodrik Cassel – 14:13
24. Renly Baratheon – 11:42
25. Jeor Mormont – 10:37
26. Barristan Selmy – 10:33
27. Tywin Lannister – 9:25
28. Sandor Clegane – 9:22
29. Shae – 8:40
30. Ros – 8:20
31. Maester Luwin – 8:09
32. Osha – 8:07
33. Yoren – 7:20
34. Lysa Arryn – 7:03
35. Benjen Stark – 7:00
36. Syrio Forel - 6:15
37. Maester Aemon – 5:21
38. Loras Tyrell – 5:13
39. Robin Arryn – 4:37
40. Walder Frey - 3:09
41. Gendry – 2:51
42. Hot Pie - 1:10
43. Beric Dondarion – 0:31 *
44. Jaqen H’qhar – 0:17 *

Season 2:
1. Tyrion Lannister - 64:24
2. Theon Greyjoy – 41:48
3. Daenerys Targaryen – 38:58
4. Cersei Lannister – 38:46
5. Arya Stark - 38:06
6. Jon Snow – 33:20
7. Robb Stark – 30:14
8. Sansa Stark – 28:15
9. Catelyn Stark – 23:36
10. Davos Seaworth – 21:30
11. Petyr Baelish – 20:51
12. Stannis Baratheon – 19:59
13. Joffrey Baratheon – 19:07
14. Brienne of Tarth – 18:51
15. Jorah Mormont – 18:33
16. Shae – 17:22
17. Tywin Lannister -17:17
18 .Varys - 16:25
19. Ygritte – 16:23
20. Maester Luwin – 16:13
21. Jaime Lannister – 14:55
22. Bran Stark – 13:52
23. Talisa Maegyr – 13:49
24. Bronn - 13:45
25. Renly Baratheon – 13:44
26. Gendry – 13:42
27. Sandor Clegane – 13:17
28. Melisandre – 12:41
29. Samwell Tarly – 12:05
30. Osha – 10:56
31. Ros – 10:22
32. Margaery Tyrell – 10:00
33. Hot Pie – 9:35
34. Loras Tyrell – 9:30
35. Yara Greyjoy – 9:20
36. Grand Maester Pycelle – 8:19
37. Jaqen H’qhar – 7:58
38. Jeor Mormont – 7:44
39. Balon Greyjoy – 5:41
40. Yoren – 5:28
41. Roose Bolton – 3:59
42. Gilly – 3:00
42. Rodrik Cassel – 2:33
43. Khal Drogo – 2:05

Season 3:
1. Tyrion Lannister – 49:03
2. Jaime Lannister - 36:34
3. Jon Snow – 35:46
4. Daenerys Targaryen - 31:37
5. Sansa Stark – 31:07
6. Robb Stark – 28:40
7. Arya Stark – 28:18
8. Samwell Tarly – 27:17
9. Ygritte – 26:32
10. Cersei Lannister – 23:13
11. Theon Greyjoy – 23:01
12. Tywin Lannister – 22:57
13. Margaery Tyrell - 22:51
14. Gendry – 22:41
15. Jorah Mormont – 22:32
16. Davos Seaworth – 22:30
17. Brienne of Tarth – 20:47
18. Catelyn Stark – 19:58
19. Melisandre – 19:41
20. Talisa Maegyr – 18:36
21. Varys – 18:05
22. Joffrey Baratheon – 17:34
23. Bran Stark – 17:02
24. Stannis Baratheon – 16:46
25. Sandor Clegane – 16:24
26. Thoros of Myr – 15:35
27. Barristan Selmy – 15:10
28. Gilly – 15:08
28. Olenna Tyrell – 14:54
29. Shae – 14:43
30. Ramsay Snow – 13:43
31. Edmure Tully – 13:08
32. Brynden Tully – 12:00
33. Missandei – 11:39
34. Osha – 11:10
35. Beric Dondarion – 10:36
36. Tormund Giantsbane – 10:27
37. Petyr Baelish – 10:16
38. Daario Naharis – 10:12
39. Roose Bolton – 9:42
40. Walder Frey – 9:17
41. Qyburn – 7:16
42. Bronn – 7:11
43. Loras Tyrell – 7:11
44. Mance Rayder – 6:22
45. Jeor Mormont – 5:21
46. Hot Pie – 5:02
47. Grand Maester Pycelle – 3:59
48. Ros – 3:30
49. Yara Greyjoy – 2:30
50. Balon Greyjoy – 2:17
51. Maester Aemon – 1:28

*Character is being played by an extra or different actor

Edited by StannisEndGame, 09 August 2013 - 02:08 AM.


#2 Stannis Eats No Peaches

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:14 AM

Well great work but you're on the wrong subforum I'm afraid.

#3 Tony Soprano

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:15 AM

Wow, I applaud you for your effort.

I was a bit surprised to see Robb in the top 10, to be honest. But I'd forgotten that the writers expanded his story quite a bit from that in the books. I wasn't too happy about that, but I guess they did it so the Red Wedding would have a bigger impact on the story.

I hope they expand on Tywin's and Roose's stories in the next seasons. The actors a great, and I'd really like it if HBO swaps some unnecessary sex scenes with scenes that actually build the characters.

ETA: What SENP said. This belongs in the TV subforum.

Edited by Tony Soprano, 05 August 2013 - 09:17 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:18 AM

Thanks! Yeah, you're right, is there a way to transfer it over there?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:20 AM

Thanks! Yeah, you're right, is there a way to transfer it over there?


You could ask a mod to move it there.

#6 Sordelor

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:23 AM

Great work of you.

But this is not the right place for it.

#7 Stannis Eats No Peaches

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:23 AM

Thanks! Yeah, you're right, is there a way to transfer it over there?

You can use the report button and ask for it to be moved.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:33 AM

There we go!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:05 AM

Some different numbers for screentime:

Season 2:

http://asoiaf.wester...-of-characters/

Season 3 through Episode 5:

http://asoiaf.wester...-of-characters/

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:12 AM

Kinda depressing how much more screentime Shae has over more worthy characters.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:14 AM

Yeah, but I believe those are for a whole scene. Like if Daenerys features in a scene she's automatically given screentime for the whole duration for it. I choose not to measure the time like that because for example characters like Sandor Clegane would get a whole lot of more screentime even though he's barely seen on screen but still standing somewhere in the scene, like in every throneroom scene in season 1.
I actually sat with a timerclock while watching ^^

Edited by StannisEndGame, 06 August 2013 - 07:25 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:29 AM

Wow, great job!

It's just sad how much Catelyn's time was reduced after Season 1.

Edited by David Selig, 05 August 2013 - 12:29 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:21 AM

Theon getting more screen time in season 3 than Catelyn Stark is a joke

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:14 PM

Theon getting more screen time in season 3 than Catelyn Stark is a joke


Yeah, that is kind of sad

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:09 AM

This is really great. /smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

Cat's lack of screentime in season 3 is just... depressing. I didn't like how they presented her character in season 1, but at least she got the screentime she deserved.

And people are wondering why Michelle Fairley didn't get an emmy nomination. /rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:21 AM

Catelyn's drop from 9th to 18th makes me really mad. That, and the lack of Stannis in season 3.

Apart from that(and Tyrion having the most screentime in season 3), the amount of screentime seems pretty in line with the books, with Tyrion, Arya, Jon and Daenerys having the most time on screen. Thanks for making this list.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:26 AM

The character times are interesting.... but it's never been explained why season 3 was shorter than season 1 tho longer than season 2.... when , supposedly, HBO? (or was it them?) released info (before the season) that each episode of season 3 would be ... what? 5 or a few min. longer than in season 1 or season 2.
I wonder what the longest episode has been in three seasons?


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:34 AM

GREAT JOB STANNISENDGAME. What a lot of work. You must have limitless patience!

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:27 AM

Well Stannis probably had more screentime in s3 than was warranted.

Theon didn't have quite as much time in s3 as it felt when you were watching. Roose needs to climb that ladder in the next couple of seasons too.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:37 PM

I like the fact that Ned has so much screentime even though he was only in the first season! Its a shame Cat had such a poor showing for her last season and Bran should have been higher up in season 2. Thanks for doing this I like all these lists and figures!