Our ‘Game of Thrones’ top scorer reveals how he got 100% right predicting ‘Hardhome’

“In general I couldn’t see any major characters dying just yet, so I played it safe rather than picking someone random,” reveals this week’s top-scoring “Game of Thrones” user Smor, who did the best at predicting Sunday’s episode, titled “Hardhome.” Can YOU beat this user next week? Hurry — make your predictions for next week’s episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will die next.

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Smor was one of only four people to reap perfect 100% prediction accuracy while predicting “Hardhome” at Gold Derby, however he took the lead with 1,400 points thanks to locking in the best odds throughout the week. See where you placed in this week’s episode contest.

This user’s winning predictions were that nobody listed in our predictions center would die, that we would see a white walker, that Tyrion would have a drink, that there’d be no full frontal nudity and that zero dragons would appear.

How did Smor do so well? “I try to avoid the previews and even the episode titles to avoid spoilers, but knowing that Jon Snow would be beyond the wall, and with the groundwork laid with Sam giving Jon the the dragonglass daggers, I thought it likely we would see a white walker at least, though I wasn’t expecting a 20-minute battle sequence.”

“Hardhome” was “phenomenal,” Smor admits. “This episode had almost everything a fan could want. Even before the excellent battle sequence, there were many great scenes, most notably with Dany and Tyrion. I’m very excited to see how everything plays out over the final two episodes.”

Does he think it’s good enough to push the show over the edge at the Emmys? “I don’t think ‘Game of Thrones’ will win Best Drama Series this year. I think its best shot is in an acting category, possibly Lena Headey, and undoubtedly it will take home many awards in the technical categories.”

Smor concludes, “There’s still strong competition in Drama Series, particularly with seven series being eligible for the nomination this year. I think its best shot to win Drama Series will be in its final season. I’m backing ‘Mad Men’ to win, but that said, if ‘Game of Thrones’ were to win I would be very happy.”

‘Game of Thrones’ hot topic: Was ‘Hardhome’ the best episode in show’s history?

You can now predict next week’s episode, “The Dance of Dragons” at Gold Derby, so be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts before voting closes Sunday at 5 p.m. PT. The eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Every time a new user casts their votes, the overall odds are automatically updated at Gold Derby, resulting in updated rankings on our death charts. Have YOU voted yet? Keep up with all the current death odds by clicking here.

Where do you stand on our overall Season 5 leaderboard?

Currently, there is a four-way tie for first place at the top of our leaderboard, as Benutty, SamEckmann, LuisAlbertoQH and Kmaderby85 are all at impressive 95% prediction accuracy.

In the event of a tie at season’s end, our $100 prize will be awarded to the eligible user with the highest point score. Right now, Benutty has the most points (7,870) thanks to locking in the best odds at the right time. View Benutty’s predictions by clicking here.

Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean answering that week’s questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don’t take them for granted.

To vote for who you think will die on “Game of Thrones,” drag your choices over from the left to the right and rank them in order, one through five. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

Join the fiery fan discussion in our ‘Game of Thrones’ forum

Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can change them later as often as you like.

We are forecasting everything from the results on TV shows like “Game of Thrones” to the winners of the Emmy Awards and Tony Awards.

Get started by making your prediction as to which main character will die using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. And be sure to sound off on the current season of “Game of Thrones” in Gold Derby’s TV forum.

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