Our ‘Game of Thrones’ contest champ says season finale is ‘going to get ugly’

“The last two episodes were a stark (no pun intended) reminder that this isn’t really a good vs. evil story. It’s going to get ugly,” says Gold Derby’s latest “Game of Thrones” contest champ Deniz Anderson (screen name DenizSisman), who wins $100 predicting Episode 9, titled “The Dance of Dragons.” Can YOU beat this user next week? Hurry — make your predictions for Sunday’s season finale 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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Deniz is 27 years old and hails from Delaware where she’s currently a waitress. She’s one of only two people to reap perfect 100% accuracy predicting this week’s episode contest, though she broke the tie with her 4,156 point score thanks to locking in the best odds throughout the week.

Her winning predictions were that Shireen Baratheon would die amongst the group of minor characters, that no main/recurring characters would die, that one dragon would appear, that we would not see a white walker, that Tyrion would not have a drink and that there’d be no full frontal nudity.

So, how did Deniz do so well and what does she make of the season so far?

“It is mostly a result from my obsession with the show. I’m always on the show’s IMDB board, for catching all the news at time and discussing with the other fans and following other ‘GoT’ source sites as well. Interestingly, HBO’s own page also helped me with their TVMA info a lot. (Adult Language, Nudity etc.) I entirely forgot to submit any predictions for Episode 7 at all but other than that this is my third 100% accuracy in the contest. I wasn’t very good at making bets in the right place so I finished both races with a close second. I knew Jorah wouldn’t die because it would have made his all greyscale arc completely unnecessary. As for other categories, it has been just combination of luck, instincts.

“In ‘Hardhome,’ we saw what ‘winter is coming’ really means. It’s not just a catchphrase. It means terrifying and intelligent otherworldly creatures who bring deathly cold mists and a relentless undead army. If this is the adversary, fire must be key to victory, right? Maybe. But at what cost? In the north we have a Lord of Light demanding the sacrifice of an innocent child. In Meereen we have a fire a scene that seems cool and uplifting. A necessary good thing to counter the horror of Shireen’s death. But that’s the case only on the surface.

“But the real cutback (in the same time uptrend) was Shireen’s sacrifice. It was a great scene, come to think of the quality and acting-wise. The show has been building up to this moment since the Season 2 finale, when Melisandre and Stannis both were looking into the fire, she was saying ‘A great battle in the snow. You will betray your family. You will betray yourself. You will betray everything you hold dear. But it doesn’t matter. You will be king.’ And the conversation between Selyse and Melisandre about how it was so important that Shireen must go with them to The Wall and how ‘The Lord needs her,’ so it wasn’t a pointless shock value either.

“I still don’t think this is the year they could beat the fantasy barrier [at the Emmys]. The show has always been in a fantasy genre, but back in Season 1 we saw dragons only in the season finale and white walkers only in the season premiere. Other than that it was just a bloodier version of ‘Rome.’ And every now and then fantasy has been increased with shadow babies, dragon glasses, faceless men and now this season with greyscale and stone men. But the difference with this season is that unlike past years, most of the memorable sequences came directly from fantasy.

“But I really want Lena Headey to happen in Emmys at least. It looks like we won’t be just seeing her punishment for her sins in next episode, but there will be also a speech before that as well. I’d say at least 8-10 minutes would focus solely on her which is a very great number considering the code of the show. Dame Diana, Dinklage and at least one directing nom should be locked. Not sure about the writing after all this controversy this year, but one can hope.”

Be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts for the season finale, titled “Mother’s Mercy,” 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.

‘Game of Thrones’ season finale: Who will win and who will die?

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?

Where do you stand on our overall Season 5 leaderboard?

Currently, there is a six-way tie for first place at the top of our leaderboard, as Emmy Runner, Benutty, SamEckmann, Matt Morse, LuisAlbertoQH and Kmaderby85 are all at impressive 90% prediction accuracy for the season.

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, Emmy Runner has the most points (12,027) thanks to locking in the best odds at the right time. View Emmy Runner’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. We’ve separated all 36 characters into three groups of 12 — MAIN, RECURRING, MINOR — so you have multiple chances each week to guess who’ll die next.

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