Our ‘Game of Thrones’ contest champ says ‘nothing is predictable anymore’

“Nothing is predictable anymore,” says Gold Derby’s latest “Game of Thrones” contest champ John Benutty, who wins $100 predicting Episode 6, titled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” Can YOU beat this user next week? Hurry — make your own predictions in our “GoT” prediction contest 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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Benutty is 31 years old and hails from New York City, NY, where he’s a newswire editor. He’s one of only 10 people to reap perfect 100% accuracy predicting this week’s episode contest, though he broke the tie with his 2,870 point score thanks to locking in the best odds throughout the week.

His winning predictions were that no one would die this week, that zero dragons would appear, that Tyrion would not have a drink, that Cersei and Jaime would not kiss, that we would not see a white walker and that there would be no full frontal nudity.

So, how did Benutty do so well in his predictions? See his tricks of the trade below:

“If ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ makes anything clear it’s that what was once two completely different experiences of watching ‘Game of Thrones,’ divided by whether or not you have read the books, has now become one experience where no one really knows what will happen. So many of the storylines have now strayed far enough away from the books — namely Barristan Selmy’s untimely death and Sansa’s journey to and atrocities endured at Winterfell — that we shouldn’t only fear that the worst is yet to come for some characters, but expect it as well.

“As a reader of the books, my strategy going forward for predicting ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes will be to assume that, like Jon Snow, I know nothing. The key will be to look for clues in the trailers and reconcile what predictions make the most sense given the storyline trajectories of the previous episode rather than what I know to be the plot details from the books.”

Which characters will die next? Be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts before voting closes Sunday at 5 p.m. PT. The user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

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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 “Survivor” and “Game of Thrones” to the winners of the Emmys and Tonys.

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.

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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