Why are Ohioans fascinated with a sad-sack Game of Thrones family?
The wildly popular HBO series Game of Thrones has fans heading to the web to learn more about their favorite violent fantasy, which chronicles the alliances and conflicts constantly brewing among noble family dynasties in a fantastic, dramatic otherworld. But know this: While you're Googling, someone is keeping score. And Ohioans—you're a little odd.
An analysis of Google search data by decluttr.com determined which states seemed to favor which families from the TV show. Most states, of course, were interested in the big-name houses of Stark, Lannister and Targaryen. In fact, nearly half of the country—24 states—searched most often for info about the Stark clan, while 10 others favored Lannister and nine typed Targaryen into their browsers.
Ohio, on the other hand, was only matched by Maine in its admiration for the house of Baratheon, one of the diminished families in the series. So what's with the Buckeye-Baratheon connection? To the scrolls!
Notable Baratheons include horny drunkard Robert (R.I.P.), well-liked, but overmatched Renly (R.I.P.) and humorless grammarian Stannis (R.I.P.). Might the residents of Ohio's three largest cities in some way relate to those characters? Cleveland is like Robert because it never shuts up despite a long string of losses. Perhaps Columbus is Renly because it's affable and promising, but always feeling like the little brother. Cincinnati is Stannis because it has weird beliefs and is grudgingly tolerated. Considering all meaningful members of this house have been gored, stabbed, poisoned or murdered by a smoke monster and are long gone from the game, maybe Ohioans are just sentimentalists with an affinity for hard-luck cases.
On a more positive note: Hammer-wielding beefcake Gendry, bastard son of Robert, remains in the game (at least as of publication deadline) and offers a bit of hope and redemption. Could Ohioans lie in wait for some future glory?
Or maybe I—and now you—have spent entirely too much time thinking about this. So what's Maine's excuse?