The next few seasons of Game of Thrones are going to be interesting, given that the show will catch up or even surpass the currently existing books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Interestingly, both books covered the same period of time, simply from the perspective of different characters. Fans didn’t much like that, and it seems in retrospect, George RR Martin didn’t either. Going back to the old system allows him more freedom, he says, especially when it comes to his famous main character executions:
“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.”
Who doesn’t want more death? Fantastic! (big book and show spoilers ahead)
As readers will know, both A Feast for Crows and a Dance With Dragons did seem relatively tame by Game of Thrones death standards. While A Clash of Kings featured quite a few very major deaths (Robb, Catelyn, Joffrey, Tywin), the next two lengthy books saved nearly all deaths for the end (Snow, Pycelle, Kevan Lannister) and few suspect that its most major one, Jon Snow, actually will see the lad dead when the dust settles. Other fates are up in the air, like Stannis, reported dead, but who knows? There’s a lot more ambiguity, and fewer major massacres like the Red Wedding. But even Catelyn survived that, so anything is kind of fair game in the universe.
Still, we will look forward to seeing who dies next. And if it isn’t Ramsay Bolton, I’m going to be most upset.
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