'Game Of Thrones' Creator Teases Major Character Deaths

George R.R. Martin says as his series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," nears its conclusion, he will kill off more and more important characters.
Posted at 4:53 PM, Aug 22, 2014

The "Game of Thrones" series is already infamously violent, and the series creator says it's only going to get worse from here. 

Speaking at an event in London, George R.R. Martin, the author of the book series that spawned HBO's megahit series, was asked if there were any characters he just couldn't kill off. 

BuzzFeed quotes him as saying: "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."

Martin explained some characters are crucial to particular stories because they are essentially his eyes and ears in a certain location within the series.

Martin writes from the perspective of only a handful of characters in each book, so if he kills one off, he could potentially be leaving a particular subplot unfinished.

This means characters who show up frequently with other important characters, such as Jaime, Cersei and Tyrion in season four, have a greater risk of winding up on the chopping block than a more minor character who is isolated, like Theon Greyjoy.

So those hoping for a Stark family reunion might might find it a bit more traumatic than they had hoped.

This doesn't necessarily mean the fifth season is going to start off with a blood bath, although it could — because ... well, it's "Game of Thrones." However, the changes Martin is talking about are likely a long ways off for the show.

That's because the show has only covered roughly three of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books. It still has two more books that are already released to cover and another two that have yet to be completed before the series is wrapped up.

And these books are huge. The most recent release, "A Dance With Dragons," was upward of 1,000 pages. In fact, the show's third and fourth seasons only covered roughly one of the books.

So what all this means is that fans of the show can rest easy for the next few years as HBO catches up to Martin.