Valar morghulis. All men must die. It's so true and our boy George R.R. Martin, the creator and author of the [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) books and consultant to the TV show, loves killing off our favorite characters at what seems like the most inopportune times. Therefore, us fans are always on our toes, knowing damn well that nobody is even close to being safe.
Apparently in this next season, there's going to be even more reason to not get overly attached to any of the characters - since they could easily die at any time. There is supposedly an event from the fifth season that Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) told us is "perhaps even more shocking than the Red Wedding." Of course, the Red Wedding took Twitter by storm, with non-book-readers completely flipping out. I mean, right when it seemed like it was clear who we were supposed to be backing (The Starks), Rob, his mother, and his pregnant wife get taken out.
At the WGWA awards this past weekend, George R.R. Martin also spoke and shed some light on the fifth season and its transition away from the books. “People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy," he warned. "So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am.” Of course he's referring to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the two main writers of the show.
It's going to get brutal up in here! So, I figured I would break down why three prominent characters who survive in the books might not make it in the show.
You've gotta love Sansa. She's more or less innocent, in a world of people who... aren't. Sansa is still alive through the five books. The main reason the writers might take her out is that the show has caught up with her book storyline and there isn't really anywhere for her to go in Season 5 that isn't off book. This means she also has the most potential for a new and unique storyline in Season 5... but also a death.
Varys The Spider
Varys is yet another relatively good character. In the books, Varys doesn't travel across the sea with Tyrion. He hides away in Kings Landing. His storyline does seem to be heading somewhere in the books so it would be an odd move to kill him. However he's in strange, unknown territory now across the ocean where he isn't supposed to be. So anything could happen.
This would definitely be the biggest shocker, but also works. His storyline in the books seems to be leading towards some kind of final confrontation (I won't mention with who! Spoilers!) that could end in his noble death. In the show, it seems he's already totally off book (trailer shows him heading to Dorne which never happened in the books) so anything could happen to him there. Tie his new perilous circumstances into the fact that his number might be up in the books, and you have a solid death prediction.
What do you think? I can't wait for April!
Who is most likely to die of these three?