Game of Thrones season 5 is set to premiere on April 12, and while fans of the HBO blockbuster series are no doubt preparing for the epic viewing parties, rumor has it they should be preparing their tissue supplies.
Fan reactions to the always-epic and often bloody death scenes featured in Game of Thrones are nothing new. Remember the reaction videos from the Red Wedding? Season 5 may top them all, at least series creator George R.R. Martin thinks so.
Martin took time out from his work on the next novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, to attend the Writer’s Guild of America Awards. While there, Martin revealed that fans who’ve read the books won’t be able to prepare themselves for the death toll in Game of Thrones season 5 the way they did for the Red Wedding, because they haven’t happened yet in the books.
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy.”
This won’t be the first time Game of Thrones has deviated from its source material. At least four characters who have met a gruesome end on Game of Thrones are still alive in the Westeros of A Song of Ice and Fire. These characters include Daenerys’ handmaiden Irri, and Xaro Xhoan Daxos, both of whom were locked in an empty vault and left for dead by Daenerys in season 2. Also among those who survived A Song of Ice and Fire, but not Game of Thrones is Joyeuse Erenford, who survived the book version of the Red Wedding, but wasn’t so lucky in the television episode.
In fact, it’s unlikely that fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels will be able to get ahead of Game of Thrones anytime soon, if ever again. The internet went nuts in early February when a misunderstanding led fans to believe that there was no hope of The Winds of Winter being released in 2015. In fact, Martin insists that none of his books be scheduled until they are completed and the final manuscript is delivered. So all that means is that George R.R. Martin hasn’t finished yet.
George R.R. Martin has said that he hopes to stay ahead of Game of Thrones, but with The Winds of Winter not on the publishing schedule and Game of Thrones season six set to begin production in July of 2015, that seems unlikely. Never fear, Martin and Game of Thrones show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are among the few people in the world who know how Martin intends to end the series. So while all men must die, at least fans can be relatively certain that those that die will be those Martin intended to die all along.