There’s really no other explanation other than George R R Martin hates his readers. Sure, nobody wants to read a book where the hero just skips his way to the bad guy and kills him with one slash of his sword. You have to overcome obstacles, face difficulties, maybe even some mortal peril to make the adventure seem worthwhile. But George R R Martin took it to a whole new level by killing so many people anytime you read a chapter with your favorite character you may be afraid to turn the page.
Maybe Mr Martin thought people who read the books were feeling too safe in the knowledge of what is still to come in the TV show. Because he recently told Showbiz411.com that “People are going to die [in the TV show] who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy.”
First, you don’t need to do anything more to make the book readers unhappy. This is the same guy who wrote such a long draft of Book 4 in the series that he told us all he was splitting it into two books but don’t worry because book 5 would be out next year. And by next year he meant five and a half years later. Four years later we still don’t have the next book and it’s now a foregone conclusion that the TV show will finish before the final book in the series is ever released. If it’s ever released.
So telling us more people will die in the TV show that didn’t already get killed in the books–well, that’s just great, Mr Martin. I hope you’re happy with your evil, evil ways.