Lol, you guys must be new... The brutal disappearances of key characters is a hallmark of the series. NO ONE IS SAFE. You really should have learned that when Ned Stark died. Many of the people you like WILL perish. I've read all of the books and I can tell you for a certainty that there are more beloved characters that get unfairly snuffed out. That's just how George Martin rolls (he's the guy who wrote the books).