George R. R. Martin "Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin says more character deaths are coming in upcoming books. Photo: Reuters

Fans of the “Game of Thrones” books have been anxiously waiting for author George R. R. Martin to finish the next installment of the franchise, but, in the meantime, Martin has been doing a lot of talking about what’s in store for the series. Last week the author confessed that some savvy fans have already guessed the ending to the story and this week the author is promising more major character deaths.

According to Movie Fone, Martin was at a fantasy novel roundtable when he ensured fans of more heartbreaking deaths ahead.

"The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that," Martin explained.  "And now 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.”

The last novel in the series that Martin released was “A Dance with Dragons” in 2011. The next planned installment will be “The Winds of Winter,” the sixth book in the series. HBO's “Game of Thrones” Season 5 will begin to source material from “A Dance with Dragons.” 

Here are five characters who have made it to “The Winds of Winter” book (Major spoiler alert!) that may not last much longer:

Cersei Lannister

Cersei would be the most logical candidate for a major character death. She is, after all, about to stand trial by combat for her various murder plots and infidelities. Even with the Frankenstein-esque return of Gregor Clegane’s body as her champion, this might finally be the end for everyone’s favorite evil queen.

Tyrion Lannister

Martin said that major characters intersecting again frees him up to kill more fan favorites and now that Tyrion and Jorah Mormont are together in the Second Sons, one of them might be the next to go. Tyrion has had a rough go of things since being accused of King Joffrey’s murder, but has managed to survive multiple false accusations, a lost trail by combat, and two kidnappings. Will his luck finally run out?

Jorah Mormont

The flip side of that argument is Jorah Mormont. The long suffering servant of Daenerys has been in exile since her discovery that he was initially spying on her for Varys. If him or Tyrion is going to die during their time with the Second Sons, most fans will be hoping it is Jorah.

Stannis Baratheon

This may be a cheat as some believe Stannis is already dead, but Ramsay Bolton has been known to lie before and his letter to Jon Snow may not be trustworthy. If Stannis is still alive, however, it may not be for long as a clash with Bolton and his men is inevitable, with Stannis hell-bent on executing Theon Greyjoy.

Theon Greyjoy

Speaking of Theon (or Reek, or whatever you want to call him), with Stannis determined to execute him and Bolton not treating him much better, it might be time to see Theon be put out of his suffering.

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