'Game of Thrones' Is Going Off-Book, So Absolutely No One Is Safe Anymore

All men must die in an incredibly gruesome manner at any given time.

'Game of Thrones' Is Going Off-Book, So Absolutely No One Is Safe Anymore
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Probably because he dislikes superiority complexes almost as much as he dislikes security and happiness, George R.R. Martin has brought the axe down on both your hopes for Game of Thrones season 72 and everyone who's still breathing in Westeros.

At the 2015 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, Martin spoke to Showbiz 411 (opens in new tab) about the beyond-Red-Wedding-level bloodbath (opens in new tab) that's to come April 12.

"People are going to die who don't die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy," he said. "So everybody better be on their toes. [Co-executive producers] David [Benioff] and D.B. [Weiss] are even bloodier than I am."

In the same interview, Martin discusses the vagaries of TV, which is just another way of saying, "GoT might or might not be renewed, but that doesn't matter because we're going off-book anyhow, so I can just keep writing at my own pace." Kit Harrington, ever the straight shooter, predicted the show will end—on a high note—after its seventh season.

"I think we've got to the point that people who have watched it thus far will finish it, so I don't think we're going to lose its viewership," he told Digital Spy (opens in new tab). "But it's about keeping that viewership happy, and keeping the quality up, and not doing what other TV shows have done in the past, which is finish on a whimper."

You know what that means—start prepping your all-my-fictional-friends-are-dead bunker now.

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.