If you watch Game of Thrones, there is no escape from witnessing shocking character deaths—even if you've read the books. Author George R. R. Martin seems to take a bit of glee knowing that no one is safe in his books, and none of his book characters are safe on TV.

At this weekend's Writer's Guild Awards, Martin told Showbiz 411 that, “People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes (for season 5). (Series creators) David [Benioff] and D.B. [Weiss] are even bloodier than I am.” We imagine that there was a twinkle in his eye, a smile pushing upward to a very sharp degree.

Martin's readers who watch the HBO series shouldn't be surprised, as (spoiler alert, for those not yet finished with season four) Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Grenn (Mark Stanley), and Pyp (Josef Altin) all died last year. All of those characters survived until—at least—the end of Martin's fifth novel; Irri (Amrita Acharia) received a crueler fate, as was murdered in season 2, but did not die in the novels.

Martin readers are concerned, however, that Martin's sixth Thrones novel has not yet been slated for release in 2015. Martin has been working on his follow up to A Dance With Dragons since 2011. By mid-Spring, the TV series will be caught up with the books. Without a release date for the following book, The Winds of Winter, to provide a bridge for readers, ALL subsequent deaths will be equally shocking for everyone. 

Game of Thrones' season 5 begins on April 12.

[via Showbiz 411]