Bloody and unexpected deaths are a key staple of Game of Thrones, with the hit HBO show never failing to shock audiences and longtime fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Game of Thrones Season 5 is set to debut this April, and if we're to believe George R.R. Martin, this next set of episodes is sure to make everyone very unhappy, as it promises to kill off a number of characters that haven't met their demise in the novels yet.

George R.R. Martin arrived at last night's Writers Guild West Awards, where he teased Game of Thrones Season 5 in all it's gory glory. He of course did not spill the beans on who is going to make it to Game of Thrones Season 6, but he did say these cryptic words:

"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. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am."

While we don't know who is going to live and who is going to die, George R.R. Martin has made it clear that he won't finish the next book in 2015. This means the series may end before the book series. HBO has already renewed the series for Season 6, and we reported back in October that the cast members have renewed their contracts through Season 7. How long does George R.R. Martin see the show running?

"This is the fifth season, the sixth season HBO picked up last year. We will have a 7th, 8th or 9th, no one knows. They only renew one or two seasons at a time. After we do season 6, maybe we'll get a renewal for 7th and 8th. That all depends, Television is a very changeable medium...I have two more books, the one I'm writing right now, 'The Winds Of Winter,' and after that the last book, 'The Dream of Spring,' so those will be the two final books. But we're talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That's up to D.B. And David."

Game of Thrones Season 5 will debut it's bloodiest season yet when it returns to HBO on April 12. Who do you hope lives? Who do you want to see killed off? Is this all just too much to handle? Chime in with your thoughts below:

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