Namely: as the series draws ever-nearer to its end point, the killing becomes a heck of a lot easier to do. Because of course it does! Emotional manipulation is perhaps the only thing deadlier than a game of thrones, in our humble opinion.
“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that,” the author stated. “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.”