‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Will Kill Characters Still Alive in the Books

“Everybody better be on their toes,” author George R.R. Martin warned

Death is coming for “Game of Thrones” characters in Season 5 — even if they’re still alive in author George R.R. Martin‘s “Song of Ice and Fire” novel series on which the HBO show is based.

“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy,” Martin told Showbiz 411 at the Writers Guild West Awards on Saturday. “So everybody better be on their toes. David [Benioff] and D.B. [Weiss] are even bloodier than I am.”

Martin’s avid readers who watch the fantasy series shouldn’t be surprised, though. Several characters have already gotten axed on TV, even if they were still alive in print.

Season 4 characters that met death on TV include Jojen, Grenn, and Pyp, while Daenerys Targaryen’s handmaiden Irri was murdered in Season 2.

Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” premieres on April 12.