So, I love A Song of Ice and Fire, but I've noticed a trend growing since the show adaptation became popular, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in saying that it's getting a little annoying. I'm of course talking about killing off every god damn character. I get why killing characters has gotten popular. It's because people like George R.R. Martin knows how to do it. He makes the deaths meaningful, and impactful. The fact that someone died has a serious effect on the other characters and on the story as a whole, and sends the story down interesting paths that it couldn't have gone down before. But many people seem to think that the reason why killing all these characters works so great in Game of Thrones, is just because people die and stuff. Holywood in particular obviously likes following trends, so it's something that has ruined a lot of movies for me recently. Characters just sort of die without it actually leaving a big impact on the story, and it just seems... wasteful. What are you guys' thoughts on this?