After finishing the third book, I have one observation to make. At the rate Martin is killing off characters, who is gonna be left by book 5!!! I was really shocked that Robb Stark was killed. I was betting on him to make it all the way to the end of the series, and possibly even acquire the throne. And I was very glad to read all the way through the epilogue. Usually those aren't too important, but it was a revelation to see Catelyn Stark still alive after all that. Wouldn't it be kinder to just let her die now. Her whole family is gone.