After reading A Dance With Dragons, I recognized a feeling that nobody seems to have died in the book. (I recall only Sir Patrek dying, that too only because of the bet). Indeed GRRM seems to be bringing back characters hitherto thought dead. Is there anybody who can compile statistics or something to prove/disprove this?

To clarify what I mean, I don't recall any major PoV dying. With no king dead, two characters brought back from the dead, and one major character not as dead as cliff-hangerly hinted at.

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    The title of this question is sort of a spoiler for ADWD, don't you think?
    – Josh
    Aug 3, 2011 at 16:27
  • It could just mean that I know GRRM is a serial killer and bodies with his signature are not showing up anymore. Yes, I sort of see your point though.
    – apoorv020
    Aug 3, 2011 at 16:57
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    I think the whole GRRM is killing people thing is wrong to begin with. Beside Ned and Robb, which really major character dies?
    – Jakob
    Jan 27, 2014 at 13:47
  • GRRM doesn't kill people. He kills imaginary characters.
    – JoshDM
    Aug 3, 2014 at 18:44
  • I seem to recall that 6 Trebuchets were launched at the end of ADWD (6 hostages)...
    – Möoz
    Sep 2, 2014 at 3:35

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Your memory is a bit dodgy, I'm afraid. Major characters dead (or presumed/reported dead) in A Dance With Dragons include:

Janos Slynt
Quentyn Martell
Kevan Lannister
Stannis Baratheon
Mance Rayder
Jon Snow

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    Ah, but the last three characters you mentioned are not necessarily dead. The second is probably the most significant death of the lot.
    – apoorv020
    Jul 31, 2011 at 20:04
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    Don't know about 5, he was killed, brought back to life and then announced dead in the same book.
    – apoorv020
    Jul 31, 2011 at 21:00
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    I'm still on the fence about #4. We only have Ramsay's word that he died. #5 is the same, but revealing his true name means that he is at least a captive. #6 is probably dead, but will almost certainly be brought back as his death seems to be fulfilling the Azor Ahai prophecy. On a side note, #3's death was the saddest for me. Always liked that character. Aug 21, 2011 at 1:52
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    I've been wondering long and hard about 5&6 (interestingly enough, I was thinking the exact thing asked in this post right before #6 got offed)...my gut tells me both those guys have to be around in some way, shape or form going forward. I never got the impression that #4 was really dead and this seems like winterfell is getting bad intel or ramsay is just bs'ing
    – kekekela
    Aug 24, 2011 at 18:54
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    Don't forget pretty pig :(
    – Nick
    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:15

Well, I don't have a statistic, but I think that this image, in which a Reddit user tabbed their books with a post-it for every death in the books - answers your question insofar as whether people die in A Dance of Dragons:

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The answer: yes, people die. A lot of people die.


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