Gird your loins lords and ladies, because if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you should be fairly warned that the future (at least the immediate one) is not going any less bloody: more death is on the way. NOTE: This article is SPOILER-FREE. 

As you can check out in the video from 2013 Emmys red carpet, Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington promises that season 4 – which will cover the second half of book 3, A Storm of Swords, in author George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – will feature more character deaths than any previous season. Yikes.

Considering that we’re coming off a season 3 that saw one of the most controversial TV episodes and character deaths of recent memory, it’s really saying something that Harrington proclaims more bloody ends to come in season 4.

Of course (and as always), fans of the novels already have plenty of idea what’s in store; but then again, the “Rains of Castamere” taught us that even those who think they know what’s coming can still be taken by surprise by how grisly showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff can be with their creative adaptation of the material. And with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s recent rumblings about wanting to create a villain worse than Breaking Bad‘s Walter White/Heisenberg, who knows how dark HBO will get with its execution (no pun) of the closing half to A Storm of Swords.

So hold on fans of the show and fans of the books, alike. We’ve told you that this is a show playing by different rules, where no one is safe, and little is sacred.

On final thought: Let’s not be so quick to be so cynical: Maybe the deaths that Harrington is mentioning will involve some of those insidious characters we wanted to see meet a miserable end for quite some time. Could Game of Thrones balance the scales and finally give us some justice?

We’ll find out when Game of Thrones returns for season 4 in Spring of 2014.

Source: Access Hollywood