to my last point, I don’t mean authors should never kill the heroes of their stories. they can and should. i just mean that the deaths have to make some kind of sense?
for instance, ned’s death was arguably “unexpected” but it made sense in terms of his life. he had been honorable and in his way he died for honor. and he had been in prison, after all— we just all expected him to be liberated one way or another.
robb’s death as a part of the story because he was killed for a rather youthful mistake- “love”- and there was this irony because he kept winning, winning, winning, but in the end he lost. and he had been losing his bannermen up to that point. so while it was shocking, we could appreciate the thematic beauty of the moment.
and, yeah, I realize certain authors go for realism and death is random but as a writer, as a person telling a coherent story, you can’t just say “fuck it” and do whatever. i hate to break it to you, but in order to leave your readers somewhat satisfied with your ending you have to make a hero’s death tie in— some way, somehow.
for an example of a shitty death: bellatrix lestrange. that was a bad ending to that character’s story. there, i’ve said it. and i’d be pressed if another author did something similar, in any saga.