Most of what this guy is saying is in line with most of my theories as well. Very well written, thanks for posting!
One thing that can't be stressed enough is that the impression that Martin will kill any main character at any point is patently false, and this writer does a good of pointing that out. Ned's death was necessary, particularly if the main character is actually Jon. Now, it may appear
that he will kill anyone at anytime. After Ned, he hit us with the following:
Arya takes an axe to the back of the head! (oh wait, it was the flat of the axe, she's ok!)
Robb is killed at the RW! (as this writer points out, Robb never even had a single POV chapter)
Catelyn is killed at the RW! (now she's back as Lady Stoneheart)
Bran and Rickon were killed by Theon. (No, these were fakes. Bran and Rickon are still around)
Crap, now they've murdered, Jon! (and ADWD OPENS with Varmyr Sixskins and how Wargs can cheat death, mentions how well Melisandre can perform glamors, gives examples of red priests bringing people back from the dead, and basically gives us numerous options for how Jon can come back, if he even died in the first place).
So, assuming that Jon is back, Ned and Robb are really the only two major protagonists that have truly been killed off. The bad guys are going to die, so they don't count, bet hell, even the Cleganes are still around after we thought they were done.
This post was edited on 7/14 at 1:11 am