And this is before counting the ripple effect that new deaths would cause to the story: Would Volantis seek revenge on behalf of Talisa? Would Varys seek revenge on behalf of Ros? And if he does, against Joffrey or against Baelish? Would the White Walkers keep trying to collect Craster's baby even at the Wall? Would Sam tell Jon about his encounter with Bran? Did Bran ever tell him about Rickon? Did Maester Aemon bother to write Ser Jorah about his father? Would these men ever learn just how close they were working with each other's relatives, Mormont and Targaryen?