I was a bit shocked, just finished watching it now, but im also glad that they are not doing what many shows do by getting bogged down with one or two good characters. A good show moves at a good pace. I am sad to see him go though, he was a great character. Im glad i did not read the books so i do not know what is coming up. I hope no one who has read the book gives any spoilers either, and if they do they should make it clear outside of using the spoiler function first so that people dont presume they are only talking about the latest episode.