Major character to die in next Gaunts Ghosts novel.
Theres going to be spoilers in here for those that aren't up to date on the series obviously. Mentioning a few previous deaths and you'll be able to tell whose still alive and therefore safe till you're up to date. So read on at your peril.
Ok so, Khorne's Fist has brought up in his 'BL - Dublin' thread, that they announced another major character from the series will die in the next novel. Speculation time people!
So in my head I see Gaunt, Rawne, Mkoll, Curth, Larkin and Criid as the 'untochables'. The ones I just don't think will die, at least not until the final novel. Gaunt for the obvious reason. Rawne is just too big a character, arguably the biggest character other than Gaunt himself, having killed Corbec before, I just can't see the last Tanith high ranking officer getting killed. Mkoll is, Mkoll, I personally don't think he'll even die in the final novel. Larkin I see surviving for almost the same reasons as Rawne, having killed Bragg and had his whole ordeal with Cuu, it just doesn't seem like he will. Curth is the only senior medic left, Kolding just isn't a big enough character or possess enough presence to fill that role. And Criid, again much like Rawne, Larkin and Mkoll, I just see her surviving till the very end.
Banda, Nessa, Domor and Brostin, all seem to have had their roles somewhat diminished from main characters as of late. Granted Nessa has never really been main, but she's been important enough to not be thrown in at the level of say Hwlan, Leyr, Lubba or Derin, to name but a few. So I just don't think their deaths will have enough impact or could be considered 'major' characters. Cant could also be thrown in with these, though that death scare in Salvations Reach has kept him safe in my mind.
Blenner and the other newcomers introduced in Salvations Reach, just haven't been round long enough(one novel in fact, apart from Blenner) and even then weren't really all that expanded upon in the last novel, apart from Wilder, but again, too new, not enough impact. Blenner may have made several appearances throughout the series and may well be a main character, but he just doesn't again, seem important enough. Kolding would also apply here.
Zweil is just too old, I think most people are expecting him to be on his way out.
I think virtually everyone is expecting Meryns demise and would in fact cheer it, so I'm ruling him out too.
Baskevyl, Ludd and Ban Daur, whilst vulnerable, major enough to make an impact yet not quite on the same level as my 'Untouchables', are in my mind relatively safe. More on Ludd below, but for Ban Daur, I just feel so much of the last novel was spent toying with the idea of killing him and then ultimately not, that it would almost seem redundant to kill him off in the very next novel. As for Bask, again, in the last novel we were given the impression, even if just for a little while, that he was dead, combined with his status as a true major character being a little off and on. I see him as a main character, I felt that shiver go through me when he was supposedly dead, but not to the same level as other main characters.
So with all that said, my list of the character to be killed is: Kolea, Varl, Bonin, Eszrah, Maggs, Beltayn, Hark and Dalin Criid. Though the last three I'm a little less worried about. I'm seriously worried about Varl, Bonin and Beltayn, all three of them are big favourites of mine, but seem to be almost waiting to get killed to sucker punch me, when Varl was being shot at by the Sirkle in Salvations Reach, I was reading every line with trepidation. Dalin seems like a death that could really rock Tona, make her go really fucking off the rails, Kolea would have a similar effect on her, as would the death of Dalin on Kolea or vice versa. Eszrah just seems to be waiting to throw himself infront of Gaunt to save his life at any point. Hark could be killed off heroically, forcing Ludd to really step up and giving him that major hit of having his mentor and role model killed, this being the reason I think Ludd is safe, although Ludd could of course be killed to give Hark that rare push that we saw with Soric, although that's also the exact reason I don't think it will happen, as we've already seen it happen to him. And Maggs, well he's certainly major enough in my head, yet still vulnerable like Varl, Bonin and Beltayn, though his death just would slap me as hard as those three, though I still like his character a lot with that being said.
So yeah, my real concerns are Varl, Bonin and Beltayn. But that's just because they aren't 'untouchable' and are some of my favourite characters. But there deaths would just be, hard hitting deaths. Kolea, Dalin and Hark on the other hand would also provide some major character development for other characters as well as being big hits(well not so much Dalin, I personally don't really care about him, but it would hurt our beloved Tona).