Like Ned Stark was?
I see your point though, it seems unlikely that, say, Snow will die. But other PoVs like Daenerys, Jamie or Tyrion, do these seem immortal to you? Anywhere near Mat or Perrin, Egwene or Nynaeve?
It's not about the numbers of "importance A"-characters to die, it's about the fact that in GoT, Martin displayed willingness to let them do so, something which still sticks. I don't expect people to die all the time, but WoT goes WAY to far in protecting main character's lives. That being said, I stopped reading aSoIaF after book three 'cause I just didn't like them at all. Even so, the fear of the characters lives made me go through two more books when I kinda hated the first one. It's about tension.
Put it this way, when tGS first came and you read through it, was there any point where you feared for a main character's life? It should have been, because there were dangerous situations, but at least for me, there was not. Rand is one thing, but Egwene and Nynaeve at least ARE expandable.
Rand with Semirhage in tGS would have been a more powerful scene if Semirhage had made Rand kill Min. It would have made more sense as well ( in as, nothing more can be done to me this time). I love Min, but still.
Verin isn't a character of the same importance (I'm not speaking of the plot, but her emotional value to the reader) as, say, Min. The only one of those we lost were Moiraine, a tragic but heroic death - oh, did I say death? I meant couple of month's absence.
Don't misunderstand me, Moiraine might be my absolute favorite char of all time, and Min is lovely, but I want some of them to die just as much as I want the ones I hate to die. It's about loss, which is an emotion I feel way to little when I read WoT. I mean, at the end of Moiraine's letter to Rand, "May the light illumine and protect you. You will do well". Even writing it I get a chill. Moiraine coming back might be one of the most "meh" moments of my life. (It's sad, but that's another story :p)
I don't like the elaborate brutality of aSoIaF, but while I am dying to put my hands on aMoL, I'm not really dreading mayhem. When Brandon talks about a main character dying, I have the feeling that it's like Bashere or something. That's not enough for me.
To further elaborate, here's a list of the people I am talking about:
Rand - not gonna happen.
Perrin - not gonna happen. If he could have died at the end of book four, he would have been one of my favorite chars.
Mat - not gonna happen. Instead he lost an eye.
Min - should have died to Rand's hand during the whole Semirhage-mess.
Aviendha - not really a MAJOR character, but she does hold some emotional value for me.
Elayne - seems really unlikely. I like Elayne, so it would have been a sad death for me. At the same time, it would have been awesome.
Faile - not a character I like, but one who's death could have worked well as a stage on which Perrin could shine.
Tuon - only on the list cause of Mat. Don't really care for her.
Egwene - To late now. Egwene dying in the rebel camp to Aran'gar would have made the Forsaken a force the readers would actually fear, and could be brilliant as something more to happen to Rand.
Nynaeve - I LOVE Nynaeve. She should definitely have died (tough love, as they say :p)
Lan - These two should die together in aMoL. The one death (or two) I still think I might have.
Thom - don't think he will die now.
Moiraine - "dying", coming back, then dying again? everything awesome with Moiraine and her enormous sacrifice for humankind was wiped away with her return.
Siuan - could have died while saving Egwene at some point. Now, seems unlikely.
Taim - little emotional value except through Rand. That is a lot, though.
Might be more, but that's most of them for me. This list made me remember when I read ToM for the first time, and Bryne and Siuan died and was like "wow omg we almost died", and I was like "dude, this happens like 20 times each book".
I think this might be one of the reasons I feel book 7-> are way worse than the six first. All the tension has gone.
Which is besides the point whereas I am concerned, as I hope you have understood. I tend to just ramble, so if you don't catch what I'm saying, you're probably not alone :p