Tommen is certainly "less horrible than Joffrey" - but have we really seen that he is good? Actively good? Rather than "we haven't seen him be nasty yet, but that's because he's had no particular desire or ability to cause anyone any harm"?
Trill, maybe he is that mean! But then, I feel like he hasn't been quite so cruel in the last couple books, who was the last major character (that people liked!) who he killed off? I think it was in Book 3.
Must admit I was shocked, and you generally tend to think that by book five you're inured to the demise of main characters...
I found it extra chilling though as it seemed to be a model of Ceasar's murder...(stabbed in the back?? Someone up and coming, full of talent getting too big for their (red?) boots, challenging the status quo, and ulimately murdered for it by the people people around them, <shudder>
I've just finished book 6 now comes the long wait for the next one
But horror of all horrors they have killed off my favourite Character i had to reread it three times, i really can't believe it. JON SNOW is DEAD, well presumed dead, i mean a sword through the shoulder blades kind of implies death, but then i thought Theon died, and then there was a Reek so who knows.