In some aspects..
from all the torture rumours, it's understandable that'd we'd automatically say "We're going to kill him'. But, I think that either way, he'd suffer more locked in a deep dark hole? Couldn't they be content with that? I mean, if they REALLY wanted to punish him, lock him in a hole and let him survive on bread and water, ya know? I don't think they should just KILL him. They should at least have another plan, just in case. I don't know.