Lady Stoneheart May Be Completely Left Out Of GAME OF THRONES
The following article discusses events that have taken place in season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones as well as the books that the hit television series is based on. There are major spoilers involved herein. You’ve been warned!
As the fourth season of HBO’s monstrous hit Game of Thrones came to a close a few weeks ago, there was something that many fans were expecting to see that never happened. An out-pouring of disappointment and outrage engulfed the internet as fans wanted to see the reveal of Lady Stoneheart. So what happened? Why was the character never revealed? Last week, we learned from season four finale director Alex Graves that there essentially was no room for the vengeful character in the current scheme of things. However, he didn’t know whether the show-runners had future plans for Stoneheart or not. But thanks to EW, we may have an idea of what to expect. Or not expect, for that matter.
While chatting with Michelle Fairley, who portrayed Catelyn Stark in the series, the actress reveals some rather disappointing news in regards to Lady Stoneheart and whether or not we can expect to see more of her.
EW: There was a lot of online conversation. I heard third-hand that you were basically told that it’s not likely to ever happen. Is that accurate?
Fairley: Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead.
EW: Do you have a preference at all—do you think Catelyn’s arc should end where it ended, or would you be into the resurrection idea?
Fairley: You respect the writers’ decision. I knew the arc, and that was it. They can’t stick to the books 100 percent. It’s impossible—they only have 10 hours per season. They have got to keep it dramatic and exciting, and extraneous stuff along the way gets lost in order to maintain the quality of brilliant show.
I’ll wait while you shed a few tears. Anyone who has read the books or watched this series knows that the story of Westeros is very sprawling and complicated and as Fairley suggests, they only have ten hours per season to tell this vast story. So it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise to learn that certain things will have to be omitted. It’s just a shame it has to be this one.
Now, is it possible that they just haven’t told Fairley the future plans for upcoming seasons and Lady Stoneheart could still rear her ugly head? Certainly, but I’m not holding my breath. The biggest reason that we’ve been given for the omission of the character is because the show-runners are worried the inclusion of Stoneheart would lessen the effect of the super tragic Red Wedding. Which is understandable, as that event was one of the most tragic and shocking events to ever grace the small screen. However, it certainly would be pretty bad ass to see the character wreak havoc on the land.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Stoneheart will eventually make it into the story or is she pretty much doomed to the pages of George R. R. Martin’s lengthy books? If she is indeed left out, it can be assumed that several characters, such as Brienne will have a much different fate in the series compared to the books. Sound off below!
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