There are loads of modifications between HBO’s Game of Thrones sequence and George R.R. Martin’s authentic A Song of Ice and Fire books — at the least those which have been launched to date. But even with all of the modifications, Lady Stoneheart garnered a lot fan consideration and was talked up so relentlessly by book-readers that even probably the most informal Game of Thrones watcher had questions on whether or not or not she would seem.
Since the revenant by no means really made an look within the sequence, followers have all the time had a couple of excellent questions on why she was minimize. Thankfully, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have lastly offered some solutions.
[Ed Note: This publish accommodates spoilers for your entire Game of Thrones sequence.]
The showrunners’ Lady Stoneheart data comes from the upcoming guide “Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon,” James Hibbard’s behind-the-scenes take a look at the making of HBO’s Game of Thrones sequence, which had an excerpt published in Entertainment Weekly.
As a little bit of transient background for individuals who aren’t within the loop, Lady Stoneheart is the resurrected type of Catelyn Stark. Following the occasions of the Red Wedding, the place Catelyn was murdered, Beric Dondarrion provides his life to resurrect Catelyn. But she’s totally different when she returns to life.
Her wounds from the marriage don’t heal, and forestall her from talking. More importantly she now has an all-consuming need for vengeance over her and her household’s betrayal. She takes management of the Brotherhood Without Banners, and roams Westeros in search of her revenge towards the Lannisters and the Freys.
According to Benioff and Weiss the the primary motive they skipped out on Lady Stoneheart was because of a plot element from one in every of Martin’s upcoming books. Unfortunately, the pair solely provided this tease, however averted really discussing the occasions in query to keep away from spoilers for Martin’s books. Of course, we will all the time make our personal inferences, and based mostly on the place Lady Stoneheart is within the books it’s definitely attainable that this has one thing to do with Brienne.
The second motive was just a little extra easy and sensible. Benioff and Weiss knew that Jon Snow’s resurrection was on the horizon, so that they opted to attenuate the variety of characters who got here again from the useless. They figured if too many characters got here again it will dampen the shock when Jon got here again in season 6 after dying in season 5.
The last causes the showrunning duo had for not together with Lady Stoneheart was merely that Catelyn Stark’s loss of life was simply too good the primary time round. For Game of Thrones as a sequence, the Red Wedding could be its most iconic and vital moments and Benioff and Weiss felt it may reduce the marriage’s emotional affect if one of many characters returned, irrespective of how badly scarred. Another associated concern for the pair was that they felt the Lady Stoneheart position would have been a waste of Michelle Fairley.
“Catelyn’s last moment was so fantastic and Michelle is such a great actress, to bring her back as a zombie who doesn’t speak felt like diminishing returns,” Benioff mentioned.
While none of those solutions are too stunning, it’s good to lastly have some rationalization of why the fan-favorite character by no means made it to the display. On prime of that, it’s troublesome to not really feel like characters like Lady Stoneheart, or Young Griff may have been integral components of the present’s previous few seasons had they been included.
In reality, Martin himself has mentioned that Lady Stoneheart “is an important part of” the sequence’ sixth guide, “The Winds of Winter.” At least with Benioff and Weiss’ tantalizing trace that a part of the rationale she wasn’t included being a plot level in Martin’s unreleased books, followers can relaxation assured that Lady Stoneheart is as soon as once more returning to the sequence.