After the horrifying Red Wedding finale in Game of Thrones season 3, many fans were disappointed that Lady Stoneheart never made an appearance in future seasons.
It’s fair to say that when it came to an end, Game of Thrones had disappointed many fans (and even stars of the show) by how it rushed through George R. R. Martin’s books and what it also skipped out. One of those elements was Lady Stoneheart, the undead version of Catelyn Stark. As fans will already know (and painfully remember), Catelyn was murdered at the Red Wedding along with her son Robb Stark and his wife, Talisa Stark, who was carrying their unborn child. It was a horrific moment that was seared into audiences’ brains forever more. But in the books, Catelyn is resurrected as Lady Stoneheart to exact her bloody revenge on those responsible.
While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed a few specific reasons why Lady Stoneheart was left out of the series. It largely had to do with the fact they were already planning to kill (and subsequently resurrect) Jon Snow in the future, and by adding another resurrection into the mix would’ve cheapened the entire ordeal. Plus, bringing back Michelle Fairley as Lady Stoneheart could have potentially ruined her character’s arc and the actress’ impact in the role. They also mentioned that they didn’t want to ruin whatever else George R. R. Martin has planned for Lady Stoneheart, since he’s currently still writing The Winds of Winter.
“Part of the reason we didn’t want to put it in had to do with things coming up in George’s books that we don’t want to spoil [by discussing them], We knew we had Jon Snow’s resurrection coming up. Too many resurrections start to diminish the impact of characters dying. We wanted to keep our powder dry for that. 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,
Are you disappointed Michelle Fairley didn’t get to return as Lady Stoneheart? Should the Game of Thrones showrunners have used the undead Catelyn Stark? Sound-off in the comments below!
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, and Hannah Murray as Gilly. The series was run by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss across all eight seasons.
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