‘Game Of Thrones’ Director: Why Lady Stoneheart Was Cut From Finale

Mon, June 16, 2014 1:41pm EDT by 15 Comments 45,248 Article Views
Game Of Thrones Lady Stoneheart Cut
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Chris

Posted at 10:44 AM on June 17, 2014  

How about next time not putting spoilers in the title of the article?

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Stark

Posted at 2:10 PM on June 24, 2014  

Actually, that should have helped you. If you haven’t read the books, you should have thought: “who is lady stone heart?” And then had the sense not to proceed to the body of the article or google, if you didn’t want the answer to that question spoiled.

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Nicolas

Posted at 10:42 AM on June 17, 2014  

It’s disappointing but par for the course with TV. Nothing they have changed from the books has been for the better but it’s a case of “boys and their toys” thinking they know better. Sometimes people really do succeed in spite of themselves. And when you look at the scope of the show, the sets, the scale. . it’s not feasible to bring Fairly back as Stoneheart? Really? Here’s a tip: Save a few bucks on extras running around naked or a beheading or two and get the actress for the part people care about. Like I said. . . Boys and their toys.

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Eff

Posted at 3:21 PM on June 17, 2014  

Shut yer yapper.

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Dan Hughes

Posted at 10:23 AM on June 17, 2014  

She has to appear if not I consider it a cost cutting reason..nothing more…Im done if she dont show up in season five

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Meg

Posted at 11:23 AM on June 17, 2014  

It may have been for fiscal reasons, but I think it had more to do with plot lines and juggling story arcs. The writers may have felt it was too random to introduce her at the end without having even mentioned the brotherhood this season. And for those who do not read the books, they may not have been able to draw all the connections necessary for it to make sense. It also could have been for climatic reasons. They need to have something shocking for next season and that is a key game changer.

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Renee

Posted at 10:07 AM on June 17, 2014  

I’m OK with her not appearing this season, but I am not OK with them cutting her out entirely. The more I read about their “reasons” for some of the changes they make, the more I think the people writing and producing the show just want to show a lot of gore and sex and nudity and don’t understand or care to understand the actual story. This is why book readers are angry. The show has left out so much of Brienne and Pod’s storyline, and even cut so much of what is really happening with Dany that they’re almost just these throwaway characters who don’t mean anything and that isn’t the case. They have 10 hours every season — do something with that time! Quit adding useless crap like Craster’s Keep and give us Coldhands, FPS.

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Mimi

Posted at 6:46 PM on June 16, 2014  

What I am up in arms about is the dearth of Margaery/Cersei drama in the finale ( really the last half of the season). Natalie Dormer said in many interviews that we were going to see lots of this , and that Cersei was quite devious in her actions toward Margaery. I’ve been waiting all season to see this, but nothing was shown. Were these scenes cut, did they ever exist, or was Natalie just talking about subtext?

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Renee

Posted at 10:09 AM on June 17, 2014  

Probably because that stuff doesn’t really go down until books 4 and 5. It does get serious, but they haven’t gotten there yet. Think Anne Boleyn, with Cersei as Henry VIII. Only with a different twist.

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Abetterplace

Posted at 4:12 PM on June 16, 2014  

Don’t want to see her anyway, she was evil enough as a human but to come in as a WWalker I can do without her. jmo

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Jovet

Posted at 5:40 PM on June 16, 2014  

There (understandably) appears to be a lot of confusion as to what is what on the show and books.

— White Walker = the race of recluse ice and cold dependant “gods” worshiped by some of the wildlings that live in the far north. They are alive and mortal, and yet are not human. They likely serve the unspoken Lord of Darkness who antagonizes Melissandre’s Lord of Light.

— “The Others”/”an Other” = the White Walker race/a White Walker; the terms are interchangable.

— Wight = a reanimated corpse under the direct control of a White Walker. Any dead creature can become a Wight at a White Walker’s will. They have glowing blue eyes and do not breathe or circulate blood. They have no will of their own and cannot speak or communicate. They move solely through the sheer will of force of the one controlling them, not necessarily through their corporeal capacity (i.e. muscles). Wights are only truly vulnerable to fire.

— Resurrected one = a dead human brought back to a half-life through very rare magic. Such a person breathes and circulates blood, and moves and acts within their physical capacity. A Resurrected can talk and think and even remember their previous death, though they may not have the same spirit or strength or sense of purpose. Resurrection is not possible unless the body can be mended enough to support being alive again. A Resurrected is again mortal and can be killed again like any other person. Beric Dondarrion and Lady Stoneheart are Resurrecteds.

— Cold Hands = a curious figure who appears to be a Wight with a will of his own, or perhaps controlled by a White Walker who is sympathetic to humans. He does not exactly match any of these categories and his nature and motives are yet unexplained.

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joma

Posted at 10:32 AM on June 17, 2014  

Very good explanation

 
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Marcus Erectu

Posted at 4:21 AM on June 19, 2014  

But don’t you think it’ Benjen Stark?

 
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Marcus Erectus

Posted at 4:23 AM on June 19, 2014  

Sorry I was referring to Cold Hands in my comment.

 
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Stark

Posted at 2:22 PM on June 24, 2014  

Marcus: I don’t think coldhands is benjen. Coldhands died long ago.. I think it’s someone like the first night, bran the builder, Brandon Snow, etc. no clue who though.

 
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