Former ‘Game Of Thrones’ star Michelle Fairley may have just clinched the fate of Lady Stoneheart in a new interview — and it doesn’t sound good.
The internet was abuzz following Game Of Thrones’ fourth season finale when Lady Stoneheart didn’t show up, as she did in the epilogue of A Storm Of Swords. While director Alex Graves, who directed the final episode, revealed that there were no plans whatsoever to include the pivotal character during that time, it didn’t necessarily mean that we wouldn’t see Lady Stoneheart in the future. However, in a new interview, former GoT cast member Michelle Fairley — who played Catelyn Stark — may have just sealed the Lady’s fate. And it’s not good news. SPOILERS are below!
Lady Stoneheart Cut From ‘Game Of Thrones’, Says Michelle Fairley
“The character’s dead,” Michelle told EW. “She’s dead.” The outlet revealed that Michelle was told it would likely never happen, and when asked about a preference — Lady Stoneheart or no Lady Stoneheart — Michelle said, “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.”
Who Is Lady Stoneheart? Well, Catelyn Stark’s Reanimated Corpse
Extraneous stuff along the— OK, that hurts. For those of you who are not up to speed, Lady Stoneheart is Catelyn Stark’s reanimated corpse. There’s no nice or normal-sounding way to say it. After her throat was slit at the Red Wedding, she was thrown into a river and left to float there for three days before she was pulled out by Lord Beric Dondarrion, who resurrected her by giving his life for hers.
Catelyn adopted the name Lady Stoneheart as she joined the Brotherhood Without Banners to lead them in mercilessly executing all traitors — especially Lannisters and Freys, and anyone who associates with them.
The Implications Of Lady Stoneheart’s Absence Are Kind Of Huge
It was an incredibly chilling, powerful moment when her character was revealed, and just the thought of what could happen if the Starks are ever reunited — broken, bloodied, and changed as they are — is so exciting. The Stark children are each operating on their own little islands, believing that both of their parents are dead. If Arya found out her mother was alive (kind of), would she return to Westeros? Would Sansa go north? Would Bran return from beyond the wall, and would Rickon pull himself out of whatever hidey hole he’s chilling out in?
Most importantly, would Lady Stoneheart have accepted them back into her arms, or is she too far bent on revenge for that?
Not only is all of that interesting from a character standpoint, but from a mythological standpoint — it drives home the fact that magic is very alive and very real in Westeros, and its consequences can be dire. If they can resurrect Catelyn, who was once (relatively) harmless and is now a revenge-driven murderer, who could be next?
However, by Michelle’s words, it looks like we may never see it play out on screen.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you disappointed that we may very well never see Lady Stoneheart? Or do you think it’s the best choice for the series in favor of other, larger storylines? While the books are the books and the TV show is the TV show, this seems like a pretty huge thing to leave out. Or is it? Let us know your thoughts!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner