Hey, there, Game of Thrones fans reading this: do you prefer to be kept blissfully unaware of the potential and/or hypothetical doings on your favorite TV show? Well then allow us to urge you to stop reading right now and complain not of the spoilers — yes, SPOILERS! — you’re about to read if your eyes move below this very line (yes, this one). Don’t say we didn’t warn you ‘cuz we did. Alright, now that that’s out of the way…
Did you hear this? The one about how Lady Stoneheart, the returned-from-the-dead iteration of Catelyn Stark, might not even appear on the HBO series Game of Thrones? Because according to many fans, the idea certainly reads like a joke. (In fact most people expected her to show up at the end of the finale.) But if Michelle Fairley is to be taken at her word in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, we may not ever see the much-anticipated in the television series at all.
When asked point blank about a rumor that she was told there would be no new Lady, Fairley responded, “[T]he character’s dead. She’s dead.”
And while that news might upset many a book reader of the Song of Ice and Fire, Fairley was more compassionate to the limitations of the small screen adaptation. “You respect the writers’ decision. … 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.”
Personally, we agree with Fairley if that is indeed how showrunners Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided to play it. I mean, jeez, the show is already a behemoth, what more do you want from the guys, you know? Stoneheart’s in the book — can’t that be enough?
Let us know what you think in the comments.