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Guess Which Book-Reader Favorite Character Won't Be Appearing on 'Game of Thrones' After All?

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by Sam Adams
June 25, 2014 12:27 PM
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Spoilers for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire below

Looks like critics who felt "Game of Thrones" was getting plenty supernatural without the addition of book-reader favorite character Lady Stoneheart are getting their wish: Michelle Fairley, who played the pre-dead Catelyn Stark, has told Entertainment Weekly she will not be returning as George R.R. Martin's reanimated angel of vengeance. (She also discusses this week's episode of "24: Live Another Day," so spoilers there as well.)

You couldn’t have missed the online furor over the lack of Lady Stoneheart in the "Thrones" finale. Were you surprised by that attention?

I actually haven’t seen any of that. I don’t look that stuff up. I avoid it like the plague. I was totally unaware.

There was a lot of online conversation. I heard third-hand that you were basically told that it’s not likely to ever happen. Is that accurate?

Yeah, the character’s dead. She’s dead.

Do you have a preference at all—do you think Catelyn’s arc should end where it ended, or would you be into the resurrection idea?

You respect the writers’ decision. 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.

Turns out Lena Headey was just messing with fans, which is nearly as wrong as unfairly condemning your brother to death for the murder of your son.

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  • edda briggs-thiele | June 27, 2014 12:37 PMReply

    I like everything they do with GAME OF THONES. Follow the book, don't follow the book---I don't care too much. But the books are great and it would be sorrowful to depart from them too much.

  • Bernadette | June 25, 2014 4:33 PMReply

    if you read the books, how Michelle said "the character is dead" is the same way the brother on the Isle spoke of The Hound. He said "The Hound is dead" and when Brienne stated "So it is true, Sandor Clegane is dead", the brother said "He is at peace". But, that does NOT mean the character is dead because in the book there is a brother tall as The Hound, limps and keeps his face covered and his horse Stranger who no one but The Hound can touch is in the stables. I believe the Catelyn Stark character is dead but Lady Stoneheart will be here soon.

  • Mark | June 25, 2014 4:16 PMReply

    The only storyline this foreseeably affects is Jaime and Brienne's. I'm certain GRRM had something greater in mind for the following books, but seeing as how D&D know the ending, perhaps it wasn't great enough.

  • BlackfyreNL | June 25, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    None of this proves definitively that the character will not appear; she says the character is dead, which is indeed what Stoneheart is, technically. She doesn't say the character will never ever appear. The bit about not being able to stick to the books a hundred percent is true, but cutting a character whose impact on other characters and the storyline as a whole is still unknown seems illogical to me. Not sticking to the books fully could still mean the character appears, but not in the same place or with the same people as you'd expect..

  • Trance | June 25, 2014 1:22 PMReply

    ***Spoilers abound so advance with caution***

    This season was lackluster and overall disappointing. The finale was a waste of time. Besides Brienne's epic battle, everything else fell flat. What was up with Shae? So they spent two seasons developing this complex character just to wipe her away in such an unmemorable fashion? And I'm still on sold on the way Tyrion was able to kill his father. How does on just stroll into the king's chambers and carry out such an attack? Where were the king's guards? Considering the tensed atmosphere at king's landing, isn't it a little odd that king is not heavily guarded?

  • Johnathan | June 25, 2014 2:32 PM

    His father wasn't the king and he wasn't in the kings chambers he was in the tower of the hand. There's also secret passages throughout the tower so yeah that's how he killed him.

  • Michael | June 25, 2014 1:13 PMReply

    Lol i meant can't say anything if its supposed to be a surprise for the audience and even book readers now so it seems

  • Michael | June 25, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    Well she can't really say she will appear if its supposed to be a reply either. But if she is indeed cut many of the storyline they have set up does not make any sense at all

  • bohmer | June 25, 2014 12:46 PMReply

    She could still say that not to spoiled anything...It still seems crazy to me that D&D would not use that character. Why would you introduce the Brotherhood Without Banners and a multiple time resurrecting Beric Dondarrion if not to include Stoneheart?!

  • Frunken | June 25, 2014 3:31 PM

    They probably didn't realize the full reason of the BWB until later, or they planned on including Lady Stoneheart and changed their minds. It's also possible they felt the Hound scene was too important/cool to change. Remember, at that point they were also being much more faithful to the books, and that story leads to Arya ending up with the Hound.

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