Anticipated Game Of Thrones character to be omitted?

News Louisa Mellor
26 Jun 2014 - 07:32

Fans weren't happy when a certain character didn't appear in the Game Of Thrones season 4 finale. Will she be omitted completely?

Warning: go no further if you don't want to read A Song Of Ice And Fire spoilers.

The moment the credits rolled on Game Of Thrones' season four finale, The Children, a wailing cry was heard around the land. "Whither Lady Stoneheart?" fans asked (except they didn't, because nobody says whither these days).

Those familiar with George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire series will know Lady Stoneheart as (really, really look away now if you don't want to be spoiled) the undead incarnation of Catelyn Stark, resurrected by Beric Dondarrion, and now the vengeance-fuelled leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners.

Lady Stoneheart's appearance in the books is one of the saga's great surprises, but it seems likely it's a surprise the TV adaptation isn't going to borrow. Speaking after the finale aired, its director Alex Graves praised the grand work D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have done in adapting Martin's novels, saying that the discovery of Lady Stoneheart was never on the cards for season four, and perhaps, shouldn't ever be.

"To bring back Michelle Fairley" Graves told EW, "one of the greatest actresses around, to be a zombie for a little while - and just kill people? It is really sort of, what are we doing with that? How does it play into the whole story in a way that we’re really going to like? It just didn’t end up being a part of what was going to happen this season".

Add to that EW's latest chat with Fairley herself, who seemed pretty certain that Stoneheart wasn't going to appear in the TV series. "The character's dead. She's dead" Fairley told Entertainment Weekly.

Would Fairley have gone for 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 ten 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."

That seems fairly set in stone then.

Entertainment Weekly

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